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SSZ posted 03-15-2002 03:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for SSZ   Send Email to SSZ  
Does anyone have any links or advice on basic wiring? I am attempting to wire up a Katama from scratch. Its been stripped down and I need to build it back up. I put on a new rub rail which runs the bow light wire to the back through the gunwale. That's about it. I need to hook up/connect the bow lights and stern light (maybe compass) to the battery and then a switch at the console. I have been searching past posts on wiring but they all seem to be fairly advanced set up (VHF, dual batteries). Do I need to go further back in the archives? Thanks in advance!
Caceman posted 03-15-2002 04:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Caceman  Send Email to Caceman     
It sounds like what you want to do is fairly straightforward. My recommendation is to find a book on DC electrical work, and do a little reading first. A good book will teach you how to design the circuit that you want to install, and how to document it so that you can troubleshoot it easily. I can't think of the book that I used, but it should cover the basics of electricity and DC current in about 70 pages. I'm planning to completely re-wire my Bass Boat soon. I wish I had already done it, so that I could have some better advice for you.


Chap posted 03-15-2002 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
A good beginning reference book and an out of the gate, give me some general boat wiring understanding book, is "The 12 Volt Bible" by Minor K. Brotherton.
It was required reading in my father's house if you were going to use the boat.

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