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Making Wiring Plans

posted Jun 30, 2011, 5:06 AM by Christopher Hubbell
I spent an evening at the boat with the intention of mapping out the heavy gauge battery cables in terms of length and required connectors.  That turned out to be an excersize in futility.  There are too many cables, and until I'm actually fixing them to their support clamps it's hard to know exactly how long they would need to be.  My goal was to make a list and have GenuineDealz.com build them for me with their excellent custom cable assembly offering.

I decided that the best course of action would be to buy the FTZ crimpers as recommended by MaineSail, buy a sufficient spool of black and red cable, some ends and heat shrinks, and just make them myself.  The money I'm saving by using their wire rather than Anchor is huge, the money I'm saving over having The Yard do it is insanely huge, and the quality of having exactly the right ring terminals and lengths is important.  So, in the end it's costing me an expensive crimper to do the job right.  I can live with that.  It will let me tinker with the wires in the future since this is most definitely a lifetime tool.

I had hoped to see the order arrive in time for a weekend installation, but it's not looking good.  That means this weekend's work will focus on completing the mast wiring so I can call that project done.  I'll then poke away at the battery cables during the week's evenings and hopefully have the critical wiring in place the following weekend.