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flawton posted 12-27-2002 06:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for flawton   Send Email to flawton  
I am in the process of repowering my 81 newport and would like to mount the battery under the center of console for better weight distribution (it was mounted under the right side of the console). Should I run the battey cables with the fuel line through the sump or should I run the battery cables through the right side storage compartments. Am I creating a fire hazard by running the batt/fuel lines together? How do those of you that have batteries mounted in the console of your montauks do it? Any guidance on this issue would be greatly appreciated.
whalersman posted 12-27-2002 06:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     
I have a Montauk with the battery in the console and have never had any problems for 15 years.

With a Montauk, we have no choice on where to run the wires or cables except through the center tunnel.

tully_mars posted 12-27-2002 06:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for tully_mars  Send Email to tully_mars     
I would think it is ok, it really only becomes an issue if the fuel lines or tank were near any electrical junctions. But with a sealed battery cable and fuel lines only I wouldn't think there is a problem. My Montauk has the fuel tank under the seat and my battery is in my console, thus they run together in the tunnel.

Tully Mars

Jerry Townsend posted 12-28-2002 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Flawton - you should be OK. Of course, to be absolutely safe, separate the fuel lines from the electrical lines. Of importance, don't have electrical connections in the line, ascertain that the fuel line does not rub on the electrical lines and use the best quality electrical cables(lines) that you can find.

From a safety engineering viewpoint - to have a problem requires a failure of the fuel line AND a fault in the electrical line via a spark (faulty electrical connection or short). One without the other is not of major significance. ------ Jerry/Idaho

Tom W Clark posted 12-28-2002 02:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
flawton,

You will be fine. Whaler has been doing exactly what you propose for forty years.

flawton posted 12-28-2002 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for flawton  Send Email to flawton     
The jury has spoken, thank you for the replies.

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