How Many Wires Can You Put On A Battery In A Boat


Have you ever looked into a boat and seen forty-seven wires coming off of the battery? And even worse, have you ever had an issue when it comes to power because of all these wires? Leaving you to wonder:

How Many Wires Can You Put On A Battery In A Boat? There should never be more than four ring terminal wires hooked to a single battery post on a boat. Also, terminal posts are always preferred over terminal clamps and or wing nuts.

The number of wires going to the battery terminal is crucial, but here are the other crucial things that you need to know about!

Which Boat Battery Terminals You Should Connect First.

It is a general rule of thumb that you want to hook up the positive wires before you hook up the negative wires going to the battery.

This is because the power is always trying to flow back to the battery through the negative terminal.

This will make it the last connection that should be connected when hooking up a battery in a boat.

Something else that should be considered when changing out a battery in a boat and hooking it up.

Is that you want to keep all of the wires separated and ensure that you have all the negatives with the negatives. And the positives with the positives.

A simple trick to make sure you don’t forget a wire is to zip tie them all together when they are removed.

What Order Should The Wires Go On The Battery Terminal?

I’m sure that you have seen at some point in your boating career a battery in a boat with about 17 wires connected to it.

Where they are all just put on in no particular order.

But it’s best to connect a maximum of four wires to the battery terminal, with the biggest wire terminal on the bottom.

And the smallest wire terminal on the top.

Putting the biggest lug on the bottom gets the best connection to the battery for the component that needs the most amperage from the battery.

If you stack the little wires under the big terminal connector.

That big connector might have trouble getting all the power that it needs for whatever it is running.

This is why you want to put the biggest wire lug on the bottom of the stack on the terminal!

What Size Wiring Should You Use For The Boat?

Having the correct size wiring in your boat is crucial. Feeding the components that you run in the boat with the correct amount of amperage, is what will make the work the best.

And last the longest amount of time.

Most items, like your engine, pumps, lights, and pretty much all your electronics in the boat.

Have a specific requirement for how much amperage or power, they need to work efficiently.

As well as last for many years. These requirements will be posted on the paperwork you get with the item.

Or you can find the information on the companies website.

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Aaron Hilligoss

Aaron has been working in the Marine Industry for over a decade and holds certifications for Yamaha and Mercury Marine. It is not uncommon for him to own and be working on at least three different boats at any given point in time!

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