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Re: DC Electric wiring

Name: Tom Assenmacher
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Category: Electronics/Navigation
Date: 17 Feb 2004
Time: 14:38:19
Remote Name: 208.194.67.194
Remote User: a37ioa

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Papo, I completely rewired our 1975 MK-II yawl (all except the mast wiring-I had rebuilt that several years earlier)about 2 years ago when we re-engined. Initially I was going to use some of the original wiring (wire was still good, but not marine), but decided to rip all of the old wire out, since I was removing all the trim, cabinet fronts, etc., and the old wire was more or less accessible. Although I didn't keep track of expenses (I started to do so, but it got too scary, and we were going to do the work regardless)I probably spent at least $1200 in wire, terminals, and AC and DC terminals alone, not including a new battery charger (about $320 for a Xantrex Truecharge 20 Plus Battery Charger). I used a lot of Blue Seas components (AC and DC panels, terminals, etc. Got the best deal on Blue Seas panels from SAILNet.com (at least the prices were good 2 years ago). Be sure not to skimp on wire and terminals (use only tin plated wire such as Ancor). I scrounged around several West Marine stores and found some reel ends of wire that saved some $$. It was a big job, but worth it in the long run - the lights don't flicker any more when the water pump runs!!!Good luck.


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