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Old 10-03-2014, 09:10 AM
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I am starting the planning process for completely rewiring my boat and need a good wiring diagram with switches curcuit breakers and everything else needed for proper wiring and safety. I am going to mock it up in the garage first then pull everything from the boat and redo the boat. I already did the baterries, battery switches and a breaker between the battery switches and electronics, phase two replaces everything else in the boat from the bow lights back!!!

Any pictures and advice from where to buy the switchs would be greatly appreciated.

I am using black 1/2" starboard for my new dash panel and instead of buying a new switch panel I am going to mount all my switches across the bottom of the panel with the round fuse holders/reset mounted right below them. I need a good reasonable source for those switches and fuse holders as I am buying 14 to 18 of them not sure yet how many spares I want for future upgrades ;-)

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Specifically which switches to use and where to buy them as well as any diagrams available!

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Old 10-03-2014, 09:26 AM
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Starboard is a good choice for the instrument panel and cutting the holes for the electronics won't be an issue. Where you are going to have a problem is getting hole for 18 switches all cut square and straight. One bad cut and the whole panel goes to hell in a hand basket. By the time you buy 18 good quality switches and circuit breakers, you have probably come close to the cost of a prewired panel and you will spend hours wiring them. Personally, I would go with two of the Blue Sea 8 circuit panels mounted side by side. They come prewired with switches, C/Bs, and indicator LEDs and are very nice. If anything about it doesn't come out right, that will be the first thing you see when you step on the boat.

The eight position Blue Sea Contura panels retail for $222 but they can be fond for less than that. I asked SeaArk to not install any electrical panels in my boat that is on order just because I want to use Blue Sea stuff on the console. Their stuff looks really nice and you will never go wrong with one of heir products.

If you are still set on cutting individual holes and using pieces components, you can go to Blue Sea's website and download the connection drawing for any panel. They are all in pictorial form and very easy to follow.

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http://www.genuinedealz.com/ Great quality products.
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Best to buy a premade panel, or have one made by a panel builder. Even with a router, it is very, very hard to do a good job. Also with a quality panel, they can be made where the large hole is a tight fit, so that you only need one screw per breaker.

For the diagram, just make your own sketches and it will fall together as you work on it. This is easy stuff, you will find out once you are done.
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Putting the switches on the panel is easier if you use carling contura switches and use the modular switch enclosures shown here

http://cmsquick.com/prod_17_S_RocA.html#rocv_mtg

It lets you connect a row of switches in a single cutout opening.

I used 1/2 starboard, made a plywood template and then routed all the openings with a router following the template.

I would suggest pacergroup.net for the switch actuators/covers. cmsquick.com has very helpful technical support.

I think it's cleaner (and more reliable) to put a blue seas fuse block someplace out of the weather, and run power to switches on the panel to reduce the complexity of the panel.

Oh, and add more switches than you think you need. I wish I had added more, now, three years later.

In my panel, the left eight switches and center two control the electronics individually. The eight on the right mostly control lighting: cockpit, bridge, spreaders, etc. The 18 switches in the lower panel were original to the boat and control bilge pumps, blower, horn, nav lights, etc.
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Originally Posted by Buoy Scout View Post
Putting the switches on the panel is easier if you use carling contura switches and use the modular switch enclosures shown here

http://cmsquick.com/prod_17_S_RocA.html#rocv_mtg

It lets you connect a row of switches in a single cutout opening.

I used 1/2 starboard, made a plywood template and then routed all the openings with a router following the template.

I would suggest pacergroup.net for the switch actuators/covers. cmsquick.com has very helpful technical support.

I think it's cleaner (and more reliable) to put a blue seas fuse block someplace out of the weather, and run power to switches on the panel to reduce the complexity of the panel.

Oh, and add more switches than you think you need. I wish I had added more, now, three years later.

In my panel, the left eight switches and center two control the electronics individually. The eight on the right mostly control lighting: cockpit, bridge, spreaders, etc. The 18 switches in the lower panel were original to the boat and control bilge pumps, blower, horn, nav lights, etc.
That looks really good. Well done!

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