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Routing Wiring To Sidelights on Boston Whaler Boats
|Author||Topic: Routing Wiring To Sidelights on Boston Whaler Boats|
posted 05-25-2009 07:53 AM ET (US)
My port [sidelight] stopped working. The [all round white] light and starboard [sidelight] work fine. I replaced the port side wire contacts to no effect. I removed the port lamp and swapped it out on the starboard side. It worked perfectly. I checked all connections on the terminal block, and they're fine. The lamp is connected to the same switch and fuse as the all-round white light and starboard sidelight, so these are not the problem.
My next thought is to replace the wiring. From the console can I route the wire to port side and come up along side the fuel line from the deck, then out to the rub rail, and then under the rub rail to the light? Or, do I have to retrace the current configuration of starboard side, and under the rub rail past the bow. I thought of pulling new wire through with the old wire, but given the tight fit under the rub rail I don't think this will work.
posted 05-25-2009 09:50 AM ET (US)
In terms of the electrical circuit, it doesn't matter what route the wiring takes as long as the resistance in the circuit is low. If it is easier to install new wiring on the port rub rail then I can't see any objection. The only possible concern would be running the wiring near the gasoline tank vent. Take every precaution to prevent chafing of the wiring so that it cannot create a spark.
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