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Dmrogers71 posted 10-14-2012 03:09 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dmrogers71   Send Email to Dmrogers71  
I have a 1980 [Boston Whaler 13-foot hull] that does not have running lights. I have no evidence of even having wiring in the hull. [Did] all boats came with wiring and just not the [lamps?]. Or, no wiring at all[?]
jimh posted 10-14-2012 05:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The website's FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS section has all the information I have to offer on the wiring of electrical circuits in the hull of a Boston Whaler 13-foot boat. Please see

The answer in the FAQ will also give you instructions on how to re-install wiring to the bow for navigation lamps on a classic Boston Whaler using a method that is external to the hull. I suggest you check with Boston Whaler Customer Service for specific advice about your specific boat.

I don't know the precise history of whether or not the Boston Whaler company added wiring to all 13-foot hulls, but my feeling is they probably did. The wiring was internal to the hull and would have been cumbrous to re-fit after molding the hull.

jimh posted 10-14-2012 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If you read the FAQ you will learn that after c.1972 the wiring for the navigation lamps at the bow was run external to the Unibond hull and was concealed by the rub rail.
Dmrogers71 posted 10-14-2012 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dmrogers71  Send Email to Dmrogers71     
Thank you for your reply. I have not removed the rub rail todate so I don't know if there is any wireing there or not. When I do decide or if I decide to add nav lights to the boat I will then know for sure if Boston Whaler did installed wireing in boats that were not orded with nav lights.
Thanks again Jim for all of your help.
Tom W Clark posted 10-15-2012 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Navigation lights were an option, not standard equipment, on the Sport 13 so some hulls have never had them installed.

However, Whaler always ran the wiring for the bow light whether the boat was equipped with a bow light or not. For 13 foot hulls built after 1972 the bow light wiring will be in the rub rail insert.

Given the age of the boat, I recommend that the wiring be replaced regardless of whether it has been used or not. Whaler did not use particularly good wire; it was small gauge and untinned. For a few extra dollars you should use a good marine, grade fully tinned duplex wire of at least 16 gauge.

You are going to have to pull some of the rub rail to see if there is wire in there anyway. It is a trivial matter to pull a little more to be able to replace the wire.

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