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Landlocked posted 06-25-2001 11:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for Landlocked   Send Email to Landlocked  
Just a note of caution.... I purchased my montauk last may and have enjoyed the heck out of it for over a year now. Taking it on numerous day trips and a few 100 mile jaunts up and back on local rivers.

The boat looks great but there was a lot of wiring coiled in the bottom of the console. Early this spring I decided to start going through it and rewire the whole thing - new fuse blocks all new marine wiring, new switch pannels etc. The last job was to purchase new battery cables from West marine and feed them up to the console where the battery is mounted.(rests on floor through hole in bottom of console.)

I used the old battery cables to pull the new ones through. What I found made me stop and take a few breaths to regain my composure.

The previous owner had taken multiple 12 - 18 inch pieces of "off the shelf" battery cable fastened them together by running a bolt through the ends and wrapped the joints in black electrical tape.

Most of the tape was completely gone from years of laying in oil, gas, and bilge water in the tunnel. Definately a recipe for disaster. I can't think of the times in the last year that I have spilled gas into the tunnel or the tanks have gotten hot and leaked.

If you buy a used boat, go over the wiring with a fine tooth comb. Its relatively cheap to redo the whole thing if it needs it and it sure beats the alternative...

Ll.

jimh posted 06-26-2001 07:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
What some people do to their boats is often astonishing, but that battery cable installation may be the high-water mark of dumb!

It's good you found it.

The price of ANCOR battery cable at a marine store is a bit steep, but it's not that steep!

--jimh

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