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I think it works fine to splice two wires by twisting them, and soldering- because a free hanging splice doesn't experience the same sort of cracking/bending torque that a flexible wire soldered to a fixed object does.
Why? Crimping is far more than adequate especially if you use factory made heat shrink crimps.. Also, twisting of wires together, even with solder, is not ABYC E-11 compliant. You don't need to wire to the standard but it is always a good idea especially if you ever go to sell or need an insurance survey. We have a couple of surveyors up this way who will flag solder only connections as "noted" items.
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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