SailNet Community

SailNet Community (http://www.sailnet.com/forums/)
-   Electrical Systems (http://www.sailnet.com/forums/electrical-systems/)
-   -   Need a four conductor plug replacement (see image) (http://www.sailnet.com/forums/electrical-systems/78617-need-four-conductor-plug-replacement-see-image.html)

josrulz 09-11-2011 03:53 PM

Need a four conductor plug replacement (see image)
 
Hi all,
This connector is for our mast wiring, near the base of the mast. It's 4 conductors. The one in the pics below is falling apart, and the rubber sleeve is disintegrating. I'm looking for something either identical or functionally similar, ideally water resistant since water comes down the mast. We need to unplug it when the mast comes out, but otherwise it stays connected most of the time. Anyone know what this plug is, or have a suggestion for an alternative? See pics:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6167/...3a7ea444_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6183/...828efbeb_z.jpg

Thanks for your help!
-J

PorFin 09-11-2011 04:06 PM

Jos,

Trailer light wiring plug -- available from almost any auto parts store, WalMart, etc.

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...H3LN3Jdw54ECBQ

josrulz 09-11-2011 04:22 PM

Thanks PorFin. I did think of that, but would prefer a connector where the my own wires go into the plug. With the trailer plug, I'll need to have four connections which will end up inside the mast, unseen, and wet. I'd like to reduce the number of connections, if at a possible.

The connector I have has screws on the side, and the wires are inserted and tightened to the connector.

Of course, if I can't find an alternative, a trailer plug might be the way to go.
Thanks,
J

josrulz 09-11-2011 04:50 PM

Answered my own question, but PorFin helped, because it got me looking at more trailer plugs. The exact plug that's on our boat is a Cole Hersee M-115, available from lots of vendors. Thanks again!
-J
Pic of a new one:
http://www.colehersee.com/assets/pro...tors/m-115.jpg

PorFin 09-11-2011 04:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by josrulz (Post 773130)
Answered my own question, but PorFin helped, because it got me looking at more trailer plugs. The exact plug that's on our boat is a Cole Hersee M-115, available from lots of vendors. Thanks again!
-J
Pic of a new one:
http://www.colehersee.com/assets/pro...tors/m-115.jpg

Ha! Gotta love it when this happens (an all too rare occurance, if my history is any indicator...)

Quote:

Originally Posted by josrulz (Post 773125)
The connector I have has screws on the side, and the wires are inserted and tightened to the connector.

Just curious here -- how does the C-H plug tackle water/weatherproofing? Do you just slather on sealant or liquid tape after you insert your primary wire?

josrulz 09-11-2011 04:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PorFin (Post 773131)
Ha! Gotta love it when this happens (an all too rare occurance, if my history is any indicator...)

Ha ha! Same here. Sometimes posting here and evening just exchanging a post or two with one person helps me sort through and figure something out. Thanks again!
-J

fryewe 09-12-2011 12:02 AM

I have one of these plugs adjacent to my tabernacle to unplug and plug in mast electrical loads when stepping and un-stepping the mast. I waterproof the plug with electrical tape, three wraps, tightly pulled to stretch the tape as the wraps are made. I make the wraps three inches up and down the wiring on both sides of the plug. Never had a problem with this method in 28 years. Also protects the plug from UV. Only had to replace the plug once in the boat's 33 year life.


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:47 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012