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JMARTIN posted 12-06-2012 01:19 AM ET (US)   Profile for JMARTIN   Send Email to JMARTIN  
I hate electrical systems. These beefy power and ground wires, I assume, on the right do a U-turn and head back to what? They come out the connection that has a big switch on it behind the helm. It's a rats nest in there.

The other wires on the left are for the bilge pump and the crappy stern light. I am amazed at the bilge pump and float wires: 30 years old, look like crap, have never failed.


jimh posted 12-06-2012 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If a wire enters the rigging tunnel and then makes a U-turn and exits the tunnel, the tunnel was probably being used as a hiding place to shove the excess wire.
JMARTIN posted 12-06-2012 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Both wires are spliced. I think it was done when the new motor was put on years ago. They come down the rigging tunnel from behind the helm, exit, U turn and go back up towards the helm in the bundle of wires under the gunnel.


jimh posted 12-06-2012 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The more recent description is that of a circular path. The wiring originates in the helm area, goes down the rigging tunnel (for no apparent purpose) then takes a different path back to the helm area. The term for this sort of electrical practice is incompetence.
dfmcintyre posted 12-06-2012 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Or maybe they paid the worker based on the amount of feet / inches they installed?


JMARTIN posted 12-07-2012 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Update,red from the battery switch, black from one battery, down the gunnel, into the rigging tunnel, forward to the box with the switch on it. I can get from the switch to the battery switch without going down the rigging tunnel.


Phil T posted 12-07-2012 06:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Phil T  Send Email to Phil T     

Don't fret.

My 1991 Outrage 17 was repowered and new electronics added just prior to my purchase. When I rewired and moved the battery to the console I ended up with an entire milk rate full of obsolete or extra wire.

jimh posted 12-08-2012 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
On a boat like a Boston Whaler REVENGE, I recommend that you run the electrical conductors under the gunwale to the helm from the batteries and other electrical equipment at the stern, keeping them out of the rigging tunnel.

At present, on my Boston Whaler REVENGE, I believe the only cables in the rigging tunnel are the hoses for the hydraulic steering. All of the electrical cables are run under the gunwale.

If you have a conventionally rigged outboard engine you may considering running the SONAR transducer cable in the rigging tunnel in order to keep it away from the engine wiring harness cables. It is typical in conventionally rigged outboard engines that a circuit from the spark ignition primary is carried to the helm in order to be used as a engine shutoff circuit in conjunction with a safety lanyard. This circuit can contain some voltage spikes which can interfere with a SONAR device, so I recommend keeping the SONAR transducer cable separated from the engine wiring harness.

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