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surfkast posted 11-13-2005 02:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for surfkast  
Hi eveyrone, I've had my 2006 Montauk 170 for a few months now and am having a blast fishing, hooping, and cruising off of San Diego. I really enjoy the boat. Now, it's time to add the fun accessories and I have a few questions for you that have done it yourselves or are more electrically knowledgeable. I am installing the following:

Kodiak 14 bait tank - 360 gph rule
Garmin 198C GPS/FF combo
Icom 302 with Shakespeare 5225 8' antenna.

I opened up the switch panel to take a look and it's a little different than the wiring diagram. The "ACC" circuit breaker is rated at 10 amps (5 on the diagram) and the "Stereo" circuit breaker is rated at 15 amps ( 5 on the diagram) and is already pre-wired with red/black and speaker wire. Also, the black return does not go from the 12v lighter back to the negative bus as the diagram says, it looks like it goes back from the running lights switch.

Here's what I was thinking, but let me know if you think I am totallly off track.

Install the bait tank off of the "ACC" switch with positive to the switch and the black going back to the negative bus. (I'd have to piggy back as all the screws are taken)

Install the GPS/FF to the prewired red/black pair hanging off the "ACC" switch.

Install VHF- Now should the VHF go straight to the battery as it has its own fuse, or would it be bad to put it on the "Stereo" switch as well so I can turn everything off at once? I think the 15 amps can handle the GPS and VHF, but what about electrical interference?

Thanks in advance for any input, I would definitely take my time and use good Ancor connectors and heat shrink.

PS-here's a tip if you are shopping electronics, take a printout from the internet to West Marine and they will price match--I saved a bunch on the Garmin.

Chuck Tribolet posted 11-13-2005 11:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I'd put the electronics on the Acc switch and the bait
tank on the Stereo switch, and relabel the Stereo switch.
Only because Acc is the traditional place to put electronics.

(You don't have a stereo, do you?)

Your electronics will pull about 6.5 amps, and that only
when transmitting at 25W. More like .5 amp or less the
rest of the time.


surfkast posted 11-14-2005 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for surfkast    
Thanks for the reply. No stero yet, I am trying to keep it simple right now. I wired in the bait tank last night to the switch. It really wasn't hard pulling the wires through the rigging tube. I used ancor crimp connectors and shrink wrap and was surprised how easy it was. Now, I need a good waterproof discconect to easily remove the tank.

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