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I would highly recommend you use marine grade wire, as it will be far more corrosion and fatigue resistant than non-marine grade wire. Marine-grade wire is fully tinned for corrosion resistance, and uses finer strands than non-marine wiring for better fatigue resistance.
Given the distance the signal has to run, I would use a larger gauge wire than 22 AWG wire. I would also recommend you twist the wires together to help shield them from interference. The manufacturer can tell you which wires should be twisted together, if any.
If you're going to use butt connections, cover the butt connector with adhesive-lined heat shrink tubing and stagger the connections by several inches, so that the butt connectors aren't all at the same point in the wiring. If you don't do this, you'll get a very thick bundle of the butt connectors that can cause problems later on.
The adhesive-lined heat shrink tubing will help protect the connections from physical strain as well as water intrusion.
I hope that helps.
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