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TomNMiami posted 07-23-2003 09:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for TomNMiami   Send Email to TomNMiami  
I plan to replace all the switches on my Whaler with something that will be low maintainance.

These include the light, bildge, and compass switches. I don't like the pull out type much, and would like that all to have the same appearance on the console.

Also, they have to be very resistant to corrosion etc.

Any input?

Also, does anyone know where to buy those fuse folders?


Bigshot posted 07-24-2003 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I did mine with lighted rocker switches. Each one has a picture or words on it depicting its function. Tricky cutting the rectangle holes but they do not have to be perfect and switches just snap in. $5 each at local surplus store.
Gep posted 07-24-2003 12:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I did the same thing as Bigshot only I went with the lighted toggle switches. Mine were $16.00 a piece.
I made my own labels.


Gep posted 07-24-2003 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
Which fuse holders?
dfmcintyre posted 07-24-2003 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Tom -

I replaced the wiring and switches with a circuit breaker panel, on the starboard side of the console. The breaker panel is recessed into a panel that has a hinged clear plastic door, making the installation flush against the console, and weatherproof at the same time.


Bigshot posted 07-24-2003 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Mine are lighted as well.

I do not have curcuit breakers for the lights on the console. There is one in the stern. If not it blows the biggie. If running electronics, etc get a REALLY good switch and breaker or run an inlne fuse.

Gep posted 07-24-2003 03:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I saw you went with lighted. I was just differing on rocker vrs. toggle.
TomNMiami posted 07-24-2003 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for TomNMiami  Send Email to TomNMiami     
Don, do you have any pictures of your installation? It sounds very clean.

Mike, the fuse holders I refer to are the ones that were standard on the boat. They are located beneath the switches themsleves. Seem to be a spring loaded bayonet type deal.

Bigshot & Don, what is the make of your lighted switches?

Thanks to all,

mtbadfish posted 07-24-2003 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for mtbadfish  Send Email to mtbadfish     

I replaced all my switches with twist type lighted switches and redid all the wiring of the accessories. I installed a new fuse box that can also accept small two prong plug-in breakers.

After a discussion here on the forum about the big breakers typically mounted near the stern (mine had been disconnected) I thought for safety sake I'd add one and mounted it to the front door of the panel and a ground buss bar to the bottom of the box. It's all mounted just inside the side door of the console.

I sent you a couple pictures.


triblet posted 07-24-2003 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Bigshot, the circuit breaker isn't there to protect your
bulb, it's there to protect the wiring in case there's
a short circuit. How many amps is the breaker? What's the
smallest wiring in the light circuit? I suspect the breaker
is sized for a fairly heavy wire to the console (Say 12
gauge wire, 45 amp MAX, 20 amps sensible), but the wiring to light is lighter (say 16 gauge wire, 20 amps max, 10 amps


dfmcintyre posted 07-24-2003 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Tom -

It was a Blue Sea breaker panel, and I went with the optional backlighting. Available through West and others.

I'll have to do some checking down at the shop for the catalog that had the recessed panel.



alkar posted 07-24-2003 11:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for alkar  Send Email to alkar     
Tom, I prefer a single switch panel. My panel is water resistant, and the switches are lighted. The panel is available from West in 4 & 6 switch configurations. Labels are included.

If you get a panel with an extra switch or two you'll have room to add accessories as new toys become available/affordable - without having to worry about drilling more holes or trying to match the old switch type.

Steve Leone posted 07-25-2003 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
Cole/Hersey switches.
dgp posted 07-25-2003 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Both of these mfrs have been suppliers to BW; ,

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