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i am trying to put lights on my 14 foot boat. At one point someone had lights on it but right now I don't see any switches or wiring. I guess that i'm starting over. Is there a list of the parts that I will need or a diagram of the wiring that I need to do?

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"There's more to optics than meets the eye."--anon

"...most of us would be better off losing half a pound around the waist than half a pound on our rifle."--dhg

Re: boat lights [Re: 79inpa] #15108414 08/04/20
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I just put light's on my boat. had the same problem but figured it out. ran one color wire off each one to the same long wire and the other grounded to the boat.. Long wire goes to positive terminal of the battery. Ran a ground wire from the neg terminal to metal on the boat that grounded every light. Ran the positive wire through the console and to the positiev post of the battery. Cut the positive post at the console and installed a switch. Not sure if that's right but all my light's work!

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Originally Posted by DonFischer
...Ran a ground wire from the neg terminal to metal on the boat that grounded every light...


Good way to turn your boat into an Alka-Seltzer tablet.


"There's more to optics than meets the eye."--anon

"...most of us would be better off losing half a pound around the waist than half a pound on our rifle."--dhg

Re: boat lights [Re: 79inpa] #15108449 08/04/20
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Pretty sure you don’t want to use an aluminum boat as a ground like you would a car or truck frame. I would run a dedicated ground wire back to the negative terminal. As pal alluded to, it seems to be an open invite to electrolysis damage. That being said, I do not have any experience wiring in boats other than troubleshooting and replacing batteries and hooking up chargers.

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Not that big a deal to run a ground wire all the way back!

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Originally Posted by pal
Originally Posted by DonFischer
...Ran a ground wire from the neg terminal to metal on the boat that grounded every light...


Good way to turn your boat into an Alka-Seltzer tablet.


Not an electrician so tell me, why is that? Got a good reason I could change it in a heart beat!

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Originally Posted by DonFischer
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Originally Posted by DonFischer
...Ran a ground wire from the neg terminal to metal on the boat that grounded every light...


Good way to turn your boat into an Alka-Seltzer tablet.


Not an electrician so tell me, why is that? Got a good reason I could change it in a heart beat!

Run separate wires, you are propagating electrolysis!

Re: boat lights [Re: DonFischer] #15115189 08/06/20
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Originally Posted by DonFischer
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Originally Posted by DonFischer
...Ran a ground wire from the neg terminal to metal on the boat that grounded every light...


Good way to turn your boat into an Alka-Seltzer tablet.


Not an electrician so tell me, why is that? Got a good reason I could change it in a heart beat!


I already told you two posts up...electrolysis.

Re: boat lights [Re: 79inpa] #15117352 Yesterday at 01:21 PM
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You wouldn't pass a coast guard inspection. Hot lead gets touched against the hull, then you have sparks. Fire hazard. Think safety first!

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