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I want to run the cords for my riggers through the rear of my boat to the batteries. But I need a plug that can be installed through the wall. What are you guys using? I have heard of using trolling motor plugs and outdoor rated receptacles but I was looking for something smaller that I can hide a little better. Big Jon said the Pro Tournaments pull 8 amps at start up and5-6 amps after that. Thanks.

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I use the same connection as Jon too. I installed a perko battery switch inside the transom area, and ran my cables from riggers to that, under the rigger mount on top, then siliconed. I Don't recommend boring holes in the rear of the transom, let's too much water/condensation in for rot later on. Running to terminal blocks saves the bilge from looking like a wiring factory with wires all over the place too.

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I'm not running them through the transom, my batteries sit between the back of the boat and the transom, right next to where I have the riggers mounted on the corners. Right now I run the cable through the access cover, but I want to mount some plugs on the back. I talked to Big Jon and they didn't really have a recommendation. They just run the supplied cords through with a grommet. I'll take some pictures to explain it better.

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Here is the top of the transom. The hatch is where the battery is. There is a space between the transom and the "back" of the boat where the batteries, battery switch, charger and washdown pump are.

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I think either will work, whatever your fancy, but i like the locking feature of the trolling motor plugs as well and they will match your washdown pump.

The only think I'll say witht the Marinco plugs is put some thread lock on the actual outlet threads before fully tightening down the lock nut. The dealer did not do so with mine and they started to spin. I re-did them with the thread lock and they are great.

Good luck in whichever you choose.

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I use "Anderson Style" plugs. Search on Ebay, they are pretty reasonable. They don't hold water and if you fill the connectors with solder you can just dunk the leads of your cable into the solder and once it sets up you are ready to go (no crimps that hold water and corrode).

http://www.andersonpower.com/products/multipole-sb.html

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Nick,

I used a plug that is very similar, but ss instead of plastic. In mine the plug has a collar which threads on to the receptical, this had been very secure and without problems. If that plug has a collar I would say your good to go.

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I've been using these connectors for the past 5 years now. I've only had to replace one of the four that I purchased originally. They offer a flush fit and water tight connection with a cover that keeps the plug dry when not in use. I wired these plugs to fit through the gunnel and plug in at each rigger.

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http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=112199&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=11151&storeNum=10109&subdeptNum=10611&classNum=10615

Doh!!! I see you've found them already.....

I was thinking about using these, although the trolling motor plugs would work also:

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