Marine Wiring Basics

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Marine Wiring Basics

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This was prepared and posted for theArima Owners forum. Downloaded more than 1100 times. Perhaps you may find it useful
MARINE DC WIRING 101.pdf
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Just seems strange to me that every boat forum I belong to indicates that everyone should re-wire their boat. Seems really sad that Arima, Hewes, etc... just cant get it right in the first place. Or maybe they do..... and folks just overthink it and feel that they need to re-do all of it.

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Thanks streamfixer. Put it in books. Should be a handy reference for any future wiring projects.
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SeaDawg wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:41 pm
Just seems strange to me that every boat forum I belong to indicates that everyone should re-wire their boat. Seems really sad that Arima, Hewes, etc... just cant get it right in the first place. Or maybe they do..... and folks just overthink it and feel that they need to re-do all of it.

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It looks to me the link was more of an informational document for those who are interested in basic marine wiring, which most of us have probably done when adding a downrigger, a sonar/gps unit, trolling motor, etc. It’s always good to have reference materials available for those of us who tend to be DIY’er.

Thanks for the info.

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SeaDawg wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:41 pm
Just seems strange to me that every boat forum I belong to indicates that everyone should re-wire their boat. Seems really sad that Arima, Hewes, etc... just cant get it right in the first place. Or maybe they do..... and folks just overthink it and feel that they need to re-do all of it.

Which is it?
I have done this not necessarily because it "needs" to be done, it's just personal preference in my case. My work life was in low voltage wiring, along with a whole lot of DC battery work. Untidy wire bundles and runs just drive me crazy. I have redone in order to make it easier to maintain and do any additions. To me, the last thing I want to be doing is trying to troubleshoot an issue with a 3m swell up my ass in a driving rain on a windy day while on the North end of Vancouver Island.

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The other side of the issue is that nearly all boat trailer manufacturers and most marine dealers save a few bucks on their product sales by using automotive wire when wiring their products and add-ons. That automotive stuff seldom lasts beyond 5 years if anywhere near salt or brackish waters. Maybe 7 or 8 years if fresh water only.

I hope my little effort is found to be useful.

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being new to the boating style wiring , the above PDF was very informative . thanks for the info . In my case , a second hand "antique" rouge river runner had a previous owner with some special wiring techniques :eyepopping: I suspect it is not correct .coppersmythe................there is only a bilge pump , running lights , and one windshield wiper
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For only 3 electrical items, That is impressive. Sounds like all factory install items too.

Good luck as you figure it all out.

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