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01-18-2012 01:51 PM
PaulSims Well I ended up scrapping the existing wiring, and just redoing everything.. I'll post some pics. Question though, I'm trying to find an out of the spot to stick a radio.. anybody got any pictures of theirs, or suggestions?
12-21-2011 02:30 PM
PaulSims Absolutely. I believe in labels too.

On a side note, looking for the best place to mount a radio (am/fm.. car stereo in a marine box). Anybody have any pictures they can post? I'm thinking mount it back inside the cabin, on the roof, so you can still reach it with a remote..
12-21-2011 01:21 AM
Capt Len Hope it's red + and black - so the next guy can figure it out.
12-19-2011 06:55 PM
PaulSims Ha, that's exactly what I was thinking happened. Going to be easier to rewire totally and scrap the original I'm afraid. Already picked up the new wire.. just got to find some free time now. Story of my life.
12-19-2011 05:34 PM
hellosailor Back then even American cars came with whatever color wire was in stock. Literally, if they ran out of the right color, they grabbed the next spool and kept the produciton line going. So I wouldn't be surprised if some boat builder had the same idea: Keep it moving, just use four different colors.
12-19-2011 02:21 PM
PaulSims I'm with you on that one. I'm not an electrician by any stretch of the imagination. But I can do 12v. I'm used to black or black stripe being ground, and whatever other color being the positive side. I'll post some pics of the redo.

I was really just curious if this color pattern that i have in there now was posted anywhere else. I had never seen the schematics colored that way.
12-18-2011 12:08 AM
hellosailor I'm a fossil. ergh, traditionalist. I like red and black for DC wiring, although I appreciate the reason for using red and yellow so that black can't be confused with AC hot. But unless you are mail ordering, odds are at least one color that you want, won't be in stock. Put your order in well before you plan to use it.
12-17-2011 09:33 PM
PaulSims Not sure about who wired it. It really looks like it's original. Just never seen schematics with those colors. Will def have to rewire, most of the wire in it is corroded and won't work anyways, unless there is a break in the wire I'm just not seeing.

Probably will be easier just to start from scratch and use some colors that make sense. Adding a mast/deck light and radio anyways, so whats another couple of wires...
12-17-2011 04:39 PM
Faster In industrial DC ccts white is positive and black is negative. In AC black is hot and white neutral. Plenty of confusion out there when electricians wire DC.

For 12Vdc I'd stick with white positive and black negative/common/ground
12-17-2011 03:57 PM
hellosailor Closest I'd say is that white is the neutral/return in AC wiring, and sometimes in a 2-wire setup that would be the "ground". Maybe an AC electrician did your boat?

If you're not going to save much of the old wiring, why not just pick a new scheme, standard that makes sense to you, and go with it? There are standards and standards, a lot depends on how complicated you need to get and how many spools of colors you are willing to buy.
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