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Old 03-26-2011, 05:00 PM
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Well does this look about right. I am not sure about the #2 wire cause this is a relatively small boat 18.5 ft Hewescraft, powering standard stuff, downriggers, FF/GPS, marine radio, stereo. Your thoughts please.
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:05 AM
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What software program did you use to diagram your system? Some sort of CADboard program? Wow I should get banned for a joke like that...




I have no good info to add except for my smart alek remark. But hey it's a free bump eh?
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Offhand I'd guess you will be blowing a lot of fuses and have a nice marshmallow roaster by the time you are done.

Hint: NEVER connect positive to negative. EVER.
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What Gerg said x 2! Look at that closed circuit (with no load) from the house battery + to the fuse box to the Blues Seas terminal & from that same terminal back to the house battery - . Poof!
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Originally Posted by Crunchy21 View Post
Your thoughts please.
Hire a pro to wire your boat.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:18 PM
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Does anyone smell something burning????

Oh! I see... Its a fuse tester.

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what software program did you use to diagram your system? Some sort of cadboard program? Wow i should get banned for a joke like that...




i have no good info to add except for my smart alek remark. But hey it's a free bump eh?
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Blue Sea systems has very good schematics available for single/dual motors and single/dual/multi battery applications.
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I'll give Crunchy some credit here and assume the fuse box has a ground strip in it besides the hot bus for the fuses. Electrically it looks OK to me just way to complicated and I don't fully understand what you are trying to accomplish.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Crunchy21 View Post
Well does this look about right. I am not sure about the #2 wire cause this is a relatively small boat 18.5 ft Hewescraft, powering standard stuff, downriggers, FF/GPS, marine radio, stereo. Your thoughts please.
if this is how you illustrate/draw your wiring schematics then you will need to hire an electrician.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:16 AM
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Interesting diagram? Conductor/wire size? amp load? Might be cheaper to visit a yard or shop. Once it's straight, a little silicon spray on the connections will help preserve the wiring.
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Originally Posted by 2dogs1949 View Post
I'll give Crunchy some credit here and assume the fuse box has a ground strip in it besides the hot bus for the fuses. Electrically it looks OK to me just way to complicated and I don't fully understand what you are trying to accomplish.
i've been waiting for someone to finally go there. seems most fuse blocks have a ground buss built in. unless were talking searay or bayliner where you run the positives to a panel in one part of the boat and grounds to another.
going back to your diagram crunchy, the one thing i would change is the supply of the fuse block to the load and not the battery side of the battery switch. other than that don't let the diagram snobs get you down.

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Originally Posted by booyagasha View Post
if this is how you illustrate/draw your wiring schematics then you will need to hire an electrician.

I drew a similar diagram and was given the same advice from some folks here. I was able to get everything done on my own.
I took my Sharpie drawing to an electrical shop here in town. This guy has been doing electrical for cars, boats, heavy equipment, log trucks, etc. He liked my sharpie diagram. I told him about the ribbing I took for not being able to use the cad programs or whatever they are to draw it. He laughed and said he had no idea how to use those either. He still draws out everything with a pencil.
He laughed saying he mustn't know how to wire anything either because he couldn't use a computer.
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
I drew a similar diagram and was given the same advice from some folks here. I was able to get everything done on my own.
I took my Sharpie drawing to an electrical shop here in town. This guy has been doing electrical for cars, boats, heavy equipment, log trucks, etc. He liked my sharpie diagram. I told him about the ribbing I took for not being able to use the cad programs or whatever they are to draw it. He laughed and said he had no idea how to use those either. He still draws out everything with a pencil.
He laughed saying he mustn't know how to wire anything either because he couldn't use a computer.
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
I drew a similar diagram and was given the same advice from some folks here. I was able to get everything done on my own.
I took my Sharpie drawing to an electrical shop here in town. This guy has been doing electrical for cars, boats, heavy equipment, log trucks, etc. He liked my sharpie diagram. I told him about the ribbing I took for not being able to use the cad programs or whatever they are to draw it. He laughed and said he had no idea how to use those either. He still draws out everything with a pencil.
He laughed saying he mustn't know how to wire anything either because he couldn't use a computer.
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a little use of symbols and this drawing could have been legit, almost

anybody with common knowledge of 12v system can hook something up..what happens when you add resistors and need to find voltage drops. ? where's that sharpie drawing now?oh yeah, call ya local electrical guy, im sure he has his own color code chart also too right?
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i don't see 8hp kicker on that list. :?
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I don't understand why any of you would think this diagram is OK. I don't care if you scratch it in the beach sand, it still needs to be correct, and this one is NOT.
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So if the diagram is lousy or shows a short, then why not offer a constructive suggestion or comment?

Grow up and try to help the guy. All of you act like you were born knowing schematics and wiring. It is a learned skill and some else put up with your BS and taught you.

To the OP - the diagram shows a connection between a positive and negative at the fuse box.
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OK.....how about this; I never thought it right to connect positive lead to a negative lead. I don't know....but it was something about the noise......not sure though.
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Originally Posted by capt_matt View Post
To the OP - the diagram shows a connection between a positive and negative at the fuse box.
Actually Skipper, that is the ONLY part that is correct. He shows a neg feed to the neg bus on the fuse block and a pos feed to the pos bus on the fuse block (although the fuse block is mounted upside down).

Careful what you tell these people.

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