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Bone Daddy posted 09-20-2003 05:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for Bone Daddy   Send Email to Bone Daddy  
My '62 16'7" lights went out and I noticed that there is a grounding block on the rear which the front light wires run to. Well, the wires corroded and there's not enough wire to pull out for use. Has anyone had this happen? What do you do? I thought about running wired straight from the switch on mu console to the front but there's no easy way to get there without having exposed wiring.
John O posted 09-20-2003 07:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
I recall reading on this forum that the early BW's had the wires molded in the hull which may be the case for your boat. Others have the wires in the rub rail. Can you remove the rug rail?
jimh posted 09-20-2003 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
JayR posted 09-21-2003 08:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
I had the same issue. I ended up replacing the rub rail with the new style and using the recess underneath as the pathway to the bow. I did this 15 years ago and it has worked well. No problems since. The wire is totally protected and looks as good today as when I put it in..

Good luck.

BTW, the new rub rail is a vast improvement over the original. Much more substantial.

ryanwhaler posted 09-22-2003 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
My 1975 11-Sport has wires that run in the hull, I don't use them. I ran a new one threw the rub rail, it makes much more sence.
SpeedBump posted 09-22-2003 05:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for SpeedBump  Send Email to SpeedBump     
Ditto the rub rail approach. your original wires are molded in and you can't pull new copper through. I have used the rub rail route on both my 13 and 16'7" nauset. if you have the updated rub rail the lighting retrofit/wiring can be done in less than an hour. very easy process.
SpeedBump posted 09-22-2003 06:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for SpeedBump  Send Email to SpeedBump     
There is one other option to the rubrail route, if you lost only one of the two wires in use, Whaler ran three wires in the hull, the third wire is a back up and is curled up under the light fixture and at the stern where the wire emerges from the transom. However, considering the age of your boat the "spare" wire is probably shot also,as I found with mine, but it is worth looking into.

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