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OK... I need some help... I am an electrical dummy... so I need some help... I bought 30 foot of tinned marine wire.. 8 gage I want to say... and I want to rewire my jon boat... here is what I have and I need to know WHAT ELSE do I need... an WHERE DO I GET IT???? everything is spliced into one set of 12 gage wires so I NEED to get this done...

but I need to...

rewire a 38 pound bow mounted trolling motor.. this will EVENTUALLY be upgraded so lets keep that in mind...

I also have a Humminbird fish finder

my boat has a livewell and I am going to want to put a livewell system of some sort in there...

I also only have ONE battery so everything is going to have to be wired into that...

OH and I was wondering about putting the live well on switches and all.. where would I get something made to hold the switches?

any help would be GREATLY appreciated...

I have about 35 days to dream about how to do it...

AL

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Here are the basics.

Take your 8 gauge, Trolling Motor, wire you need a 50 amp fuse or circuit breaker in the circuit then hook it to your trolling motor. If you want you can add a plug and receptacle near the motor.

For the rest of your circuits you need a fuse block. Run a 10 gauge wires to the fuse block from the battery. Then run all of your accessories from the fuse block. Use one fuse for each accessory.

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thanks for some input...

so where should I mount the circuit breaker for the TM? and what about the fuse block? what size fuses should i use? 10 amp? also do I need to use tinned wire for the accessories? at $2.00 a foot that 8 gage hurt pretty bad!

thanks

AL

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you can start with one of these battery boxes it has a 60 amp breaker built in.

http://www.minnkotamotors.com/products/accessories/detail.asp?pg=powercenter

you can mount the fuse block http://www.boatersworld.com/product/196977482msk.htm on the plywood on the transom. Keep it close to the battery.

For fuse size I would use 10amp fuses with 16 gauge wire for your electronics. I would use 14 gauge wire and 15 amp fuses for bilge/livewell pumps.

the switch panel can be mounted in a hole cut out of your bench seat.

http://www.boatersworld.com/product/196901193msk.htm

you can enclose all wire in a split loom.

http://www.boatersworld.com/product/199326083msk.htm

you do not have to use boaters world an automotive parts store should have everything, except the battery box with a circuit breaker.

you can see my switch panel here http://home.comcast.net/~team_dougherty/boat5.jpg it is on the right side of the photo in front of the fuel tank. My fuse block is the black blur just above the fuel tank.

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tinned or not really needed?

boaters world is good for me.. I can go thru AAFES and get 10% off and free shipping if I spend 100 bucks

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great googly moogly even with a discount on all the wire and fuse blocks and panels etc... $274.44 ouch... and that doesn't include a new livewell pump kit... *sigh* gonna have to buy the wife a VERY nice present to get her to agree to this one... when they say a boat is a big black hole.. I didn't think that included dang ELECTRIC ONLY JON BOATS  ;D

and no I am not whining... I am just talking smack

AL

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tinned or not really needed?

boaters world is good for me.. I can go thru AAFES and get 10% off and free shipping if I spend 100 bucks

Tinned would be best. But I use just plain because I am not using my boat in salt water.

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I don't plan on taking mine into salt water either.. hmmm I will have to do a bit more research then...

thanks for the input

AL

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I am looking on ebay.. tinned wire is much cheaper.. I am thinking I only want to do this once... and if I am going to only do it once.. I aught to spend the extra and do it right... so I am going to go with tinned wire.. I am looking on epay.. much more reasonable... btw... my boat is 14 ft Jon and I have the wire for the trolling motor already... I need to get wire for my depth finder and my live well system once I get it... so roughly...  30 foot of red and 30 foot of black tinned wire.. or any color as long as they are different for each other.. I am probably going to roll with 14 gage just to be on the safe side...

thanks for all the input.. keep the ideas coming...

AL

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I had alway heard that 6 gauge was preferred for TM.  I used less once years ago and it gets hot.  Just a thought if it's not too late.

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to be honest I can't remember what I got... its not like I can just go to my fishing storage room and look this minute  ;D  But I did the research and what I got was acceptable for what I am using..I want to say I got 8 gage because the distance was under 15 foot.  I just need to make sure I put a circuit breaker or fuse in the line somewhere...

AL

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