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Improved anchor light reliability.
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posted 06-04-2002 08:01 PM ET (US)
The anchor light on my Montauk has always
been somewhat unreliable. I THINK I've
finally got it licked. I found three sources
1. The bulb in the socket. Replacing the
3. The round plug at the base of the mast.
posted 06-04-2002 10:56 PM ET (US)
On [my] Outrage [I] just installed a complete set of new gauges. Instead of just crimping, [I] soldered all the grounds as one continious wire from gauge to gauge. The same was followed for lighting. The fuse pack is packed with silicone paste. As far as senders, [I] re-terminated all wires with copper eyes crimped and then soldered. New ignition switch (The potted model with pigtails) was installed. The wires were connected by soldering. [I] don't believe crimping alone is enough. Soldered connections are absolutley foolproof.
Chuck, you are correct to use silicone paste and that is what [I] do also. Keeps air and moisture out of slip connections. Just my .02
posted 06-04-2002 11:20 PM ET (US)
[Edited post to change grammar from first-person, plural, to first-person, singular. Generally the first-person plural is used by a royal head of state, like a King, when referring to himself.--jimh]
posted 06-05-2002 04:12 PM ET (US)
Chuck, with your anchor light now hardwired, do you leave the mast up all the time, or did you just leave enough wire to stow it nearby?
posted 06-05-2002 07:22 PM ET (US)
I solved the stern pole "plug" problem by switching to the molded rubber flat 2 pole connectors. These are a twin to the standard 4 pole trailer light connector. Available at Pep Boys & most good boat stores, where they cost more!
posted 06-06-2002 12:40 AM ET (US)
I left enough slack to stow the mast in the
factory rubber clips.
I considered using the two pole bullet
The problem wasn't the crimp to wire joint,
I think that a properly done crimp is just
For what it's worth, NASA uses crimps. And
Soldering has to be done right. If you flow
posted 06-06-2002 02:21 AM ET (US)
Where on your boat are the rubber clips located?
posted 06-07-2002 01:15 AM ET (US)
Dunno the proper nautical term, but the
inside of the starboard gunwale. West
Marine carries a similar clip.
posted 06-07-2002 11:43 AM ET (US)
Thanks Chuck. I picked up a pair of the clips at the Outboard Motor shop a while back, and have been trying to figure out where to mount them. I like the idea of hard wiring the mast. I am getting tired of having to clean the oxidation off my connector plugs every time I use the anchor light.
posted 06-07-2002 06:31 PM ET (US)
Andy, I have those same clips in the factory spot and don't like them there. It tend to get in the way of passengers and they end up kicking the pole and or stepping on the plug. You may want to consider mounting them vertically between the rod holders next to the shepard's hook rail. As for keeping the connectors clean, you can buy an extra set (male and female) and use them as covers to protect the existing ones. Just a thought.
posted 06-07-2002 08:27 PM ET (US)
I don't have any problems with passengers
and the pole mounted in the factory location.
posted 06-07-2002 11:09 PM ET (US)
I too use crimped connections all through the boat... The only difference in my method is that I stick the stripped part of the wire into some vasoline and then into the connector... I then use the glue lined heat shrink to seal the joint and privide the strain relief... During a rewiring job (changed out a bunch of the electronics) I cut open a few of the crimp connections I had made many many years ago and found them to look as good as the day I had done them...
posted 06-08-2002 07:31 AM ET (US)
Chuck, I do solder "right"
posted 06-08-2002 03:14 PM ET (US)
I like your storage idea on the front of the console. I use the dummy connecter trick to keep my trailer wires from oxidizing, and I don't know why I didn't think of it for the anchor light. I think I even have a spare set lying around....
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