Well said HS...
and you run the risks that old, non-marine grade cable can bring with it... like burning down your boat.
"free" cable would still cost you more than good cable.
Shipping cost, the same for each
Crimps or crimping tool
time running cable
time strapping cable down
Cable ties themselves
All of that is totally wasted and consumed in the job. The cable itself will be maybe half the total cost (of the lugs, shipping, etc.) so in the end, by spending half twice you'll have spent the same thing that getting the right cable would have cost you. Except, you'll also spend twice the time.
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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.
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