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First of all let me say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks to those of you who have offered advice on rigging my boat. Got a few more questions for wiring my Gheenoe 15'4" Highsider

Here is what I am planning to wire in.

1. Navigation lights
2. Bilge Pump
3. Trolling Motor
4. Switches

Right now I have my battery located on the back side of the dry storage compartment. (center bench)

1. Navigation lights - How have you mounted your stern light. There is not enough room to mount it all the way back. Thinking of using some aluminum angle attached to the rail maybe 4" - 6" forward of the stern. Is there a cleaner way?


2. Bilge - thought that I would get an automatic bilge and put it back next to the drain plug.  Suggestions on how best to drill the hole through the hull for the output. Goes without saying that this is one step that I don't want to screw up.


3. Trolling Motor - Need to extend the wires out to get to the battery. I am not an electrician. Same size wire as the trolling motor wires?


4. Switch panel - thought that I would buy a switch panel from Bass Pro but I can't figure out the best place to mount it in the boat. I assume that this needs to be in a dry area. Correct?

I will take any other tips that you might have.

Thanks!
 

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First of all let me say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks to those of you who have offered advice on rigging my boat. Got a few more questions for wiring my Gheenoe 15'4" Highsider

Here is what I am planning to wire in.

1. Navigation lights
2. Bilge Pump
3. Trolling Motor
4. Switches

Right now I have my battery located on the back side of the dry storage compartment. (center bench)

1. Navigation lights - How have you mounted your stern light. There is not enough room to mount it all the way back. Thinking of using some aluminum angle attached to the rail maybe 4" - 6" forward of the stern. Is there a cleaner way?

Mine is on a short piece of 2" PVC with flat caps on both ends

2. Bilge - thought that I would get an automatic bilge and put it back next to the drain plug.  Suggestions on how best to drill the hole through the hull for the output. Goes without saying that this is one step that I don't want to screw up.

I just Hang a hose off the stern

3. Trolling Motor - Need to extend the wires out to get to the battery. I am not an electrician. Same size wire as the trolling motor wires?

Every body says #6 Tinned Marine wire

4. Switch panel - thought that I would buy a switch panel from Bass Pro but I can't figure out the best place to mount it in the boat. I assume that this needs to be in a dry area. Correct?

I Use a 4 x 4 weather proof box with a couple of marine switches

I will take any other tips that you might have.

Thanks!
 

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1. Navigation lights - How have you mounted your stern light.
  There is not enough room to mount it all the way back.
  Thinking of using some aluminum angle attached to the rail
  maybe 4" - 6" forward of the stern. Is there a cleaner way?
Google "marine navigation lights", look at all the mounting types for
"all around lights" then look at all the locations available to you.


2. Bilge - thought that I would get an automatic bilge and
put it back next to the drain plug.  Suggestions on how best
to drill the hole through the hull for the output. Goes without
saying that this is one step that I don't want to screw up.
No drill holes, zip strap the outfall hose to the top of the transom to dump overboard.
5200 the bottom of the pump to the hull, no screwholes.


3. Trolling Motor - Need to extend the wires out to get to the battery.
I am not an electrician. Same size wire as the trolling motor wires?
Read the manual that came with the motor, usually states wire sizes needed, don't forget a circuit breaker.

more info:

http://www.boatpartstore.com/trollwire.asp


4. Switch panel - thought that I would buy a switch panel from Bass Pro but
I can't figure out the best place to mount it in the boat. I assume that
this needs to be in a dry area. Correct?
Best place is a location that's dry and easily reached by the driver and easily installed.
Sit in the boat at the controls and reach for the location you plan to install.

Google "waterproof marine switch panels" there are many...
 

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3. Trolling Motor - Need to extend the wires out to get to the battery.
I am not an electrician. Same size wire as the trolling motor wires?
Read the manual that came with the motor, usually states wire sizes needed, don't forget a circuit breaker.

more info:http://www.boatpartstore.com/trollwire.asp
If you are running the wires any distance, you should at least use 6 ga wire!
 

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3. Trolling Motor - Need to extend the wires out to get to the battery.
I am not an electrician. Same size wire as the trolling motor wires?
Read the manual that came with the motor, usually states wire sizes needed, don't forget a circuit breaker.

more info:http://www.boatpartstore.com/trollwire.asp
If you are running the wires any distance, you should at least use 6 ga wire!
exactly :)
 
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