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hoppyray posted 10-14-2007 10:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for hoppyray   Send Email to hoppyray  
I wish I had that much space to mount things [as in the boat shown in a video presentation by Tom, bluewaterpirate]! I have a Grady 228G and batteries, switch, pumps, oil reservor, fuel switch, and now adding a charger to this small area under the rear seats. I am going to install a Guest 2620A charger but I am not sure which VSR/ACR, switches, circuit breaker, etc. I also will be changing the old fuse block to the Blue Sea Fuse block [Tom] used and maybe the 6-circuit one in my electronics box to replace the one up there.

How much trouble would it be to mount the switches and charger in my cuddy where there is more room and less water?

I know I would have to run bigger wire from the batteries but will I have other problems? Currently the system is hosed up as the electronics and starter work on either battery switch position. Maybe a bad switch or maybe wired incorrectly. I need to [identify] all the circuits and tag them, then wire it correctly once I figure out what I need to do. I think all of these products from Blue Sea and BEP are quality. I want to make this as simple as possible once it is installed. Troubleshooting when you dead on the water 50 miles out is a lot easier when it is not complicated.(knock on wood this won't happen)
Thanks for any input you might share.

Ray

jimh posted 10-15-2007 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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hoppyray posted 10-15-2007 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for hoppyray  Send Email to hoppyray     
I guess I should state...oops?!?
bluewaterpirate posted 10-16-2007 08:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
What is the current location of your batteries?
hoppyray posted 10-16-2007 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for hoppyray  Send Email to hoppyray     
They are located at the transom under the seat on either side.
Tight quarters along with the washdown pump, oil reservor, fuel tank valve,etc...
jimh posted 10-16-2007 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If you keep the batteries in the stern, then you will want to keep the primary battery distribution wiring and switches in the stern. You can easily move the secondary distribution forward to the helm area. Just use a circuit breaker near the battery to protect the wiring from the stern to the helm. And, of course, you will have to re-wire all of the loads to the helm from the stern, but this should not be too much of a chore. A lot of the loads are probably in the region of the helm, anyway.

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