Ancor 2023

APPENDIX 67 Using the wrong type of wire can cost you more in the long run. Insist on Marine Grade® Boat Cable by Ancor. It is UL approved for the corrosive marine environment and charter boat service. Marine Grade Boat Cable is specially designed to exceed all test standards for cold bend, moisture and oil resistance, heat shock and flammability. This ensures the safest, easiest to install, longest lasting and ultimately the least expensive electrical system you can buy. Only Ancor offers a complete line of Marine Grade Boat Cable for every need. “Can I use ‘regular wire’ for my boat?” The answer to this common question is a qualified "yes." However, caution is advised and the installer must understand the circumstances in which SAE (Society of Automotive Engineering) J378, J1127 or J1128 wire can, and can not be used. Keep in mind that these wires are designed for "surface vehicles," not for the special requirements of the marine industry. Even if tinned copper, they should not be run in bilge spaces or other areas subject to moisture from spray or dripping. They should not be run in engines spaces, unless marked “oil resistant” and “75°C”. They should not be used in applications where subjected to vibration or frequent flexing and must never be used for 110 volt applications. For safety, use only wire which is marked with size, type and temperature rating. Most importantly, SAE wire is up to 12% smaller than AWG Boat Cable which means that, in many applications, larger gauge wire must be used to stay within the voltage drop limits recommended by experts. The wire charts found in “Chapman’s Piloting” and other publications are all for “AWG” wire like Ancor, not “SAE” type wire. Wire & Cable Technical Data ABYC Recommended Usages Color Item Use Red DC Positive Conductor Positive Mains Black or Yellow DC Negative Conductor Return, Negative Mains Green or Green w/ Yellow Stripe DC Grounding Conductor Bonding System Bonding Wires (if insulated) Light Blue Oil Pressure Oil Pressure Sender to Gauge Dark Blue Cabin & Instrument Lights Fuse or Switch to Lights Brown Generator Armature Generator Armature to Regulator Alternator Charge Light Generator Terminal/Alternator Auxiliary Terminal to Light to Regulator Pumps Fuse or Switch to Pumps Grey Navigation Lights Fuse or Switch to Lights Tachometer Tachometer Sender to Gauge Orange Accessory Feed Ammeter to Alternator or Generator Output and Accessory Fuses or Switches Common Feed Distribution Panel to Accessory Switch Pink Fuel Gauge Fuel Gauge Sender to Gauge Purple Ignition Ignition Switch to Coil & Electrical Instruments Instrument Feed Distribution Panel to Electric Instruments Brown w/ Yellow Stripe Bilge Blowers Fuse or Switch to Blower Yellow w/ Red Stripe Starting Circuit Starting Switch to Solenoid Tan Water Temperature Water Temperature Sender to Gauge Green/Stripe (G/x) (except G/Y) Tilt Down and/or Trim In Tilt and/or Trim Circuits Blue/Stripe (Bl/x) Tilt Up and/or Trim Out Tilt and/or Trim Circuits