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You're really better off crimping for several reasons. First, making a proper solder joint is much more difficult than making a good crimp with a good crimper. Second, solder tends to create hard points which are far more subject to fatigue-related failure on a boat. Third, in an extreme case, the solder can heat up in a short situation and leave a hot wire exposed, since solder is not considered a mechanical connection—this can't happen with a properly crimped connection.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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