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Old 01-14-2016, 05:36 AM
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Is it overkill for me to want to have a real nice electrical system on a $50k aluminum boat?

Xpress puts out a great boat except the electrical system is kind of thrown together. No fuse blocks and a bunch of things hooked directly to the battery with in-line fuses.

I like working with wires and am in the process of installing new fuse blocks and labeling everything.

Is this overkill? It's really a nice boat and I take satisfaction in knowing the electrical system is solid.
Old 01-14-2016, 05:42 AM
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Can't hurt resale if its all done well, especially if wiring is poor on every other one out there when you list yours.
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If it makes the boat safer and the electrical system easier to navigate, maintain, and troubleshoot I don't see this being overkill on any boat. Once you are out there, at the very least it could ruin your day; worse case, something could fail when you need it most. My current boat has an electrical system that is a bit of a tangled mess. Next time around, that is something I will look at and would have more interested in a boat with a properly set up electrical system.

Sounds like it will make you,enjoy the boat more. That would be enough for me to do it.
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Thanks guys. That makes me feel better. It's a lot of work but it sure is enjoyable work.
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Sounds like a good winter project to me and 50K is still s decent chunk of change.
Old 01-14-2016, 09:08 AM
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Sounds like a good idea if you don't have confidence in existing systems.
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Is this overkill?
No. It means you're serious about your electrical system.
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My boat is worth considerably less than yours and I'm spending several quality months and likely several thousand quality dollars redoing the entire electrical system. Pulling every bit of the 1990's wiring out. Putting in a shore power system that's probably overkill but at least it will be safe.

Part of it is my OCD, part of it is that I like to fiddle with things that spark and smoke and part of it is the fact that electrical systems are increasingly important on modern boats. I am not that old and decrepit that I cannot remember many quality hours spent with a voltmeter and can of WD 40 trying to get a poorly configured electrical system working.

Yep, it's important.
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i just bought a 4k dollar skiff and the wiring is just as important as it is on a 300k dollar boat.i properly working organized well thought out safe electrical system is important on any vessel regardless of value or size
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Better wiring means the boat will be safer and more reliable; I would do it in a heartbeat.
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Maybe it's just me... but I like my wiring to be nice and organized on all boats, even my 40yr old jon boat!! Most wiring on boats is whacky and needs to be gone thorugh, organized, labeled and sometimes re-done. There are some exceptions to the rule, but not many.
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Originally Posted by Rail Dawg View Post
Is it overkill for me to want to have a real nice electrical system on a $50k aluminum boat?[...]
I like working with wires and am in the process of installing new fuse blocks and labeling everything.

Is this overkill? It's really a nice boat and I take satisfaction in knowing the electrical system is solid.
It's not overkill at all. In my opinion, it makes perfect sense to rework your boat's electrical system into exactly what you want. If you have the time, skill, and desire to do it, it doesn't make sense not to do it, unless you're planning to sell the boat very soon.

It's a good idea to plan the work to accommodate anything you might want to add during the years you expect to own the boat. No point in resizing wires or relocating fuse blocks for something you know you'll want to do before you sell the boat.

For example, I plan to change to lithium cranking and house batteries eventually (probably LiFePO4). That long-term plan will influence any short-term change in my charger, battery monitor, or alternator.
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Just a great idea, I always go a little overboard on the electrical systems.

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It's a very satisfying project. Got a new starting battery (Deka 1231) and when that goes in all the accessory wires hanging off the old starting battery are heading to a fuse block powered by the house batteries.

Bought a nice Brady wire label maker. Label sleeves that go over wires and then heated.

Yeah you guys are right. Thanks!
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I did mine last winter on a 10 year old boat and it's worth a lot less than 50K.

It gives you a good feeling knowing all the wires on your boat have been checked for any loose connections.















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Yep, Electrical system is "very" important and probably one of the most neglected.

This is from one of the boats.
At time of purchase.
Before


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In most cases in the marine environment, overkill is a good thing!
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I am not an electrical engineer, but I believe certain provisions should be made to protect against electrolisys on an aluminum boat especially if used in salt water.

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