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Whaler Electrical Distribution c.1981
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posted 04-13-2006 12:00 PM ET (US)
NOW I'm having fun! I have ordered a Blue Sea 4-rocker-switch panel, [unrecognized] breakers, and a 12-fuse fuse block for my 1981 Outrage 18. I am wondering what the original plunger-style switches were for. None of mine work! I am sure one was for navigation lights and anchor light, the other just pulled out of the console! There is a toggle as well--no idea what that was for. My original bilge pump switch is under the starboard gunwale. I fixed that. Was it not also to be controlled at the helm as well? Re-wiring is always really a joy to figure out what is what. I have not been able to locate a wiring diagram for this boat. It is just time, we all have lots of that! (yea right). Any insight would be great, thanks Rich.
posted 04-13-2006 03:35 PM ET (US)
The switch that pulls out to two settings is the anchor/ running light switch, there is usually an accesory switch that turns off radios and such. Anything is possible on an older boat, I like the push pull switches and have mounted two rows of four in my dash, for various lighting and pumps. The best wiring diagram you will find that is sure to work is tracing the wires out to where they go, better hurry it is getting nice out!.....Jack
posted 04-13-2006 11:43 PM ET (US)
The original electrical distribution in older Boston Whaler boats is described in the owner's manual in the Reference section. See:
Until just recently, Boston Whaler boats left the factory with little installed electronics or electrical accessories. Most electronics and electrical accessories were installed by owners or dealers. There is no way to determine how a particular boat was modified. There are no wiring diagrams available which show particular models and their wiring, as far as I know.
The typical arrangement was to provide three pull-switches mounted on a small panel. The first switch was wired to control navigation lights. The second and third switch were unwired and available for use with dealer or owner installed accessories.
The wiring of the factory automatic sump pump is shown in the Reference section. See:
A sump pump was often an option. See the owner's manual for information on which models included a sump pump:
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