Prewiring for electronics

Discussion in 'Power it up with Electronics' started by tbayray, May 25, 2010.

  1. tbayray

    tbayray Well-Known Member

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    I've got a little boat rebuild goin' on and was wondering what my options were for wiring the boat for various applications... Does it all have to be in conduit, or can the wire be laid directly in the glass and resin...
    Please excuse my ignorance, but I'm new to the fiberglass game... Thanks.

    ~Ray.
     
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    I know some things will definatley need the conduit, but other spots like for the bow lights, aft lights, I'm putting in a livewell, so livewell lights too... yada yada yada.
     

  3. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Conduits get my vote.
    Plan ahead because wires corrode.
    Sooner or later they're going to have to be replaced.
    I used 1/2" pvc cold water pipe.

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  4. tbayray

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    Any idea how pvc may or may not react with resins...
     
  5. Gramps

    Gramps Living &amp; Dying in 3/4 Time

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    PVC has been used for a long time, you'll be fine with polyester, vinylester, or epoxy.
     
  6. tbayray

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    Cool. ThankYouSir.
     
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    When I get a GPS fishfinder, will the transducer be hardwired with a connector, or will it be bare wired... I'm thinking I may need a large inside diametered conduit to accomodate the connector....

    Whaddyathink.
     
  8. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Depends on your setup.
    A center or side console will require a very large diameter tube
    for all the wires, cables and hoses passing through it.
    You'll have to figure out what you plan to install
    and fit your conduit to the needed diameter.
    Lowrance has connectors that will fit through a 5/8 inch opening.
    Other brands will require larger. Up to you to get it right,
    research before you build!
     
  9. tbayray

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