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Wiring Navigation lights

Putting navigation lights on my Jon boat... Any advice on wire guage to use? The run will be around 16feet. Plan to run to a toggle switch mounted on transom with an inline fuse to keep it simple.
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Re: Wiring Navigation lights

I used 14 on my old boat.. either solder the ends or get marine grade to seal the wire..
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dj, sounds like you got it under control. I wire things like that all the time for people, and that is exactly what I would have done had you wanted me to do it.

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Re: Wiring Navigation lights

That is how I wired up both of my boats. I used 14 Ga as well. I've had no issues at all with the wiring.
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Re: Wiring Navigation lights

I am about to wire an old 13' Whaler with navigation lights. It's a 1966 and the wiring has all been removed at some point. I ordered a 4 switch panel from Cabelas that looks pretty nice. How I'm going to put it all together I don't know. Does the wire need to be a special marine grade or would 14 gauge wire from the hardware store be okay? Thanks
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I used 14 on my old boat.. either solder the ends or get marine grade to seal the wire..
+1 Always crimp and solder your connection saves a lot of heartache and trouble shooting time
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Re: Wiring Navigation lights

You'll either need two switches or a two position pull switch( like a headlight switch)so you are able to turn on both lights separately. Stern light on for when floating or anchored not under power and both lights when under power. I have mine on a two position pull switch. First click the white stern light comes on and second the bow light comes on.
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You'll either need two switches or a two position pull switch( like a headlight switch)so you are able to turn on both lights separately. Stern light on for when floating or anchored not under power and both lights when under power. I have mine on a two position pull switch. First click the white stern light comes on and second the bow light comes on.
Why not just have them both set to be on at the same time with one switch?
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Re: Wiring Navigation lights

the main purpose of factory installed lights being able to turn either both or just white light on is just to save battery power. We usually keep both on in the Ohio just to help our visibility to the tug boat traffic. The bulbs in these lights are so low powered it will never draw down a good marine battery even if on all night. So, the answer is either way will work

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You'll either need two switches or a two position pull switch( like a headlight switch)so you are able to turn on both lights separately. Stern light on for when floating or anchored not under power and both lights when under power. I have mine on a two position pull switch. First click the white stern light comes on and second the bow light comes on.
Why not just have them both set to be on at the same time with one switch?
The reason for navigation lights is to signal other boaters that are navigating in your area. The colored lights in the front lets the boater know which way you are headed at night.

As I said, when you are not under way the white stern light is the only light lit. This lets other boaters know that you are anchored and not moving. To display the correct lights you either need them on two switches or a switch that allows only the stern light on when needed.

This is all covered in your boating manual.
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