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Mount the battery close to the trolling motor, and use 4 gauge to supply it.
Use a quality fused marine switch panel  and supply it with a single 8 ga wire.
Use 16 gauge wire to power the lights.
Run ground leads back to a single buss bar, tied to the ground terminal of the battery with 8 ga wire.
Tinned marine wire will save you problems in the long run.
Less chance of corrosion taking place inside the insulation.

Wing nuts are not allowed for use in any electrical connection...especially battery terminals!

Useful information for amateurs...like you and me

http://www.boatus.com/boattech/casey/05.htm
 
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