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Canal boat wiring connections are subject to vibrations, humidity, temperature and dirt.

Do a proper job with reference to the BSS and RCD.

If you are DIYing, buy the best you can afford. Check our directory services for companies who supply electrical components.

Invest in a high quality ratchet crimping tool rather than the commonly used flat pressed metal product found in basic kits. It will significantly improve the quality of the connection and save you time and money in the future.

Connections are universally colour coded by their gauge and the power handling ability of the cable. Use the right connector for the right job and do not cut corners here.
Use shrink sleeving over all exposed connections to help prevent moisture ingress.

Be careful when clipping cable runs or conduit. It’s a miserable experience trying to remove or add to a cable that is tightly clipped behind the centre of a long panel or bulkhead. As we mention above, the Boat Safety Scheme states secure clipping at 900mm intervals for conduit and secure fixing for cables every 300mm intervals.

Be aware that the Recreational Craft Directive has a whole section devoted to the installation of both AC and DC electrical systems in small craft. For example, DC conductors (wiring) should have crimped terminal ends, i.e. no bare wires to screw or stud terminals. Therefore you should familiarise yourself with what the regulations are before you undertake any work.
Call in a professional if you are in any way unsure.
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