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Arch Autenreith posted 06-05-2001 01:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for Arch Autenreith   Send Email to Arch Autenreith  
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?
lhg posted 06-05-2001 02:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
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
connections, these come with short leads which can be connected using conventional wire crimp connectors. They work for a stern light pole, and will fit through the brackets, and last and last.

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.

triblet posted 06-05-2001 03:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I agree about the 2-prong boat connectors.
They are just plain unreliable.

Marinco makes some good power point connectors.
They have a bayonet connection so they stay
plugged in. West has them. No cheap, but
good things never are.


bigz posted 06-05-2001 03:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
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.

bigz posted 06-06-2001 05:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
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.
Arch Autenreith posted 06-06-2001 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Arch Autenreith  Send Email to Arch Autenreith     
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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