Originally Posted by mitiempo
I doubt you could put $2000 worth of wire in a Catalina 22.
Have you ever heard of West Marine? Just joking, but that's the only place to buy marine grade electronics around here, unless I plan far enough in advance and order online.
Plus- my boat was made with non-tinned wire ran through inaccessible spots and the entire harness is still good after 36 years. It still works great if I use solder inside the crimp terminals, but if I just crimp to them they'll stop conducting in less than a year.
//Edit: You make a good point though about how much quicker/easier pure crimping is. Although I use a heavy duty soldering iron with a large external power supply, and a digital thermostat- and it warms up almost instantly. My method is more work but it's much cheaper, and lasts as long as anything.