By Ben Ellison
Shakespeare Gold-Plated Cable Hardware
I’ve heard that one rationale for the gold bathroom fixtures that gleam aboard many megayachts is that they don’t need polishing. The same reasoning applies to these new connectors and adaptors from Shakespeare and may save you more than elbow grease. Gold’s extraordinary resistance to corrosion (and excellent conductivity) makes it perfect for vulnerable contact points in important communications cabling, like when you’re trying to get the maximum range on your VHF or push a business call through your cabin-top cell antenna with less than a watt of power. The new line includes fittings for all sorts of cable types as well as gold-plated versions of Shakespeare’s Centerpin connectors, a solderless alternative prized by do-it-yourselfers. Prices start around $4.
Shakespeare Phone: (803) 276-5504. www.shakespeare-marine.com.
This article originally appeared in the August 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.