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zwigstrom
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Pontoon wiring

#1 Post by zwigstrom » Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:00 pm

I am redoing my pontoon and I have taken out all of the wiring. My brother in law is a lineman and says he can help me. The dude I got to quote the job quoted almost 3k. I have ordered all the parts and it was around 1300. Any suggestions?

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Re: Pontoon wiring

#2 Post by Bamaman » Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:52 pm

Nice thing about a pontoon boat is that you can make the electrical system as simple or as complicated as you want.

My old Starcraft had a tachometer and that's all. And it was hooked directly to the engine. Only electrics were the running lights.

My Bennington has modular electrical circuits--a bunch of wires plugging into another bunch of wires. I have 2 gauges with shorts. My problem is where to start chasing down what I assume is a ground problem.

I still like to keep things simple. But there again, I like the electronic GPS speedometer too.
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Re: Pontoon wiring

#3 Post by bansil » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:26 pm

Pretty much what has been said....a "lineman" is used to 120/240 etc.
12v gets killed by resistance, clean and dry is your friends, look at amp/V/wire size and go for it, 12ga stranded will do 99% of your none engine start/charge. Cheaper to buy in bulk, yes you can go 14,16,18 20 gage etc....

Good luck and post pics :smoke

I personally would not ground to alum hull, I run separate power/ground for anything in a boat,bus, or trailer because of different materials

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Re: Pontoon wiring

#4 Post by curtiscapk » Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:28 am

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Re: Pontoon wiring

#5 Post by TWB » Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:51 am

curtiscapk wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:28 am
I did it the easy way!!!!!!!

https://www.pontoonstuff.com/collection ... ng-harness


I did too. It took much less time and made all the difference!

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Re: Pontoon wiring

#6 Post by Motor7 » Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:14 am

$3K to wire a pontoon? Holeey crap. Do not mess with the engine harness unless it's damaged & mark those wires and plugs on it as you unplug them. The rest of the boat is simple, usually 6 or less circuits and I am sure your friend can handle that. I replaced all wiring on my boat(except engine harness) and it took less than a day to run it all and hook it up to a new fused breaker box and new gauges.

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