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2manyboats posted 11-05-2007 03:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for 2manyboats   Send Email to 2manyboats  
About 6 months ago I moved the battery forward in my Montauk.
The splices ended up in the rigging tunnel but they were soldered connectors with the right size heat shrinks, so I though they were ok and they were til yesterday.

After spending several hours thinking I had battery problems,I no longer have splices in the tunnel.

My quick fix was to put new connectors on all 4 wires and just add a second battery in the stern, long term I will add a switch or buss bar to take the place of the back battery.

sternorama posted 11-05-2007 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for sternorama  Send Email to sternorama     
I would have to agree that the tunnel is probably the worst place for a splice!
Casco Bay Outrage posted 11-05-2007 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
I had that problem on my 1987 Montauk. After months and months of problems with starting, I replaced the cables as a last resort. A prior owner had spliced the wires to the outboard. The splice was hidden in the tunnel.

I would order 2/0 marine battery cable and the heavy duty crimp terminal rings and do a straight, uninterrupted run to the battery in the console. Crimp and coat with liquid electrical tape.

CBO

an86carrera posted 11-05-2007 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for an86carrera  Send Email to an86carrera     
#2/0 is a little heavy. I would use #1, maybe, you meant #2.

Of course, you can't go wrong with #2/0.

Len

Casco Bay Outrage posted 11-05-2007 11:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
Maybe your right Len.

I am referring to size 2 gauge wire.

CBO

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