Systems & Propulsion

We prefer “barrier” blocks (aka terminal strips, third row above) for connections, but when joining tiny wires, some other—albeit less robust—options are available.

How To Connect Small Wires

Connectors designed for service on land don’t always hold up to the rigors of life at sea.

The popularity of micro-electronics and LEDs has greatly increased the number of small wires on board, and whether the added eyestrain is a fair trade-off for a lighter, more energy efficient boat depends upon your perspective. Fortunately, some welcome accessories are relieving the headaches associated with joining two wires of tiny diameters—at times as small as button thread.

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