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Old 11-29-2019, 10:19 PM
WALI4VR WALI4VR is offline
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Default Marine wire connections

I've seen posts where one person will say only use crimp connectors for joining wires and others swear soldering is the only way to go. Posters have stated the crimp style create too much resistance. Others say soldered connections cause wire breakage from the stiffness of the connection and the pounding boats give to contents.
I'm in the process of rewiring my 20 year old Lund and would like to hear from this group.
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Old 11-29-2019, 10:51 PM
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Solder, liquid electrical tape, then heat shrink tubing.
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Old 11-29-2019, 11:12 PM
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I install wiring for one of the largest commuter rail systems in the country. We crimp all our wire connections. If a quarter million peoples safety every day depends on crimped wires then I feel pretty safe crimping the wires in my boat. Heat shrink the connections.
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Old 11-30-2019, 05:48 AM
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I've seen posts where one person will say only use crimp connectors for joining wires and others swear soldering is the only way to go.
IMHO Choosing between these to methods is more a choice of which one are you the best at accomplishing? Either method will be just fine if the workmanship is good.

I've seen some pretty sloppy solder jobs that result in a poor connection.

I've seen some pretty sloppy crimp jobs that result in a poor connection.

Use the proper tools, learn the proper technic and either method will serve you well. Sealing the connection against moisture intrusion is a key factor in the service life of the connection. Don't skip that last step.
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Old 11-30-2019, 06:15 AM
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While soldering can be considered "old school", you rarely see it used in conditions subject to vibration (cars, boats, trains, aircraft) since if the solder is allowed to wick up the strands, you've essentially made solid-core wire, which will fracture more easily.

That being said, I tend to crimp all of my connections, but I use Ancor-brand terminals almost exclusively, based on their quality compared to what you buy at the local hardware store.

Also, ABYC standards prohibit soldering as the ONLY means of connection. https://abycinc.org/blogpost/1678504...ds--Ed-Sherman

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Old 11-30-2019, 06:35 AM
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While soldering can be considered "old school", you rarely see it used in conditions subject to vibration (cars, boats, trains, aircraft) since if the solder is allowed to wick up the strands, you've essentially made solid-core wire, which will fracture more easily.

That being said, I tend to crimp all of my connections, but I use Ancor-brand terminals almost exclusively, based on their quality compared to what you buy at the local hardware store.

Also, ABYC standards prohibit soldering as the ONLY means of connection. https://abycinc.org/blogpost/1678504...ds--Ed-Sherman

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Good info and I failed to mention in my earlier reply, I usually crimp and then add solder to the crimp connection. (if I choose to take the additional time to do so)
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Old 12-01-2019, 11:00 AM
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I crimp all my connections, what I do differently is remove the plastic tube that comes on them and then use heat shrink tubing

Much faster then solder
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Old 12-01-2019, 02:16 PM
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Crimp, using uninsulated crimp, solder, heatshrink. Using TINNED wire is important no matter which method you use
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Old 12-01-2019, 02:49 PM
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While soldering can be considered "old school", you rarely see it used in conditions subject to vibration (cars, boats, trains, aircraft) since if the solder is allowed to wick up the strands, you've essentially made solid-core wire, which will fracture more easily.

That being said, I tend to crimp all of my connections, but I use Ancor-brand terminals almost exclusively, based on their quality compared to what you buy at the local hardware store.

Also, ABYC standards prohibit soldering as the ONLY means of connection. https://abycinc.org/blogpost/1678504...ds--Ed-Sherman

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And to add to this choice Heat Shrink Butt Connector- https://www.ancorproducts.com/en/309103
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:42 AM
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I crimp and then use Marine grade heat shrink. Marine shrink has an adhesive/glue that melts and seals the connection.

I've had good luck with the one listed below.

https://www.harborfreight.com/42-pie...ing-67598.html
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