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PeteB88 posted 06-07-2006 10:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for PeteB88   Send Email to PeteB88  
I read the reference section;

and am still seeking advice/wisdom on installing a battery switch on my late 70s 13. I am interested in where is best location for such a switch. As it stands the motor is direct wireded to the battery, there is a positive and negative lead off the engine to an exposed terminal block on the starboard, stern gunwhale (just below, inboard) which feed the console switches for lights and bilge pump. The pump has a float. The fish finder is also in this circuit - wires come off a terminal block mounted on the inside of the console.

Since there is no big console, the original interior configuration is intact w/ small wood console, AND I expect we will get the boat real wet they way I plan to use it I need some advice.

I am not sure if here is any recommended wiring diagram but anything you could share would be appreciated.

jflots posted 06-08-2006 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for jflots  Send Email to jflots     
Hey Pete.

Trying to picture your setup and thinking maybe you could replace your positive terminal block with the battery switch, and run your console switch circuits directly off of it.

I can't remember who, but someone makes a fairly small one that's about 2.5" square. Wires can be fed in the bottom so it will shed water. Also the actuator is removable for security.

If you want it hidden or more protected maybe mount it under the seat...maybe mount it to the underside of the seat.

just thoughts.

PeteB88 posted 06-08-2006 01:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I am not sure if it needs to be mounted high or what happens if the switch gets wet - like real wet if I take on a big wave and need the bilge. Research continues


jflots posted 06-08-2006 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for jflots  Send Email to jflots     
Where is your battery mounted?
PeteB88 posted 06-08-2006 04:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Strapped in amidships, right behind the rear seat.
andygere posted 06-08-2006 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
BEP Marine makes some very nice compact battery switches. Boater's world has started to carry them, or you can call BEP and order direct.

jflots posted 06-09-2006 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jflots  Send Email to jflots     
BEP is the one I was thinking of, I just found the sample. It is a nice part.

With your battery on center you could run cables/wires under the seat to the stbd side then aft to the engine and forward to the console/switches. The battery switch could be mounted under the seat or to the under-side of the seat at that point. You could mount it under or in the console but it would take more cable to reach it.

Otherwise I would move your terminal block to the console where it's close to switchs, more protected and out of sight.

good luck

PeteB88 posted 06-09-2006 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Great idea, under the seat - on the list and thanks!!! I have been worried that it needs to be mounted high as possible to stay dry.

I think that terminal block is for power to console and to stern light. I was thinking of gunking it up with liquid electrical tape but and going to do it to a similar component not installed on the boat for a trial.

thanks again

PeteB88 posted 06-10-2006 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I think I'm going to mount it on the battery box. Why not?
where2 posted 06-14-2006 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
I'd be buying a Group 27 Battery box and installing the switch in the side of the box, with a Starboard spacer to take up the extra space in the box. Seems to me either BEP or Blue Sea Systems makes a small switch which can be front or back mounted in a panel.

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