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frcammaroto posted 11-12-2006 10:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for frcammaroto   Send Email to frcammaroto  

I just purchased a 1979 SPORT 13. The wire for the bow light is visible as it is runs over the gunwale (near the motor control) and then through a hole that was drilled in the rubrail to bring the wire behind the rubrail and it continues under the rubrail up to the light in front of the boat. Where is this wire suppose to be run? I can't believe it is supposed to be visible like this as it goes over the gunwale.


jimh posted 11-13-2006 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
See the FAQ:

You are correct. The OEM installation did not run the wiring so that it was exposed and looping over the gunwale. The best way to route the wiring from under the rub rail plastic extrusion to the interior of the boat is to carefully drill a hole from the outside of the hull to the inside. There are some diagrams available that show how to do this. I will try to locate them for you.

The general description of these holes is that they are drilled so that the exit hole on the interior side is covered by the light fixture (at the bow) or by the connector block (at the stern).

You may be able to get the diagram sent to you via email from Boston Whaler customer service. If you do, please forward a copy to me so I can post it here, too. I will include them in the FAQ.

[Please use another discussion area to discussion non-electrical topics related to the performance of your Boston Whaler boat. Thanks.]

jimh posted 11-13-2006 09:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
For other questions about your Boston Whaler SPORT 13, use the PERFORMANCE or REPAIRS/MODS discussion.
Racefl posted 03-20-2008 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Racefl  Send Email to Racefl     
I just wanted to say thank you. My 17' Boston Whaler was built in 1966, although the engine is a 2005. Anyway, the wires on my bow light were so corroded that I was unable to fix the light. I was racking my brain to figure out how to run these wires back through the hull. There didn't seem to be a "tunnel" for them.
I came across your blog, and the solution of running the wires under the rub rail was perfect. That solution never occurred to me.

Thanks again,


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