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sitotis posted 02-16-2008 11:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for sitotis   Send Email to sitotis  
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
Blue Sea ASR & Switch: $100
Two Maxi Fuse Blocks and Fuses: $50
Terminal Block: $15

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?

jimh posted 02-17-2008 12:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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.

Marine-Grade Wire: A Price Survey; Recommended Sources

Tom W Clark posted 02-17-2008 01:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

I think you mean "ANCOR" not "Anchor" brand wire.

Chuck Tribolet posted 02-17-2008 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
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).


swist posted 02-18-2008 08:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
[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.

jimh posted 02-18-2008 12:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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.

If you have questions about products being sold by auction at on-line auction sites, please contact the seller for information.

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