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Frank O posted 06-11-2012 03:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for Frank O   Send Email to Frank O  
I see that West Marine sells ANCOR wire by the foot in a moderate selection of insulation colors. However, they don't appear to carry wires with insulation in two colors such as brown with a red stripe. If one wanted to go for maximum fidelity in duplicating the color code while doing wiring work, are there other retail sources where these can be bought by the foot?

I searched for past threads on this topic but didn't see anything, at least in the first couple of pages of hits.

jfortson posted 06-11-2012 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for jfortson  Send Email to jfortson     
I have looked and have not found the striped wire even in non-marine grade wire in small quantities. One makeshift solution would be to buy the package of colored electrical tape and put a round of the secondary color every foot or so. For example, use the brown wire from West, and tape a round of red electrical tape every foot.

Not exactly "factory" but would make the wire identifiable.

jfortson posted 06-11-2012 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for jfortson  Send Email to jfortson     
Just thought of another solution - maybe you could go to a dealer and buy a trashed or old wiring harness for the brand outboard you are working with. Then you could strip the wires out to match your harness.
jimh posted 06-11-2012 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It is very hard to buy small amounts of hook-up wire of any grade (let alone marine grade) with insulation colors containing stripes. I don't know of a good source. I resort to adding a stripe color by using 3M Scotch 35 vinyl electrical tape in various colors which I cut with a scissors to an appropriate width and wrap around the insulation to create the stripe color.
contender posted 06-12-2012 05:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Frank; I just went through this, the only way you will be able to purchase this wire this way is if the hardware store sells it like this...Good luck... I just rewired one of my larger boats and ended up using the same wire twice on my panel of 10 switches. I repeated the connections/wire colors 1/6, 2/7, 3/8, 4/9, and 5/10. This way I could trace down the wire if needed. I ended up purchasing 5 rolls of 50 ft each for I think it was $10.00 a roll.
Ridge Runner posted 06-12-2012 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
You can purchase 25 foot (the smallest size) to 500 foot sections of color coded marine wiring in 14 or 16 AWG tinned for $6.50/$7.50 for 25 feet at
Tom Hemphill posted 06-12-2012 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Hemphill  Send Email to Tom Hemphill     
Do you have first hand experience with that vendor? Their description of "rust-resistant" wiring is sort of odd, I think.
contender posted 06-13-2012 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Wish I would have known. Good one, Runner
DeeVee posted 06-13-2012 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeeVee  Send Email to DeeVee     
I wish I had known about that wiring vendor I know.


jimh posted 06-15-2012 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The vendor mentioned does have some color combinations that can be useful, but it appears they don't have all combinations.

What particular base color and stripe color is most needed?

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