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Old 08-12-2012, 09:56 AM
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I had new electronics installed in my Hydrocat a few months back including a new Garmin touchscreen GPS.

I lent the boat to an friend who left the batteries on and may have left the GPS and VHF on over night.

The next morning, the console was on fire.

Ive never heard of this happening before and was hoping to get some insight as to how this could happen so I can avoid this type of thing in the future.

any thoughts would be appreciated. The damage is probably $15,000 to $20,000, the engines and hull survived.

I am debating whether to fix the boat or transplant the 4 strokes and put them on my 289 Intrepid hull.

Thanks,

Jake
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by arbiter View Post
Hello All-

I had new electronics installed in my Hydrocat a few months back including a new Garmin touchscreen GPS.

I lent the boat to an friend who left the batteries on and may have left the GPS and VHF on over night.

The next morning, the console was on fire.

Ive never heard of this happening before and was hoping to get some insight as to how this could happen so I can avoid this type of thing in the future.

any thoughts would be appreciated. The damage is probably $15,000 to $20,000, the engines and hull survived.

I am debating whether to fix the boat or transplant the 4 strokes and put them on my 289 Intrepid hull.

Thanks,

Jake
Well.... having left my electronics on until the batteries died (by mistake) ... it was a non event. My electronics shut off before the voltage gets to low.... but the VHF will get hot. There is a heat sink on the back of the radio which can get hot... especially when the voltage gets low. OHM's law
Old 08-12-2012, 12:35 PM
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Anyone hazard to guess how much it will cost to re-rig the electrical and redo the console?
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:40 PM
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Something as seemingly innocent as a loose connection could have caused it, even if it was properly fused.
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Nice boat! That's really 15k worth of damage? Looks like just the console is damaged. A lot more then just the hull and engines survived. The seat doesn't even look damaged. Maybe 15k including replacing all the electronics and wiring in the console. But fiberglass damage doesn't look bad at all.

Maybe just buy a new factory console? The wiring and more so the new electronics depending on what your or originally had will be the big costs.

Did you like this hull? Is the intrepid already rigged with engines? If you liked this boat I say keep it and fix it.
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Originally Posted by A_Frayed_Knot View Post
Nice boat! That's really 15k worth of damage? Looks like just the console is damaged. A lot more then just the hull and engines survived. The seat doesn't even look damaged. Maybe 15k including replacing all the electronics and wiring in the console. But fiberglass damage doesn't look bad at all.

Maybe just buy a new factory console? The wiring and more so the new electronics depending on what your or originally had will be the big costs.

Did you like this hull? Is the intrepid already rigged with engines? If you liked this boat I say keep it and fix it.
Thanks. The Hull is great. it handles the seas much better than my intrepid. the Co went out of BZ 10 years ago, so no luck with console. the intrepid is just the hull, no engines. I actually took the engines off the Intrepid to put on the Cat.

What do you think the cost is to rewire a 30 ft CC, not including the electronics?

Best,

Jake
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Originally Posted by arbiter View Post
Thanks. The Hull is great. it handles the seas much better than my intrepid. the Co went out of BZ 10 years ago, so no luck with console. the intrepid is just the hull, no engines. I actually took the engines off the Intrepid to put on the Cat.

What do you think the cost is to rewire a 30 ft CC, not including the electronics?

Best,

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do you have any more pictures of the damage? And get in contact with THT member Seabob he wires boats and could def get you a price.

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