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Re: Mainesail DIY Crimper
Found these quotes on MaineSail's site:
"marine grade crimp connectors with built in adhesive lined heat shrink are the best possible solution, for most applications, to use on a boat. As I mentioned there is no such a thing as marine grade terminals but that is what the better quality terminals have become known as. Heat shrink terminals, as seen in the top row, are expensive, but in my opinion are almost always well worth it. They are available from manufacturers such as Ancor, AMP, Molex, FTZ, 3M & others."
"If you buy from companies such as AMP/Tyco, Molex, FTZ, Burndy, Thomas & Betts (T&B), 3M, Ancor etc. and you will get better quality terminals than the cheap no-name junk that has infiltrated the country over the last 20 years or so."
"A good tip when buying connectors is this; if you canít see through the insulation, itís most likely vinyl, and should really be avoided. The vinyl insulation on this type of connector can and will crack and the raw metal thickness, where the wire meets the connector to be crimped, is very, very weak in comparison to top quality terminals from reputable manufacturers such as those listed above."
"TIP: I buy my FTZ heat shrink terminals from SailboatOwners.com"
Guess that answers my question. Hopefully it helps others!