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msarafin posted 11-25-2005 08:20 PM ET (US)   Profile for msarafin  
I would very much like to update the electrical system on my 1981 Montauk 17. This would involve a second battery, a battery switch, new switches for navigation lamps, and a fuse panel. I plan on adding a stereo and a GPS/plotter. If anyone has done this much electrical work to a similar boat, any advice you could spare would be extremely helpful, and greatly appreciated.


jimh posted 11-26-2005 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Good sources of information:

--the current Boston Whaler MONTAUK model. Visit your dealer and review the electrical installation on the new Montauk models. It will provide a good example.

--the catalogues of vendors, like Blue Seas. Get a comprehensive printed catalogue from Blue Seas or West Marine. It will have a wealth of information.

--a good book on this topic.

If starting from scratch, I would use the BEP three-switch primary battery system with voltage sensitive relay. I'd get one marine starting battery and one marine deep-cycle or dual purpose battery. I'd use Blue Seas devices for the switches and distribution blocks, and ANCOR wiring.

There is no limit to how much money you can spend on something like this. To really install a gold-plated electrical system it will be quite an investment.

If you are familiar with electronics and electrical installations, the wiring on a boat is about as simple as it gets. If you are not familiar with electronics and electrical installations, you need to get a good book and study the topic in depth.

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