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  1. #1
    Gone Fishin' Charter Member Waterfoul's Avatar
    My Boats:
    1988 Tracker Pro 17, 40 hp Mariner.....1972 Glastron GT 140, Merc 50 power!!!
    Join Date
    Nov 2000
    Grand Rapids/Holland/Grand Haven

    What wire to use??? Re-wiring some things in the engine compartment.

    Can you use regular copper wire? Or do you have to spend the long dollar and get tinned copper marine wire?? I need to re-wire the bilge pumps and a few minor things that run back there (stereo ground, power, etc...).

    "Marine" wire aint cheap!!!!!!!

    Thanks for the help!!

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  2. #2
    All I have heard is "Use the tinned copper"

    So, when you find the best place to buy from, let me know because all of my wiring went into the trashcan.

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    Platinum Member Platinum Member Tinkerer's Avatar
    My Boats:
    2001 Daytona 26, 1992 SCARAB 34, 1989 25 Checkmate Convincer, 1977 Glastron Carlson CVX 18
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    ALTO, MI


    Mike the tinned wire will hold up better than standard wire. It also has finer strands so it will stand up to vibration better. Do it right and buy the marine wire.
    Hey even if it ain't broke it's still fun to tinker with it.

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    Diamond Member #001 Charter Member C_Spray's Avatar
    My Boats:
    2000 Formula 382 with Innovation 600's
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Coastal North Carolina
    Shop around for the best deal with BoatUS, West, BoatFix, etc. The two big names in the "good stuff" are Ancor (no "h") and Marinco. Forget bare copper - even in fresh water.
    Retired! Boating full-time now.

  5. #5
    Yes you should use marine wire especially if you run in salt ,unless you like rewireing every few years.Trust me my bilge pump wires broke inside the insulation and I didn"t know it. The boat almost went down over a weekend when the bellows ripped and it rained.

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    Charter Member #232 Charter Member Audiofn's Avatar
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    1979 Formula 302, 99 Formula 353, 81 Donzi 18 2+3 with 454
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Carlisle, MA USA
    Mike call me tomarrow. I have a special number to get you some wire cheap!!!!

    Put your best foot forward!

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