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When I put the battery in yesterday somehow the wires burned in the harness that runs from the battery up to the front of the engine

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Hello, I have a Cabin Cruiser myself and I hate when stuff like this happens. The one sure thing is that you have a short on either end where the wires connect. Make sure your +POS and -NEG terminals were hooked up correctly on the Battery.

Remove the parts that the burnt wires were connected to and take them to an Auto-parts store for a bench test or use a Multimeter and see if the connections are grounded to the case.

You may want to take photos of the damage, because with better insurance coverage, this may be covered under a fire or casualty claim. The Marine grade wire is a different than auto wire and is more expensive.

You did not indicate if this is an outboard or Inboard/Outboard setup. First, fix the problem and then look for new wiring looms if the Insurance is kicking in. There are Marine Salvage yards on the Internet and sometimes you can find what you need as a used item if you are paying for the repair. Depending on the damage, you could replace only a few wires and be done with it.

I hope you find my solution very helpful and Good Luck on this problem.

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