How To Install Heat Shrink Terminals on Boat Wiring

Boats.com has Gary Reich walk you through the process of installing heat shrink terminals, explain what tools are necessary, and provide some helpful tips.

Customer Spotlight – Rob Holmes

Rob Holmes

Captain Rob Holmes sent us a photo of his work done on the cockpit in his recently purchased 1968 motorboat. As you can see above, his construction looks great! What we also found quite interesting was his process during the restoration: Rob tells us he preplanned and built the whole project in a three-dimensional computer program! He wanted to be able to play “what-if”, and test his ideas before he cut the wood. He’s actually a 3D animator, so this planning was right up his alley. What’s funny, he says, is that the project turned out “exactly” like the 3D designs, which is quite rare. He told us:

“When I bought my 1968 boat a few years ago it had a terrible mess inside the cockpit bulkhead. Some rough fiberglass work had been done to cover up holes left when instruments were taken out. I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to create some much needed organizational space, as well as a navigation station; which I did not have. I designed a cabinet to cover the space; made so the whole unit could fold down and provide a spot for my laptop. I also devised a system for raising and lowering the unit to make it into a laptop shelf and for making it adjustable.”

He’s told us this is only part of his refitting for this boat, but from what we can see, it looks fabulous!

Customer Spotlight – Luciano Valdivia

Valdivia-BEFORE Valdivia-AFTER

Luciano Valdivia’s work on this 1965 Sailstar Bristol Corinthian was as in-depth as it is gorgeous. This sailboat from Rhinecliff, New York could be the poster for Extreme Makeover-Boating Edition. Unfortunately, the photos show only a fraction of his work on this boat, christened Pas de Deux, but much more has been done. The teak cockpit flooring had to be bleached and oiled, and the chainplates were pulled and reset. All of the boat’s brightwork had to be refinished; and the entire interior was sanded and refinished as well. Pas de Deux’s interior also received new cushions, shelf installation, and rewiring. In fact, all of her hardware was reset. To replace the old, rotted combing boards, Luciano cut brand-new boards out of mahogany by using the originals as templates. The original winches were replaced with bronze Barient winches, and the old bench was refitted with new silicon bronze fasteners. To maintain Pas de Deux’s classic look, Luciano added vinyl graphics for the name and hailing port. All of Valdivia’s work has definitely paid off, however, because she looks incredible.

Bilge Pump Installation Part 3 of 3, Running the wires


This is part 3 of a 3 part series about installing bilge pumps in a Lagoon 38. In this part I show how I did the wiring.
Check out Part One here, and Part Two here.

Wiring a Bilge Pump

Installing a bilge pump can be messy and confusing…
This video by OffCenterHarbor.com makes it clear & simple. Don Eley, professor at the Maine Maritime Academy, walks us through a basic system that you might find on any small boat.

Electrical Systems – Part 4

Making good connections – walking you through a simple two battery system.
You can check out the series here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Electrical Systems – Part 3

Wiring simplified – OffCenterHarbor.com and Professor Eley walk you through a simple two-battery system.
You can check out Part 1 of this series here, and Part 2 here.

Electrical Systems – Part 2

Learn a simple step-by-step system for working with Batteries and Cables.
You can check out Part 1 of this series here.