Generally, I'd say the best crimping tools are the ratcheting kind. I got the one I use over at Home Depot for about half the price for the exact same tool at the marine stores. The crimp fittings with the adhesive-lined heat shrink tubing is key to well-protected connection in areas that have exposure to water. However, I highly recommend not running any wiring through the bilge. Doing so, and having any electrical current enter the bilge water can cause serious galvanic corrosion issues, that will rot out gear faster than just about anything else.
The only problem with the ratchet-type crimp tools is their size. In some cases, they're too large to fit easily into the area you need to crimp a connection.
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