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Old 06-02-2008, 20:02   #1
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Solar inline waterproof connectors

I have two Kyocera 130's mounted to the side rail on either side of our boat and when they were installed the electrician used what looks like 10gauge wire and wired them permanently. I NEED to be able to remove those panels when either we leave the boat or there is bad weather and water that warrants removing them but I am having a huge problem finding waterproof connectors that take thick wire. Does anyone have any suggestions??.....I'm at my wits end...been scouring the web for days looking for something suitable.....
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Google "oceanographic connectors" etc. There are many different types of waterproof electrical connectors used in the research business. Businesses that sell oceanographic instruments also sell these connectors. I saw one today that costs $5000 for an acoustic array being tested. Don't let that freak you out though. There are much cheaper ones.

I have also taken some male-female insulated crimp on spade connectors, packed them with silicon grease and then wrapped them with self-annealing works. The grease displaces any water that might get past the tape. Tef-Gel works as a substitute for the grease and Densyl tape can work as a substitute for the self-anealing tape.

A third alternative is this: DRYSEAL CONNECTORS
These I would pack with silicon grease.

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