Originally Posted by sandcruiser
in the end, you don't *have* to make the connections in any specific manner.
There is one caveat to that statement and that is, an insurance survey. If your surveyor does not like things electrically he may note them on the survey and your insurance company may insist that they be changed.
When we bought our current boat there were a hand full of wire nutted and soldered connections that were "noted" as what the surveyor considered unsafe. My insurance company wanted proof they had been fixed before issuing insurance.
If you have no insurance, another entire topic, then the statement above is correct..