Navigation Lamp Connector Repair

Repair or modification of Boston Whaler boats, their engines, trailers, and gear
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Navigation Lamp Connector Repair

Postby Ntmncer » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:36 pm

Hi. I have a 1981 MONTAUK 17. While mounting the classic [white all-round light pole lamp], I attached the snap-plug male leads to the female receptacle in the harness; the male pin snapped off in the female connector.

I was able to pull out the broken pin with needle nose pliers, but now I have a lead with a pin snapped-off

I am sure I can replace [some part referred to as "it] with a (4-gauge) heat shrink snap-plug, but how do i get the jacket off the lead on the lamp pole without cutting the wire?

Cutting the cable would shorten its length. A new [white all-round pole lamp] is expensive, and I'd like to repair mine first.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.


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Re: Navigation Lamp Connector Repair

Postby jimh » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:33 am

First, the MONTAUK 17 does not have a "sternlight". It generally has a white all-round light. Navigation lights are what will be seen by other boats, and the light comes from a lamp. On a MONTAUK 17 the white all-round light is usually provided by a pole-mounted lamp.

Also, I do not know what you mean by an electrical connector that is a "snap-plug" or a replacement that would be "a (4-gauge) heat shrink snap plug." These terms are unknown to me.

Unless the connector body is a molded-on body and the contacts and connector body are in a one-piece unrepairable assembly, there should be some means to remove the back shell of the connector body and access the internal wiring of the connector.

To facilitate a better discussion, please provide a close-up image of the device you refer to as a "snap-plug male" electrical connector and the proposed replacement device you refer to as a "(4-gauge) heat shrink snap plug."

Also, if the electrical connectors are original c.1981 connectors, these 38-year-old connectors may be due for complete replacement.

The cable from the pole lamp can also be replaced and made longer.

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Re: Navigation Lamp Connector Repair

Postby frontier » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:54 am

Perko still makes the replacement double contact bayonet socket and wiring (60"long) - Perko part number 24-DP2. About $10.