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post #9 of Old 05-30-2008
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Originally Posted by Valiente View Post
Will untinned wire and the usual crimping suffice in many cases? Probably, given that many wires on many "good old boats" are original.
Only for a while. When I bought my boat, one of the notes by PO was "well, the ceiling above the sink gets a bit warm and the light does not work, but thats no big deal" When I opened it I realized that electrical fire was perhaps days away. This was the case in a number of locations on the boat. Old wiring on old boats, if untinned, is a disaster waiting to happen. Perhaps the main reason that these fires don't happen more often is that electric systems on these boats are often so neglected that nothing works

Non-tinned wire will be dangerous on the boat in 10-15 years (and 15 year old boat is nowhere near it's end of life, presumably).
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