Wiring and switches

Discussion in 'Power it up with Electronics' started by Williefb, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. Williefb

    Williefb Well-Known Member

    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.

  2. noeettica

    noeettica Well-Known Member


  3. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Google "marine navigation lights", look at all the mounting types for
    "all around lights" then look at all the locations available to you.

    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.

    Read the manual that came with the motor, usually states wire sizes needed, don't forget a circuit breaker.

    more info:


    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...
  4. Weedy

    Weedy Well-Known Member

    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
  5. Flyline

    Flyline Won &quot;Do More With Less&quot; Award!