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OK - so I'm going to display my ignorance again...pre-drill and de-core???
Here's the thread you want to read:

Sealing Deck Penetrations, courtesy Maine Sail -- one of one of the best "go-to" guys on this (and many other) forums.
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A really GREAT read!!!! Thanks much to both Sailingfool and Porfin for keeping me from doing something very slipshod (the direction I WAS going).

Once again, Sailnet keeps me on the straight and narrow.

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OK - so I'm going to display my ignorance again...pre-drill and de-core???
btw,mentioned this back in post #4.
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btw,mentioned this back in post #4.
Noted. I guess I was just a little slow on the uptake.

Another question (I have a million of 'em): If I buy a few extra feet of electic wire, is there any downside to simply coiling the excess up near one of the circuit nodes (breaker switch, contactor or in the bow under the winch itself) instead of cutting to length?

I'm certainly not a physicist but something rings a bell in the back of my brain about current running thru coiled line generating heat and a magnetic field.

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The longer the wire, the greater the voltage drop and resistance it creates. Ideally, you really want the wire to be the length of the run plus maybe two feet on either end, incase you need to move something, or disconnect/reconnect something. Having a little slack on each end often means you don't have to re-run the wire in the case of upgrading. You also should have enough slack so that you can setup drip loops on any wires that pass through the cabintop, deck or into lockers where water is an issue. .
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Hole question and butyl tape

What is the butyl tape used for? How is it used?
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Butyl tape is a very inexpensive and useful sealant on boats. It can be used for all sorts of deck hardware.
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Thanks (again). I'm sure that as this project moves forward, I'll have a few more questions crop up.

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Make sure you use heavy gauge wire (like the size of battery cable) and have good watertight seals on the lugs (adhesive lined heat-shrink) so the wire does not corrode from exposure to moisture. I would not coil the excess wire as you suggested; better to cut to the correct length and then connect the lugs and seal.
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