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Cut off the modular connector and butt splice the new radio's power wires to the older wires. As KD said, you should use good crimp-type butt splice connectors and cover them with adhesive-lined heat shrink tubing. If you cut the wires and notice that the existing wires are copper-colored, rather than silver in appearance, I would cut the wires away and run new, marine-grade duplex cable for the power to the VHF. Untinned wire can be a serious problem on a boat. It tends to corrode and may become a fire hazard, as a VHF has enough of a current draw to be a problem if the wires are corroded.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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