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|Author||Topic: Spotlight connection|
posted 06-05-2001 01:45 PM ET (US)
My spotlight came with a lighter adapter, which never seem to work for me when I need them to. I purchased the identical 2-pole connection that is used on the stern light of the montauk but after about 30 or so connects and disconnects the wire pulled out of the connection. I guess I could do a better job somehow to make sure that doesn't pull out again but before I do does anyone have a better suggestion for a connection? I didn't partictularly want the one (Perko?) that mounts on top with a protective plastic cap when not in use because it does, well, sticks up about 1 1/2 inches above the consol. Thoughts or other fixes? And anyone come up with a solution to hold a spotlight in place on top of the consol when not in use so it doesn't flop around?
posted 06-05-2001 02:10 PM ET (US)
I have hated those rubber capped, 2 prong marine connectors from my first day of owning a Whaler! I think they are worthless!
Instead, I use the two pole trailer type flat connector. Instead of the set screw
I have also used these to wire all of my electronics, so for removal/service they can simply be "unplugged". The marine stores carry these (Perko brand), but I have found Pep Boys to be a better source, in the trailer department. You can get them in 3 pole form also.
For connecting into boat power, I have found a cigarette lighter socket better and more reliable than the console mounted 2 pronged Perko fitting that came with my Outrages. Same problem mentioned above.
posted 06-05-2001 03:04 PM ET (US)
I agree about the 2-prong boat connectors.
They are just plain unreliable.
Marinco makes some good power point connectors.
posted 06-05-2001 03:23 PM ET (US)
Arch one idea which I just found,(I agree with Larry on 2 prongs= terrible) is a cig. style receptacle and plug called the "Sealink".
Basically a cig. style HD plug end that twist locks into the receptacle giving a water tight seal. Cabelas has them in the 2001 Marine catalog. You can purchase separate or together. A little pricey the combo is $18.99 plug and receptacle SM-01-2965.
Just ordered 3 combo sets to be placed around on the 27WA, haven't got them yet. So don't know the quality ,as I said just an idea since they appear better made than the standard cig set ups.
posted 06-06-2001 05:22 AM ET (US)
Oops!! it doesn't twist lock the plug has a heavy 'o' ring seal and fits tight as a drum in the receptacle. Very well made, UPS arrived about 5 pm yesterday with them.
posted 06-06-2001 02:39 PM ET (US)
Thanks, all. I am swinging by Pep boys and doing the flat 2-prong connector route. I think I asked that my question a year or so ago and forgot about the flat connectors in the meantime. Getting old, I guess.
Did anyone come up with a hold down method for the spotlight when not in use on top of the consol?
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