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Lou posted 09-18-2003 11:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for Lou   Send Email to Lou  
this seems like a simple question, but I'm in the process of refurbishing an 82 18'6 and had a question about mounting. I have placed new fuel lines/filler hoses, etc. and am not sure best place to mount fuel/water separator. Also, battery control switch. It had a circuit breaker box just above bilge on bulkhead forward of the splash well. First time it took on water the circuits/wiring were damaged.

I would like to mount both of these well above anything near deck to keep both dry if boat takes a wave. Any help is appreciated.

jstachowiak posted 09-19-2003 11:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
Most I've seen are mounted on the rear outside of splashwell.
jimh posted 09-19-2003 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have seen a few installations where the fuel/water separator filter is mounted rather low in the cockpit or the transom splash well, but I think that these are places where one is asking for trouble. I would recommend mounting the fuel/water separator to the cockpit bulkhead, typically on the starboard side as that is where the fuel lines normally exit from the tank. I would mount the filter at least as high as necessary above the cockpit deck so that changing the filter element is easily done without interference from the deck below. Add a few inches for clearance.

The electrical circuit breaker should also be mounted in a similar location, as high as possible. I have moved mine so that the actuator portion of the circuit breaker is underneath the gunwales. You have to reach up and actuate it by feel; it cannot be easily seen. This should keep it out of the way of most water coming aboard, either by waves, rain, or spray.

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