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Old 02-07-2003, 06:55 AM
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Just showin' Off:

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Old 02-07-2003, 07:33 AM
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Thom:

No "drip loops" on those connections ??

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looks good! but are you worried about heat coming from the stereo?


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Old 02-07-2003, 08:10 AM
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Thom - great work! Are you for hire???

How do you recommend attaching those wire holders/clips to the starboard?
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Nice work Thom!!! Is that your boat!!!!

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Thom,
Looks like you elimanated all of the wiring !!!
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I may be rewording Cooper's question...What's the plastic for?
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That looks outstanding! My brother did the same thing to the Seacraft last year and did a great job too. His before and after photos looked alot like yours. I'lltake a pic of it this spring.


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My guess is to keep the new radio in the second pic from looking like the old radio in the first pic. What do I win???

Nicely done Thom!

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Old 02-07-2003, 11:44 AM
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The plastic over the AM/FM/CD-player is my feeble attempt to protect it to some extent from the inevidible corrosion. Those things tend to last about 2 years for me (the one in the 'Before' picture is a 2-year old Sony unit and you can see the rust on it) and I was just trying to see if protection from direct dripping might help. The plastic itself is simply a heavy Zip Lock bag held in place with Duct Tape. Actually I may see if I can get another picture posted to give an idea of the relationship between the main compontents of the new wireing. Those would be the Breaker Panel, then the Connector Block (what you see in the 'After' picture) and the switch panel.

I had redone all the other wireing in the boat a couple of years ago but I had never tanken on the task of dealing with the mess behind the dash. Finally I couldn't stand it anymore and I just went out there and did the old trick again, I cut out every single wire in the boat, and this time I included behind the dash, so I had no choice but replace everything. The emphasis is on simplicity and bullit-proof connections with the ability to disconnect any component and remove/replace it with out disrupting the system. Just something to do.

Oh, and yes, I will be hiring out this sort of work as soon as I can figure out a way to move to the Outer Banks.

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Wow, the guy who wired your boat before must have been a chef specializing in Italian cuisine, what with all that spaghetti in there!

Nice job!
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Very nice work, Thom.

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Nice work there Thom.

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Very nice... Kept all the colors lined up and pretty.

Here's my attempt at rewiring a boat - actually installing a lower helm station wiring and controls in my Project...



This was an exercise in stuffing 10 lbs in a 5 lb sack for me...

The inventory:

Gauges: Speedo, Tach with hourmeter, port and starboard fuel, voltage, water temp, trim, oil pressure.

Controls: Tilt/trim switches, trim tab switches, hydraulic steering, twin lever gear and throttle binnacle, horn, spotlight and of course the ignition switch.

Other: Station fuse panel, courtesy light rigged with microswitch on cover to see fuses, power feeds for dash top mounted electronics.

I ran out of room and had to build an overhead panel for my Floscan, port and starboard wipers, running and anchoring lights, bilge pumps, and automatic bilge pump switches. I have a manual override switch in the back that switches my primary and backup bilge pump directly to my battery too!

My stereo and power amp are on the other side, out of the picture. They run off a different feed from the starboard side.

Most connections are lightly crimped, soldered ring joints with adhesive shrink wrap and Ancor brand wire. There are a few exceptions, such as the spade connectors on the trim tab controls, etc.

Thom, if you ever set up in South Carolina, I'd like to learn a few tricks from you. Mine looks like a stuff job compared to your work!

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Pretty work Thom. New wires=good.

Whatever happened to the issue you had on the lower unit? Did the welds do the job?

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Chris,

The last time I ran it (burning gas out for the trip back home) one of the welds cracked - again. I gave up and started entertaining notions of new engines that I dam sure can't afford.

Then a lower unit showed up on E-Bay. Needless to say it is here right now. Unfortunately it was damaged in shippment. The damage is minimal, they obviously dropped something on it. The box was ruptured but what is more important is that the anticavitation plate was bent and cracked slightly. Bummer! That left me faced with dealing with UPS or just going with the flow and resigning myself to having this one fixed too. At least I now know plenty of good welders in Wanchese and I know that I can have this one fixed for about $20. Anyway the bottom line is I have a replacement lower unit so we're gonna be good to go in May. See ya at the Fishing Center, how's 5:45 sound? I expect we'll point to the southern and look for warm water .......

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Thom, the name slips my mind at the moment. But if you have a craft or hobby shop nearby, look for spray paint thats a plasticized vinyl when it dries.

It will be the closest thing to conformal coating you can get for the radio's chassis. It will definitely keep it from corroding. But then again pretty much any rust proofing primer will work as well.
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Thom, You have a damn good reason to 'toot your horn' over that job. Great before & after shot.
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Old 02-09-2003, 01:33 PM
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Thom,

Looks like you changed the wire gauge to much smaller wire, in many cases. How much of the first picture was self inflicted? If none, how did you ever live with that mess as it appears there are wires that go no where. (Black wire w/clear crimp-on behind radio)
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Old 02-09-2003, 03:14 PM
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Nice job. But in the first picture, they should have looped the pink wire around randomly a few more times!!

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