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richardm posted 05-31-2002 04:23 AM ET (US)   Profile for richardm   Send Email to richardm  
I have bought 16'6" bw 1976 hull with 1997 tohatsu 90 with unusual console/seats. It has low center mounted console with wheel with no windshield with bench seats on either side of wheel console. There is a midline bench seat for two coming aft from the wheel over two plastic 12 gal tanks which contect seperatly to gas line.
OK I am new to boating and boat upkeep.
Problems Bow light operation. on stern transom on port side there is an electric connection plate with about 10 screw down connection points. Coming out of the hull behind it there are three wires.
So how do you make the light work? and how do you bring current to the plate?
Also this boat has no stern light.
The good news is the motor works great. The bad news is about two shades of paint is peeling from the cockpit. Original tan gelcoat is showing in some areas. This boat is so beat up looking inside but I would like to shine her up and have fun.I got this boat from my brother who got from a guy who likes to fish and who moved up to an outrage.
Steve Leone posted 05-31-2002 11:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
richard, this is not an uncommon problem on older whalers. the wires are run from the bow light to the plate through the rubrail. you can test the integrity of the wires and connections using a v.o.a meter. generally the copper inside of the wires have blackened or corroded to a point where they no longer cunduct electricity anymore. the problem may also be the connections on the plate. the stern light also is powered at the plate but is switched at the console. if it is too much hassle to clean and repair the plate or run new wire there are alternatives to lighting a whaler. a regular masted Perko stern light works well for the back. a top mount navigation light mounted on the top of a center console will work up front. if you have a side console with grab rails in front of the console a rail mount navigation light is available from Aqua-signal. if you go this route you will need to purchase the light and the mounting bracket seperate. both of these lights can then be tied to a conventional two-position light switch on the console. a fuse block can also be purchased from "Perko". steve out.
richardm posted 05-31-2002 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for richardm  Send Email to richardm     
Thanks ,there was a guy doing some electric work at my house today who checked the wires with a voa meter and the wires are ok. The bow light plastic is cracked and the gasket is cracked so I need to replace these.
Thanks to Steve on suggestions about lights.
whalernut posted 05-31-2002 05:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Richard, is that 1976 Hull a Smirk hull or non-smirk hull, that is the year they changed and it could be either?? Just curious. Jack.
richardm posted 06-01-2002 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for richardm  Send Email to richardm     
Jack this boat has a non-smirk hull. The wires for the bow light go into the hull on top of the little step about 8 inches below the coaming.A friend of mine said I should just make a connection to the battery with a plug connection in between and a in line fuse. Also just mount a regular stern light from west marine or overtons.No switch,just turn on/off by plugging in.How does this sound?

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