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whaler3 posted 03-30-2003 09:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for whaler3   Send Email to whaler3  
I have a 1997 17' or with a non-lighting(no juice) to the bow lite. I traced the line to the starboard side of the boat (behind the fire extingusher) as hot. From there it goes into the hull. Can't see any way to replace the wire. Thinking about putting lights on the console as it looks like only choice. Any ideas ? ? ? Thanks
Jerry Townsend posted 03-31-2003 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Whaler3 - What "17" do you have - Outrage, Montauk, I am not sure what boat you have and as I recall from other threads, the wires for the bow lights are enclosed in the starboard rub-rail. E-mail Dick in Seattle (he is a bona-fied Whaler expert) with your question. ---- Jerry/Idaho
whaler3 posted 03-31-2003 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaler3  Send Email to whaler3     
Jerry Towsend / Thanks for your reply/it is a outrage. How do I E-mail dick in settle as I am new to this site and the computer/ thanks Lou
Bigshot posted 03-31-2003 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
have you tried the bulb yet? Is there juice to the bulb socket?
Dick posted 03-31-2003 04:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

I am not an Outrage expert but I believe Jerry is correct, it's under the starboard rub rail.


whaler3 posted 03-31-2003 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for whaler3  Send Email to whaler3     
The bulb is good but thanks about the starboard rail I will try that. Thanks again
fjjpal posted 04-10-2003 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for fjjpal  Send Email to fjjpal     
I have a 1997 17' OR also and I had trouble with my bow light. I thought it was the bulb and was concerned it might be the wiring but all it needed was a to have the contacts cleaned with a piece of sandpaper and the contacts had to be squeezed a little tighter so the bulb snapped in. I know it is basic but I would try it before I started taking the rub rail apart.
BW23 posted 04-11-2003 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
Try to check the continuity /resistance of the black? disapearing wire to a known ground point. If that is good it is probably the lamp bulb socket. You can also check the +12v side of the lamp socket using another different ground.
A volt meter and some long wire are required for troubleshooting.

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