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Old 03-03-2016, 06:43 AM   #1
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Anyone familiar with them? They have attractive prices and the specs on size 8 marine cable and larger look good. I'm getting ready for some significant rewiring and these guys are cheaper than GenuineDealz, plus they're 20 miles from my door.

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Anyone familiar with them? They have attractive prices and the specs on size 8 marine cable and larger look good. I'm getting ready for some significant rewiring and these guys are cheaper than GenuineDealz, plus they're 20 miles from my door.

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Go for it.
They are the exclusive supplier for cable to my integration company. Great product and people. Needless to say that's what I used for my inverter install. The web site for my company is innovasys1.com .
I tell you this NOT to troll for business as we're strictly industrial but so you can gauge how much of this we buy.
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There was some on my Hatt from a PO, and it seemed like good quality stuff.
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Is this #8 "marine wire" tin coated copper w many strands? That's what I got for my new anchor capstan.

What is considered "marine"?
# of strands, wire material, coating and sheathing is probably all considered to be labeled marine. Is there a standard or is this basically a rule of thumb.

On my winch I crimped the connection under the deck and soldered the ends on deck that attach to two exposed studs on the end of the winch motor.

Except for using #8 wire I followed nose on this one. What could I have done to make the winch installation more suited for marine use?
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It's good wire, but iv'e found it less flexible then Pacer and Ancor.
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Thanks, all. They're going to send me some samples so I'll give it a look.

Eric, I'm looking for everything from 4/0 to 16. I'll use number 8 for bonding. Others would be better to ask about your winch wiring, but -- based on everything I've read, my criteria for wire is Type III tinned, stranded copper built to a BC5W2 standard.
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Go for it.
They are the exclusive supplier for cable to my integration company. Great product and people. Needless to say that's what I used for my inverter install. The web site for my company is innovasys1.com .
I tell you this NOT to troll for business as we're strictly industrial but so you can gauge how much of this we buy.
Impressive site, mbevins! With all that volume, I don't suppose you have a few surplus rolls laying around for a one-time Brantford boy, do you? 😄
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I cant seem to find anyone that retails the cobra wire?

these guys seem to have some good prices. Marine Wire, Boat Wiring & Marine Electrical - BestBoatWire.com
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I cant seem to find anyone that retails the cobra wire?

these guys seem to have some good prices. Marine Wire, Boat Wiring & Marine Electrical - BestBoatWire.com
It's not a retail item. Go to their website and look for distribution.
It's primarily an Industrial product.
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I'm in no way affiliated with them but Fisheries Suppy in Seattle carries Cobra wire and cable. I'm doing a similar project so have been getting lots of wire. Agree that Blue Sea Systems makes a great product. Also through FS.
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I'm in no way affiliated with them but Fisheries Suppy in Seattle carries Cobra wire and cable. I'm doing a similar project so have been getting lots of wire. Agree that Blue Sea Systems makes a great product. Also through FS.
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Thanks, Stan. Just so I'm clear, are you using Cobra Wire? If so, are you happy with it in a boating application? Do you share Oliver's opinion on the stiffness?
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The little I have used does a bit seem stiffer as if the insulation was a stiffer plastic....but still very usable.
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I'm in no way affiliated with them but Fisheries Suppy in Seattle carries Cobra wire and cable. I'm doing a similar project so have been getting lots of wire. Agree that Blue Sea Systems makes a great product. Also through FS.
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Thanks, I'm always on the lookout for a better deal. Looks to me that bestboatwire still has the best prices for retail wire.
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Using Cobra and Ancor. Cobra is a bit stiffer but no so much that it's been any issue.
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I've found the stiffness to be no problem, sometimes I prefer it.
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I've found the stiffness to be no problem, sometimes I prefer it.
Great. Now it's just down to price. Thanks.
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"Marine" wire we will be labeled "Boat Cable" on the jacket along with the UL 1426 rating number and USCG designation.
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"Marine" wire we will be labeled "Boat Cable" on the jacket along with the UL 1426 rating number and USCG designation.

I will make a point of looking at the ancor flat cable I have. I dont recall "Boat Cable" being on the stamping. Not saying it isnt there, just that the term feels too generic for some reason.
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BC5W2 is another UL standard, apparently. I have seen it described as "boat cable," not "boat capable."

To add more to this discussion, it looks like Cobra markets a couple versions of boat cable, one of which meets the ASTM B172 standard, which is identified as "rope lay" flexibility. The devil seems to be in the details.
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BC5W2 is another UL standard, apparently. I have seen it described as "boat cable," not "boat capable."

To add more to this discussion, it looks like Cobra markets a couple versions of boat cable, one of which meets the ASTM B172 standard, which is identified as "rope lay" flexibility. The devil seems to be in the details.
That's what I was referring to and assumed you meant back in my original post.
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