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reeltime2 posted 06-01-2000 01:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for reeltime2   Send Email to reeltime2  
I am installing new running lights on my 1986 15 s.s. When I got the boat there werent any wires swithes or anything to do w/ the running lights besides the front fixture. After insalling a new rub rail I can see that my bow light wire runs through the rub rail and exits through the passanger side of the interior about one foot in front of the transom. I just have a hole and my newly added wire how did the factory "dress up" the wire comeing through hole? Where does the wire go from there? Is there any plastic conduit used from the factory? Ive never seen the origanal wiring or swithes. I want to keep it as origanal as possible.
Thanks in advance for your replies,
Mike in Seattle posted 06-02-2000 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mike in Seattle  Send Email to Mike in Seattle     
Hi Rick-

I've got an '84 15' center console. I can tell you what I've got but as to whether it's completely stock or how it differs from how yours should be, I'll leave to others.

My bow light wire comes through the hull in the port side near the transom as you describe. Mounted over that hole is a brown plastic box. It's 3.5" high, 2.5" wide and .75" deep. It has a screw in each corner that attaches it to the hull. 2 sets of wires exit the side, near the bottom, toward the transom.

The 1999 West Marine catalog shows a electrical connection block called an "Independant Connector" by Blue Sea Systems. The 2 conductor version would look very similar to what's inside the brown box but no cover is included with it.

In the box, the bow light wires are screwed to the forward 2 terminals and the rear terminals have 2 sets of 2 wires; one set goes to the "all-around" light and the other set goes straight down the inside of the hull to the floor, follows the curve of the corner formed by the transom and floor. In my case, the wire then goes into the floor tunnel to the center console to the "nav light" switch and power.

I hope this helps. I can send you a pic if you wish (need your e-mail address) but it won't show much more than a "brown box".

Mike in Seattle
sunny and 68

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