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What is this and why is it there?!

There is a green wire that comes out of the receptacle used by the cable tv input. It has a rusted alligator clamp at one end, and terminates in the receptacle at the other.





What the heck is it? A ground of some sort?

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Re: What is this and why is it there?!

I would point in the direction of a grounding source where does the other end go?
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Re: What is this and why is it there?!

It's most likely for a zinc 'fish'... extra anodic protection. The green wire may go to your bonding system, and the alligator clamp may have connected to a dock-hung big zinc at its previous 'home'....

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Re: What is this and why is it there?!

The other end terminates in that outlet for the cable tv. This one's got me baffled. Any other Beneteau owners have this?

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It's most likely for a zinc 'fish'... extra anodic protection. The green wire may go to your bonding system, and the alligator clamp may have connected to a dock-hung big zinc at its previous 'home'....
That makes a fair bit of sense. My wife sent me the picture, I'm not at the boat, but I wonder how to store it properly when not in use. The terminal end looks like it's a permanent fixure, but the terminal cover doesn't appear to close so that can't be right.

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Re: What is this and why is it there?!

Are there baricales on the bottom??? Sounds like it may have been a dock dwellew in a past life, if you want cable tv keep it if not, cut the cord and screw that cap back in.
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Re: What is this and why is it there?!

No, this boat was actively sailed right up till the day I bought her. The bottom was pristine, the boat was professionally managed and maintained, AND the previous owner was the author of "It's Your Boat Too" (guide for wives sailing) among a couple other cruising books; who incidentally was against tvs on board.

It isn't a component FOR cable tv, it just plugs into the same receptacle as the factory installed cable receptacle.

I think Faster may have it pegged. I think it is some sort of galvanic corrosion thing. Now the big question is how to properly stow it...

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Re: What is this and why is it there?!

That inlet is a combined unit for cable and telephone. The green wire is going through the telephone section - which most do not use.

I agree it may be for a zinc but best to trace it and find out where it goes from the back of the inlet.

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That inlet is a combined unit for cable and telephone. The green wire is going through the telephone section - which most do not use.

I agree it may be for a zinc but best to trace it and find out where it goes from the back of the inlet.
A telphone cable inlet, what'll they think of next?! Before long you're going to be seeing yachts with floppy disk ports and charging stations for our pagers.

Thanks for the reply, that clears a lot of stuff up, and makes a lot of sense. I think I'm going to pull it. A rusty green cable sort of breaks up the look I'm going for with this boat, and I think I can keep an eye on my zincs as I've done with my previous boats.

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Re: What is this and why is it there?!

The strange thing is that it is not possible to get a Marinco cable inlet without the phone jack as well. It made sense when hard wired phones were common but at least around here the marinas aren't wired for phone any more.

I tried to get a Marinco cable only inlet last year for a customer and found it online but was told it wasn't available.


I would eliminate the green wire - if it is for a zinc and you decide you want one there are better ways to arrange it.

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