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BJ posted 06-24-2002 02:08 AM ET (US)   Profile for BJ   Send Email to BJ  
89 18' OR

Inside the console there is a red lead attached to a reset button, forward and up high. Does it go to the + or - terminal.

The "red" indicates + but the lead appears to be a ground so would that not go to the - terminal?

Regards, BJ

JBCornwell posted 06-24-2002 08:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, BJ.

Is any of your electrical system misbehaving?

Is the button labeled "reset"?

How did you come to find this wire and what is the history of the boat?

Do not connect the wire to anything until you know what it does and where it is supposed to connect. A mistake here can cause a fire.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

BJ posted 06-24-2002 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for BJ  Send Email to BJ     

I've owned the boat for ten years. The battery was stolen this winter and the thieves made a mess. I had everything else labeled except this wire. The box box which the wire connects too has a black spring loaded button on top which I refered to as the reset button. I believe the this lead is actually connected to the forward cc grap rail and acts as a "lightning rod". All other electrical is working fine without this lead connected.

The end of the lead will not fit over the positive terminal and does fit over the negative. Do all batteries have a fatter positive post?

The facts:
"lightning rod" lead should ground to the negative post.
The lead will only fit over the negative post.
The kicker is - The lead is "red"???

Regards, BJ

Jerry Townsend posted 06-24-2002 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
BJ - Yes, the positive post on all batteries is larger diameter than the negative.

As you point out, the kicker is the cable is red, yet it will only fit over the negative battery post.

Check to see if all circuits are working. Check with the dealer/manufacturer and get, if possible, a detailed wiring diagram. Use a meter and check for continuity and then resistance between the cable terminal and the positive and negative terminals on the battery. Resistance would of course indicate that there is one or more circuits connected to that cable.

What boat are you working with? What electrical circuits/equipment do you have? ----- Jerry/Idaho

BJ posted 06-24-2002 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for BJ  Send Email to BJ     

The boat is a 1989 18' OR. Besides the regular curcuits, I'm only running a GPS and VHF.


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