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Old 08-02-2004, 04:32 PM
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Default Basic wiring diagram for running lights needed.

I'm rebuilding an old boat (18') and there are no runing lights at all. I need a wiring diagram just for running lights and anchor light. I guess I can wire my compass in with it too.

Anybody have a diagram? Mice ate my 12volt handbook.
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Old 08-02-2004, 05:20 PM
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Its awfully hard to tell you. Do you have a console? Is there anything else on the boat that needs power, like a bilge pump or maybe a radio? Do you plan to every put anything else electrical on the boat? Is there any place for a switch or are you planning on just using alligator clips on an exposed battery.

Its really hard to give any sort of answer unless you tell us what you've got there because at 18 feet boats can really vary a lot, from very simple open skiffs to small cabined boats. Which one is yours?

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Here's your diagram:

+12 volts ----------[5 amp fuse]---------------\switch\-----------P light bulb socket

- 12 volts -------------------------------------------------------- (connect to neg side of bulb socket)


Done. If you want to add more lights, add then where the P is and connect them to same two wires.
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Ahhh common charlie, say it!!
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Dang it Birdman, I'm trying. Forgot I couldn't post a link. here lets try this again from the album. and now I'm having a brain seisure and can't remember how to post an album pic Rats!!
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OK Birdman. Finally got it said. This is the back view of a Double Pole Double Throw switch. See how both running and anchor are energized to the right and only anchor is energized if flipped to the left?
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Good stuff. I'm not good with diagrams but I can darn sure handle reading. I certainly appreciate the info.

I recently bought a bunch of new wiring harnesses at a Pro-Line boats(local builder) yard sale. These wiring harnesesses are all over 20' long and have multiple wires. I have enough wires to outlast me.

Thanks again.
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Old 08-02-2004, 10:42 PM
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OK Birdman. Finally got it said. This is the back view of a Double Pole Double Throw switch. See how both running and anchor are energized to the right and only anchor is energized if flipped to the left?


Not a shot against Charlie but I hate it when manufacturers don't show the contact structure inside the switch housing...
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Perhaps, a formal schematic showing all the internal connections as well as the lamps themselves and the connections to ground would be better for the technical guys. Then again many guys just want to know which kind of switch to buy and where to hook the wires to it. I came across this rough drawing of the back of a typical DPDT switch showing where to connect the wires. If I remember correctly I found it on one of those "how to" websites.
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