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Getting rid of deadheads

Should really be done when obsolete equipment is removed. Unfortunately, many folks often just cut the wire and coil it up. The result is that after almost 30 years the wiring harnesses aboard a boat get very messy, and it's hard to tell what the hell everything is for. I kept running into these deadheaded wires and my harnesses looked like crap so I decide to go through everything and find out what so many of those unidentified wires were for. (well, pretty much everything; I left the #2 cable leading to the now removed electrosan unit. twenty feet of this cable is worth some dough and potentially useful but I would have to rip off the sole to get at it). Of course, many lead nowhere and so I pulled them out. there were over thirty individual lines that once had a purpose but now were just cluttering and confusing things.

I wrapped the harnesses with electrical tape and it all looks so much more professional. This is a pic of the junk I pulled out.

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Although it might seem anal, taking care of your wiring is probably the best thing you can do vis-a-vis reliability. most equipment/systems failures result from poor electrical connections. I even found the two bolted connectors from my battery bank to my power bus were loose! good chance for a fire or something to melt. It's good practice to check over all accessible connections and replace any that seem loose/corroded. And get a good professional crimper; the cheap jobs are disasters waiting to happen. I'll be writing a detailed article on 12 volt systems maintenance/design/repair for a sailing mag soon, so I'll keep everyone posted.
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Hey Hoff!

I couldn't agree more; and it seems the more owners a boat has had........
My last boat had scads of octopi EVERYWHERE!

If copper had been worth then what it's worth now.........

BTW; and don't take this the wrong way, it's nice to see you focusing on the positive and moving forward.

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Ugly.

That's the next big job we have to do and I am not looking forward to it at all.

To begin with we need more capacity on our switchboard so its get a new one of those and take it from there.

Thankfully the wiring from batteries and engine is all good but I'll probably rewire everything else and if possible put all the wiring into flexible conduit.

Sound system is my biggest bugbear. As most of you would realise I love my music but the quality of the sound on board is blech.

(See new thread on that subject)

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The deadheads died with Jerry Garcia.

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The deadheads died with Jerry Garcia.
Oi - I'm still alive.....I think.....let me check.......hmmm......alive and kicking.....alive anyway......you had to love him.

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The deadheads died with Jerry Garcia.
Not completely. And one day I'll put a Deadhead sticker on my Jeanneau. And I'll re-christen my boat "Infrared Roses" or "Mars Hotel" and only insiders will understand when I tell them "what a long, strange trip its been".


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