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Wiring for bow mount

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My boat has 8 gauge wiring with a 40amp breaker for the bow mount.

I want to upgrade the wiring to something heavier and put a 50amp breaker in because my Minn Kota PD55 draws more current than 40amps.

What gauge wiring should I use?

Every plug & socket set I've looked at has 8 gauge wires also. Can I just connect my heavier wires to them?

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I think you'd be ok with the 8 guage, unless you're running from the back of the boat to the front. Then it's a slightly different story.

If you're really set on upgrading wires I'd go with 6 ga... again, unless you're running from the back to the front... then I'd look at 4 ga.

You can connect the heavier wires to the 8 ga receptacles... but you will encounter some current drop there - at least it's only a short distance.

marine_man

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 Originally Posted By: marine_man

You can connect the heavier wires to the 8 ga receptacles... but you will encounter some current drop there - at least it's only a short distance.

I'm running from the battery up front, so the distance isn't far.

If I run 6 ga wires to the connector, will the 8 ga wires overheat with the 50 amp breaker?

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