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Electrical wires running through bilge

It would seem to me that you would not what these electrical wires running through the bilge? Is this what your bilge looks like? Just thinking that water and electricity aren't a good mix! Thoughts? Suggestions? Oh, this is on a 1995 Catalina 36 MKII.
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Re: Electrical wires running through bilge

Oh my. I would never put a terminal strip in the bilge, but the pump and switch wires are normal. Also normal would be transducer cables, AC feed pump wires, shower sump wires, water pump wires, etc - and these would be waterproofed accordingly. We have many wires running through our bilge areas, but most of them are uninterrupted runs, using the bilge as a conduit, and tied up in fixed bundles as high and out of the way as possible.

It looks like that terminal is not connected to anything?

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Re: Electrical wires running through bilge

Correct, the terminal was to an old analog radar that is still mounted on the mast. New chart plotter won't work with it so he cut the wires.
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Re: Electrical wires running through bilge

It was an old plan, now not used, that you do not want to repeat
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Re: Electrical wires running through bilge

I agree with Mark that there are some wires that have to supply power to items in the bilge - like the bilge pump and AC pump - and on older boats like mine the upper part of the bilge was used to route wires to the base of the mast.

I have a terminal strip there for connecting the mast lights and a connector for the VHF and FM radio antennas that is as high as I can get it, and the connectors are covered in Vaseline......

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Re: Electrical wires running through bilge

You may be able to mount the term strip on the bulkhead above the sole for mast wiring
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Re: Electrical wires running through bilge

I run wires through the bilge... transducer cables, sump pump and lighting but they are all tied up just under the sole.
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Re: Electrical wires running through bilge

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I run wires through the bilge... transducer cables, sump pump and lighting but they are all tied up just under the sole.
Us too, they are long single wire or cable runs with terminations above the sole. They are wire tied and I check each year for possible chafe/ abrasion.
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Re: Electrical wires running through bilge

Yeah the terminal strip is not in the greatest location, although, to be fair, that location should not be submerged under normal circumstances! At least the installer used a terminal strip instead of just wire nuts and electrical tape! Still, if you need to make connections like that in the bilge area you should take greater steps to waterproof the connections.

Wiring through the bilges is not uncommon. The only really vulnerable points are the connections so as long as they are waterproof you should be fine.

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