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Old 12-02-2003, 07:42 AM
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Need to splice/butt connect a short length of wire between my bilge hot wire and the battery. I have fully tinned Ancor 10awg boat cable.

The current wire is ring connected from the hot lead of the battery to an inline fuse then to the hot wire of the bilge pump. My boat sits on a trailer and the bilge essentially never runs unless I turn it on. It is however the only pummp on the boat (2000gph Rule). I would like to eliminate the fuse and just butt connect, then seal the connection as the existing wire needs replaced.

Would this create any problem, say if I started taking on water and the bilge was required to run for an extended period?

I can see a problem if the fuse blew and I didn't have another one or wasn't in a position to change it out and the bilge pump quit working. I do carry a spare bilge pump and some fuses on board.

I know some here don't necessarily believe in having a fuse between electronics and the hot panel.

Opinions appreciated.

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Old 12-02-2003, 07:51 AM
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I would ALWAYS make sure that each and every device is fused properly from the source of power. Speaking from personal experience, I almost burned up a skiff I had because I removed a circuit breaker. The circuit breaker for the trolling motor kept popping out and I removed it. Man, did that motor run like hell afterwards until the wires got hot and melted, batteries caught on fire, smoke everywhere, 3 miles out, holy sh!t. I should have known better. The reason the circuit breaker was tripping was a loose connection. Anyway, this screw up cost me $300 to replace the batteries, cables, connectors, and a NEW circuit breaker. I keep a dry box with connectors, tape, breakers, and fuses. Live and learn.



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Old 12-02-2003, 07:59 AM
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Good advice from HOTSPOT. Leave the fuse in place.

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Old 12-02-2003, 08:04 AM
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I would only add the same awg. wire and keep the fuse holder. That pump requires 12awg to 10 awg.

The fuse protects the wire and not the pump. They blow quite often when pumps jam with debris.
From their web-site...the fuse should be a 15 amp.

http://www.rule-industries.com/prodI...companyId=RULE
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Thanks fellows.

I just finished the job. I installed a new 10amp inline fuse with 10AWG Ancor boat cable with a butt connecter sealed with 5200. Works fine.

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quote:Originally posted by bens2:
Thanks fellows.

I just finished the job. I installed a new 10amp inline fuse with 10AWG Ancor boat cable with a butt connecter sealed with 5200. Works fine. As it turns out it was actually the wire for the float switch and it had a 10amp fuse in it.

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ben,

If you check the rule link I provided above...you should note they recommend a 15 amp fuse for all 2000gph pumps.( assuming a 12 volt system)

The 10 awg wire can easily handle the current.

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I have two of my three bilge pumps running on float switches wired to the input lugs of my battery switch (constant hot). Each of them has an in-line fuse within a foot of the ring terminal. They are the only in-line fuses on my boat, but you just have to have them and I do.

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