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fl59whaler posted 05-13-2012 01:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for fl59whaler   Send Email to fl59whaler  
[This author tells us that he] recently purchased a [1959 Boston Whaler SPORT 13] and [wants] to rewire the bow and stern lights. [T]here are wires at the bow and stern but none near the console. Did [the wires] originally run through the hull? [W]her[e] did they come out to the console switch? [A]ny help would be greatly appreciated!
jimh posted 05-13-2012 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You are asking a Frequently Asked Question. Read the answer in the FAQ. The FAQ contains well-researched answers to frequently asked questions. There is a link to the FAQ on every page of the discussion area. Here is a link to the FAQ in case you missed it on the page:

A classic 13-foot Boston Whaler boat does not have any navigation lamps that are called "bow lights" or "stern lights". These just do not exist or do not apply to the 13-footer. A 13-footer typically has a combined sidelights lamp at the bow and carries a white all-round light lamp at the transom.

In navigation lighting a "sternlight" is something entirely different than what you will be using on your 13-footer.

There is no "bow light" in navigation lighting. You can carry some sort of light at the bow, if you want, but it must not interfere with or confuse other boats in seeing your navigation lights.

fl59whaler posted 05-14-2012 08:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for fl59whaler  Send Email to fl59whaler     
This is my first boat so my terminology is a bit off. How were the combined side lights at the bow and the all arond white light at the transom get powerered? there are wires going into the hull but no sign of any connection at the console!
jimh posted 05-14-2012 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
This is my second reply, but the answer is still the same. Read the FAQ.
Tom W Clark posted 05-17-2012 09:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
"Bow Light" or "Stern Light" are the terms Boston Whaler used and are perfectly acceptable and understood.

The wires molded into the hull are exactly as you describe. They provide power to the Bow Light. There would have been a junction block at the stern and the switch leg to the console would have run in the interior of the boat, not through the hull.

The Stern Light would have had a pair of wires simply running the very short distance from the junction block to the Stern Light itself with a quick disconnect plug to allow the Stern Light to be removed from its mounting brackets and stowed, if desired.

The early Whalers had the bow light wiring molded into the hull itself which does not allow the wire to be replaced. They provided three conductors with one provided as a spare.

If your boat is a really over 60 years old, I think the chances of the three original wires in the hull being sound is very small.

jimh posted 05-19-2012 09:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Re the state of embedded wiring in the foam in the hull of a Boston Whaler boat made in 1959 (which is, by the way, about 53-years old), it occurs to me that the process of the foam curing may be a chemical reaction that involves a bit of acidity. A copper wire running in the foam may be subject to breakdown from acidity in the foam.

Even if there is no acidity, 53-year-old wire can become brittle and its insulation will dry and crack. If the circuit to the bow for the sidelight lamp is still good, consider yourself lucky.

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