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03-20-2010 03:53 AM
KeelHaulin 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.
03-19-2010 06:35 PM
dave6330 Thanks (again). I'm sure that as this project moves forward, I'll have a few more questions crop up.


03-19-2010 04:55 PM
sailingdog Butyl tape is a very inexpensive and useful sealant on boats. It can be used for all sorts of deck hardware.
03-19-2010 04:10 PM
Hole question and butyl tape

What is the butyl tape used for? How is it used?
03-19-2010 03:53 PM
sailingdog 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. .
03-19-2010 02:54 PM
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
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.



03-18-2010 09:52 PM
Originally Posted by dave6330 View Post
OK - so I'm going to display my ignorance again...pre-drill and de-core???
btw,mentioned this back in post #4.
03-18-2010 04:44 PM
dave6330 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.


03-17-2010 08:20 PM
Originally Posted by dave6330 View Post
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.
03-17-2010 07:33 PM
sailingfool You want any fixtures going thru a cored panel to actually be drilled through an epoxy (preferably a collodial silica paste) plug so even with a leaking fitting, water cant get to the core.

West Systems haqve a lot of good info about using their products, try
WEST SYSTEM | Projects | Fiberglass Boat Repair and Restoration - Fiberglass deck repair-Part 1, Replacing damaged balsa core
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