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Ancor Wire Price
|Author||Topic: Ancor Wire Price|
posted 02-16-2008 11:11 PM ET (US)
When I bought my boat, it only had one battery. I decided to buy a second battery for the electronics and keep the starting battery isolated with an ASR. I bought:
Deep Cycle Battery: $70
So all I had left to buy was the wire...
I went to Boater's World today and figured out it would cost me over $200 just for the [ANCOR] wire. I was flabbergasted! I'm would be into this upgrade for about $450.
Instead, I decided to forego buying the wire at [used acronym "BW" which universally would be interpreted as "Boston Whaler" but in this case probably does not mean Boston Whaler but perhaps a name of a boater retailer], went home and measured all of the wire runs with a piece of string. I got on eBay and now will have all 8 wires made up for me to the exact length and shipped to my front door for $71 total.
New total to add a second battery: $306. Still a significant expense, but now much more palatable.
What justifies the price of [ANCOR] wire, and why is there no real competition to [ANCOR] out there?
posted 02-17-2008 12:29 AM ET (US)
Please see our prior discussion on precisely this topic--the price of wire. We found the best source of quality wire at the lowest price.
|Tom W Clark||
posted 02-17-2008 01:21 AM ET (US)
I think you mean "ANCOR" not "Anchor" brand wire.
posted 02-17-2008 11:56 AM ET (US)
Is that eBay stuff Marine grade? Tinned? Fine strands?
Marine gauge? (gauge for gauge, marine grade has a little more
copper than auto parts store stuff).
posted 02-18-2008 08:14 AM ET (US)
[The "stuff at eBay"] is Ancor brand. It is marinized (as mentioned above) tinned, bit heavier. You are buying in very small quantities. The price of copper is VERY high these days. And the usual "marine uplift" has been applied (what the supposed-wealthy buyer can bear).
I think that's enough reasons why it is expensive.
posted 02-18-2008 12:11 PM ET (US)
Again, please visit the prior discussion on precisely this topic if you wish to find sources of quality marine-grade wire at better prices than can be found at the usual boat retail outlets.
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