Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: Electrical wiring
Where do they go now? Wires in the bilge aren't ideal, but its done all the time. Continuous lengths of wire under the sole are best, with connectors inside a box. Be sure you leave plenty of looped wire to be able to cut these connectors and reinstall new ones over time. If you can run the wires out of the mast to a spot that is high and dry for the connections, then down to the bilge, all the better.
Your profile doesn't say where you are. Be sure to study up on electrical codes. 12v electrical fires are the number one cause of boat fires in the US. DIY is most likely the reason.
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