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KeyRat posted 04-29-2009 11:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for KeyRat   Send Email to KeyRat  
With a rubrail replacement on my list of things to do here in the next few months, I have decided to replace the wire to the [sidelights].

My original "electrical plan" was to go with the whole enchilada and install a bus and fuse box but I am really liking the simplicity and current (no pun intended) lack of wires in the boat.

After some browsing at a few auto parts stores, WM and radio shack, I'm considering wiring the [sidelights] to the battery (with inline fuse) and installing a small switch for the light right on the battery box. Not sure why whaler didn't run the nav wiring on the starboard side of the boat to be close to the console but that's another question.

This boat will be used in the daytime 99% of the time but lights are a must. The 15 is so small and easy to get around in that I wouldn't mind reaching back to the battery box to flip a switch for the lights. This method would mean fewer wires running around in the boat, fewer holes in the boat/wood and less for my daughter to tug on and say "what's that?".

Thoughts? Concerns?

Thanks in advance,


high sierra posted 04-29-2009 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
KR, the original wiring was under the seat and across to the console. I've used a small 12 volt on both my 15's . Works great for the few times I boat at night. high sierra
KeyRat posted 04-29-2009 03:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for KeyRat  Send Email to KeyRat     
Thanks High Sierra.

There's a spot here in San Diego bay where you can take a small boat up close to a concert stage (Humphrey's) and essentially get a free listen from the comfort of your own boat.

Summer's just around the corner and most of the shows seem to be at night.

Now to figure out where to mount the BBQ--just kidding. I think a few burritos will hit the spot.

Buckda posted 04-29-2009 03:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I don't think this will cause any real problems. Just a minor inconvenience aboard this boat to lean back and flip the switch.

If you're happy, then we're happy - so long as your lights work when you pass me at night, I'm happy.



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