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binford posted 06-24-2007 04:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for binford   Send Email to binford  
I need some direction on replacing the console switch for my lights. It is my intention to replace my navigation light switch with a new Cole Hersee M-532BP. I have a "T" top on my boat and want to put the masthead light on the top, rather than in the middle of my console. I initially thought that I could wire the new switch as a simple transposition from the existing one (which is probably original)...But it seems that the labeling is different on the new switch. Can anyone help me pin the tail on the donkey with my different leads?


Green lead labeled A to a terminal
Gray twin lead and blue lead to a terminal
Red lead from fuse to one terminal
Yellow lead to one terminal
None of the terminals on the old switch are labeled

Terminals labeled

Thanks for any help anyone can offer.

Over the LINE posted 06-24-2007 05:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Over the LINE  Send Email to Over the LINE     
Try Cole Hersee customer service. They sent me a diagram of what each letter corresponded to after an e-mail request. I can not find it or I would pass it on myself.
Tom W Clark posted 06-24-2007 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark
jimh posted 06-25-2007 09:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Did the manufacturer of the switch provide a diagram showing how the switch configuration corresponded to the terminal labels? The scheme used seems rather odd, and it is impossible to deduce the arrangement without seeing the switch, a diagram, or checking the action with a tester.
Over the LINE posted 06-25-2007 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Over the LINE  Send Email to Over the LINE     
My request to Cole Hersee was due to the lack of information on a new switch. Unless things have changed in the last six months, "binford" got no schematic on the package.
jimh posted 06-25-2007 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If anyone has this information about how the manufacturer has labeled their switch terminals, please sent it to me and I will be glad to append it to the article on using the switch. The action of the switch ought to be fairly simple to deduce with an ohmmeter.
binford posted 06-26-2007 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for binford  Send Email to binford     

One & All,

Thanks for all the input... No I did not receive anything identifying the terminal nomenclature in the packaging of the switch and was unable to find information on the Cole Hersee website. I am going to replicate the connections from my old switch to the new one by using my test meter (I'm not sure why I didn't think of this earlier).. I want everyone to know that I am very appreciative of the continious wave information that is available for Whalers. It has been very helpful on numerous occasions to me. I have had a 17 Outrage for 10 years, then purchased my current '89 18 Outrage a few years ago.
I love it!

siyc126 posted 04-25-2010 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for siyc126  Send Email to siyc126     
Do theses switches fail often? I find that I have to jiggle the switch to get both mast head lamps to lite on my 1989 Outrage 18. and the front lamp does not lite when the switch is in the Navigation "2nd" position. Ground looks good and I replaced the Butt connectors? Anyone else had this happen?
jimh posted 04-26-2010 01:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In terms of switch contacts and environmental protection, these Cole Hersee switches are from the stone age. However, they are inexpensive and work for 30 years. Shoot some WD-40 into the switch to clean the contacts, or buy a new one for $15.
siyc126 posted 04-26-2010 06:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for siyc126  Send Email to siyc126     
I'll give it a Shot... thanks
Chuck Tribolet posted 04-26-2010 08:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
I'd be looking for a bad connection at the switch rather
than a bad switch. But they do fail.
jimh posted 04-26-2010 09:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
My offer to publish information about the markings on the Cole-Hersee switch still stands. I just need either the information or the switch itself.

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