WIRING HARNESS UPGRADE - Yet ANOTHER Reminder
Maine Sail has contributed another precious post on this issue: Universal Wiring Harness: http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,6682.0.html
Please click on the links to read the details.
Also, the original post on this Critical Upgrades topic and Reply #21 gives you even more information.
Plus this one: http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,4546.15.html
This was started in 2008 and has received a helpful and important "update" in 2014.
Please also understand the "issues" involved in the Critical Upgrade:
The "Euro" strips are a very convenient way to make the connections to replace the trailer pins without having a more difficult time getting in there to strip and crimp connections on the wires for new butt connections. Your boat, your choice. I didn't mention this before, but my PO had the terminal strips installed well before I bought our '86 boat in '98 and the one in the engine compartment is still working just fine.
There are three ways to make the new wiring connections:
1. The "Euro" terminal strip provided by Seaward when you buy the harness. The harness is the wiring itself. The strips are there to replace the stupid trailer connectors. You can replace the connectors WITHOUT replacing the wiring itself (the "harness"). Many have done so.
2. Butt connectors instead of the "Euro" strip. This is essentially the "hard wired" to the engine method suggested by Ron.
3. Terminal strips with ring terminals on each end of the wires, as suggested by Maine Sail. This method requires crimping, just like the butt connector method.
Also, remember that there are two purposes to this whole replacement: 1) getting rid of the trailer connections; 2) replacing the ammeter with a voltmeter to eliminate the long charging run in way undersized wiring to the cockpit panel.
Here's another discussion about connections for the harness and whether or not new wiring is "required."http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,6714.0.html
Here are some more Gummy Bear pictureshttp://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,8681.0.html