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Triplex Boat Cable
What is triplex boat cable?
Triplex boat cable is a three-conductor boat cable used in a variety of power-specific applications. We designed this cable for ease of installation and maximum durability. That means that this boat cable is not only tough but extremely flexible as well. We know that wire and cable routing often occur in tight spaces such as boat hulls. What good is a boat cable if it lacks flexibility? Our triplex boat cable is so flexible in fact, that you can literally tie it into a knot and then undo that knot with no damage to the conductors or the insulation. Pacer triplex boat cable is a common choice of professionals for marine environments due to its high level of quality, resistance, and durability.
"Our triplex boat cable is so flexible in fact, that you can literally tie it into a knot and then undo that knot with no damage to the conductors or the insulation."
How do I Properly Strip Triplex Cable?
Correctly stripping triplex boat cable is a simple task when you have the right tools. For this job, we are going to need two types of tools; a cable cutter and a wire stripper. For the cutters, we will use high-leverage cable cutters. We will begin by measuring our cable. Be sure to add an extra inch or two. It's better to have your cable slightly too long rather than slightly too short. The high leverage cable cutter will cut through the multi-conductor cable with little effort. Now we will remove the outer jacket. If needed you can make a slit between the conductors to make the removal easier. With the outer insulation removed, we can use our wire strippers on the internal conductors. For this, we'll use our compact wire stripper as it perfectly covers the gauge sizes we will be working with. Once we know the correct amount of insulation to strip, we will use our strippers to cut the insulation while pulling it away from the main section which exposes the internal conductors. All that is left is to repeat the process on the remaining wires. With the proper tools, you can safely cut and strip triplex boat cables without damaging the insulation or the internal conductors.
How is triplex boat cable manufactured?
All Pacer Triplex boat cable is manufactured in Sarasota FL USA. Our manufacturing process begins by selecting the highest quality materials. That is why we use type III class K tinned copper which is known for its high conductivity. The copper is finely stranded and annealed to ensure strength and flexibility. So now that we have copper built for flexibility, durability, and conductivity, we move on to the insulation. Our insulation is a proprietary blend that helps to build upon the flexibility of the cable. We only use virgin PVC and never use regrind to ensure the highest level of functionality. Our insulation is not only flexible, but it is also extremely resistant to a multitude of environmental hazards. Once the internal conductors are ready, we cover them with a high-quality jacket made from the same material.
What do the different jacket colors indicate on triplex cable?
Pacer's Triplex boat cable is designed for different power needs and is identifiable by the color of the jacket. This way, all you need to do is quickly glance at the cable to see if it’s the cable you need for the task at hand. Knowing which type is right for your job isn’t that difficult given the correct knowledge. Below we’ll take a look at each of the three types and give a brief explanation to help you select the proper triplex boat cable.
Standard Triplex Cable
Euro Triplex Cable
240V Triplex Cable
What is each type of triplex cable used for?
This type of triplex boat cable is the most common type you will find, hence the designation “standard”. It follows the typical wiring color code for US 120-volt AC wiring. This cable is currently available in 16-gauge, 14-gauge, 12-gauge, 10-gauge, 8-gauge, and 6-gauge sizes.
You will find Euro cable is often used in, you guessed it, Europe. This type of triplex boat cable is designed to follow the typical wiring color code for European 230-volt AC wiring. This cable is currently available in 16-gauge, 14-gauge, 12-gauge, 10-gauge, 8-gauge, and 6-gauge sizes.
The 240-volt triplex boat cable is used exactly as the name implies, for 240-volt applications. It follows the typical color code for US 240-volt AC wiring. This cable is currently available in 14-gauge, 12-gauge, and 10-gauge sizes.
Where is triplex boat cable implemented?
Triplex boat cable is the ideal choice when replacing older wiring on a boat or installing new wire. With an emphasis on durability and flexibility, installation becomes a much easier task. In order to properly implement triplex boat cable, you will need to use the proper tools so that the cable can be easily stripped and terminated without damage to the insulation or conductors. When used with the correct terminals and connectors you are able to create a superior electrical connection. Depending on the type of terminals and connectors you use, you may need to consider incorporating epoxy-lined heat shrink for an extra level of protection.
How do you safely remove triplex cable's outer jacket?
In order to safely and properly remove the outer jacket of any multi conductor cable, you need to be aware of the inner conductors. Pulling too harshly on the outer jacket after careful cutting can result in unnecessary damage to the internal conductors or their insulation. To alleviate this, Pacer has added a talcum powder coating to the interior of the outer jacket. This serves to alleviate the stress required to remove the outer jacket. The talcum powder allows for easy removal as once cut, the outer jacket will pull off much more smoothly. This not only allows the outer jacket to be removed more easily, but it also protects the internal conductors by reducing the amount of stress that is applied to them.
What makes Pacer triplex boat cable superior?
Pacer's triplex boat cable is superior to the competition for a variety of reasons. For starters, the conductors are made from finely stranded annealed type III class K tinned copper as we mentioned above. This serves not only to increase the conductivity but to reduce the risk of corrosion as well. Another factor that makes this cable superior to the competition is the proprietary insulation. When we apply the insulation to the tinned conductors, we use a refined extrusion process. This extrusion process completely encapsulates the conductors leaving no room for moisture to accumulate. Not only is the cable designed for flexibility and durability, but the inner conductors are talcum powder coated as well. Why do we do this? As we mentioned above, the talcum powder coating allows for the outer jacket to be more easily removed. In this way, you can gain access to the internal conductors much easier than if you used a cable that did not have a powder coating on its internal conductors. Finally, we get to variety. As mentioned above, we offer triplex boat cable in three different styles and in a multitude of gauge sizes. This way you can find the cables you’re looking for, all in one place.
Another important fact that makes Pacer triplex boat cable superior to the competition is the fact that we always strive to improve our products. For example; if you look at your Pacer triplex boat cable, you’ll see the word “Pacer” appears every so often. That’s not us just putting our name out there for fun. It’s actually a functional part of the triplex cable. If you look at the distance from “Pacer” to “Pacer”, you’ll see that it is exactly one foot in length. This was done to make measuring your cable off of a spool a much easier task. Do you need ten feet? Simple, count ten “Pacer’s” and you’ll have ten feet. This doesn't benefit us in any way. It benefits you.
What resistances does triplex cable offer?
Boat cable can only be as good as its ability to handle the conditions it will be subject to. When we designed our triplex boat cable, we kept that idea in mind and focused on making the most durable boat cable on the market. That is why all Pacer triplex boat cable is resistant to acid, alkali, oil, moisture, gasoline, flame, and abrasion. We understand that when you use our boat cable, you are relying on it to perform and to last for a long time. That is exactly why we focused on building a cable that could outlive the competition. We put every effort into making this cable as resistant and durable as we possibly could.
What compliances does triplex boat cable offer?
Pacer triplex boat cable meets or exceeds many of the most important compliances around. Standards and compliances are in place to create a basic level of quality that all products in that family should live up to. By why stop there? No one wants cables that live up to the basic level. This is why we spent so much time developing and refining our triplex boat cable so that it could not only meet the standards and compliances but could exceed them whenever possible.
Why choose Pacer?
Pacer has spent the last forty years building a reputation around trust and reliability. We have become a name trusted by some of the world’s largest boat builders. Think about that for a second. Some of the world’s largest boat builders turn to us for their electrical solutions. I can’t think of a better way to show our level of quality. Every single item we touch gets a thorough inspection and test for quality assurance. That way, when you see Pacer anywhere on your boat, you know you’ve got quality.
*This page was updated on 2/07/2023*