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peteinsf posted 08-31-2002 11:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for peteinsf  
The previous owner of my 25' filled the holes the nav lights go into with silicone goo all the way to the top.

After the port light quit, I went to clean the salt out of the connector the wire came out of the inline splice (after I picked out all of the goop) way down in the hole where I can re-splice it.

Can I get to the wires by removing only the black part of the rub rail?


Tom W Clark posted 09-01-2002 12:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Yes, it is that simple. You should probably consider just running all new wire at this point. If one connection failed, can the rest be far behind? Do it and be done with it.

peteinsf posted 09-01-2002 02:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    

I was planning to replace the wire, I just didn't want to have to un-screw/rivet the entire rail and/or wait for a new rail from UPS.

While we are on the subject, is there room for a jacketed cable (red and black tinned wire in a white sheath like the stuff west-marine sells) or only enough for the small wires that whaler installed? The original wires looks like stiff lamp cord.

I would guess it's tinned high quality but I am not sure where to buy marine grade lamp cord. Also, if I keep to Jimís wire color chart Iíll need gray and black!Ö


peteinsf posted 09-01-2002 03:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    

Oh I see what happened, It should have been

"... where I can't re-splice it."

I could not see why you thought I was was going to keep the old wire.


Tom W Clark posted 09-01-2002 09:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

You do not have to unscrew/rivet the rub rail in order to get to the wiring. The wiring lies under the black rub rail insert, not the receiver track.

Start at the splice in the middle of your transom and just peel out the rub rail insert. Run new wire all the way to the bow light themselves and make the connection there instead of making a slice somewhere nearby. This will eliminate one potential failure point.

I suspect some good 16 ga Ancor sheathed wire will fit just fine, but try a small piece to be sure.

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