How To Rewire A Bass Boat - Important Steps

If you live around freshwater, fishing with a small boat in the morning is likely part of life. Reflecting on your life while waiting for fish to grab your bait helps you get closer to nature.

But of course, this enjoyment is not exclusive to those who live around the lake or river. Those of you living in big cities can also take the time to travel to nearby lakes or rivers and enjoy the peace and solitude of fishing.

You need a bass boat.

There are many different types of boats including kayaks and canoes (learn how to build one on Carve Your Creation). Whatever your motivation for fishing is, a bass boat is something that you should consider getting.

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Bass boats are small boats designed specifically for fishing in freshwater. They are usually equipped with swivel chairs to make it easier to throw bait into any position and from any position.

Not only that, but this type of boat is also equipped with a living well with recirculating water, allowing fish (which have been captured) to stay alive until you get home.

We won't talk about how to choose a good bass boat. You can find a lot of relevant information on that elsewhere online. Keeping your boat is more difficult and no less important!

In this article, we’ll talk about how to rewire a bass boat. Let’s get to it…

How To Rewire A Bass Boat - Considerations

When rewiring a bass boat, keep in mind the following important steps:

Make a list of all the accessories needed.

You can't go further without knowing everything you need to rewire your own bass boat.

Taking a big-picture approach, you must determine the size of the fuses and circuit breakers needed for each electrical accessory. You also need to know if your GPS unit and VHF radio are equipped with a switch.


After knowing all that is needed, now is the time for you to shop for electrical accessories such as terminal blocks, switches, wires and so on.

Be sure to choose the best ones - this is your boat you're talking about here.

Prepare the wires.

Go to the back of the boat, where you'll find several pumps (the boat hull pump, the live pump or maybe the washing pump) and an anchor light.

For each electrical accessory, prepare two types of wire: one as a ground wire and the other as a positive connection provider.

Create your own wiring diagram.

You need to record the different cable colors on your own wiring diagram. By doing this, you can make sure you attach each positive wire right on the dashboard.

Of course, make sure you first have a terminal block on the dashboard for all negative wires.

Avoid installing too many cables.

Many rewiring errors are caused by installing too many cables to the battery pole.

This installation mistake can also cause you to run out of thread for wing nuts. Not enough thread to screw means weak electrical connections.

To avoid this, you should connect positive cables to the circuit breaker, ensuring the safety of the entire electrical system if all accessories are turned on simultaneously.

Connect cables correctly.

You must connect all dashboard accessories without exception.

Make sure the positive cables are pinned to the fuse and the negative ones are pinned to the ground terminal block. After all the dashboard accessories are paired, you can work on those connected to your stern.

Cover the terminal end of your cables.

The terminal end is the part that is quite susceptible to corrosion. In the process of rewiring, you should replace your terminals with the ones specifically designed to withstand water and corrosion due to salt.


In essence, rewiring a bass boat works on replacing vulnerable parts and making sure everything is in place. Hopefully this article is helpful to you.

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