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Old 03-30-2014, 12:43 AM   #1
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Where to buy electrical supplies?

I've got some electrical work to do on my boat and I'm wondering where is the best place to buy supplies?

Out of convenience, I typically go to west marine if I just need one or two small items but I'm now looking at redoing lots of connections wiring underneath my dash. I also need to replace several switches that have stopped working. The proper marine-grade butt connectors, ring connectors, waterproof fuse holders, power busses, wire, switches, and heat shrink parts really start to add up.

I know they are worth it so I'm going to get them but, I'm trying to find out where others have found the best pricing and selection.

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I found marine (Ancor brand) wire on Ebay for cheap, and flat rate box shipping.
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Cheap wire (and many but not all accessories

Will finish the ends for you if you know measurements pretty inexpensively.
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Ask where the guys in the Audio Visual and Security install operators pick up their supplies. It is almost all low voltage equipment. You will get good pricing plus you will get help if you need it. You will also get an opportunity to snoop around and find tools and better ways of doing what you intend.
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Del City!

For terminals, wire, switches, fuses and the like, it is hard to beat Del City for prices and selection.

Del City - Electrical Supplies & Professional Grade Wiring Products

Ancor does not manufacture anything, it repackages stuff and jacks up the prices for West Marine to sell to the unsuspecting.
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Marine Electrical Supply Items In Stock and Shipped Fast! Genuinedealz.com
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Marine Wiring, Boat Cable and Electrical Genuinedealz.com

The last time I needed a length of cable they were out of stock so I turned to ebay. I found what I was looking for and they were the seller.

Turns out they were selling leftover lengths of cable and had what I needed.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:24 PM   #10
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........... Ancor does not manufacture anything, it repackages stuff and jacks up the prices for West Marine to sell to the unsuspecting.
That's a pretty bold statement. Can you back it up?
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Ask where the guys in the Audio Visual and Security install operators pick up their supplies.
Do they use stranded, tinned wire like marine wire? If so, that would be another great resource. Not sure there's enough business for a brick-and-mortar store that specialized outside the bigger urban areas though.

I've had very good luck with Genuinedealz.com. Always have the good stuff at the best price; quick turnaround.
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BestBoatWire.com was where I sourced most of my stuff about ten years or so ago. Always good to compare.
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Also a happy customer of genuinedealz. They have been my goto source for tinned wire (DC and AC) as well as shrink connectors. The wire has always been major, respected brands. As the OP mentioned, I think they buy up overstock/leftovers to sell to those of us who don't need whole spools. For larger cable, you can't beat the $1 charge for crimps. For smaller wire, particularly if you expect to do a lot of crimps, highly recommend investing in a good Anchor ratchet crimper. I bought one for shrink and another for uninsulated (also bought a huge crimper for battery cable but that is becuase I have a sickness - any excuse to buy a new tool).
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bestboatwire is now genuinedealz.
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:19 AM   #15
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Perfect! Thanks everyone...That's exactly the info I was looking for.

Man, I love this site!

Thanks,

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This thread is the forum at its best. Terrific. Thanks for the resources.
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:32 AM   #17
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bestboatwire is now genuinedealz.
Thanks for the update!
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Tinned Marine Wire, The power behind it all Great prices and specifically for marine applications. Very nice shrink connectors and all wire is tinned copper strands.
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Tinned Marine Wire, The power behind it all Great prices and specifically for marine applications. Very nice shrink connectors and all wire is tinned copper strands.
I purchased from them. Fast shipping, good communication, domestic brand name cable with high temp rated insulation. Recommend.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:44 PM   #20
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I'll pile on and rec Genuinedealz. Del City is another excellent resource and has some more exotic connectors that can come in really handy. Can't go wrong with either or both.
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