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jdizzie posted 03-28-2008 07:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for jdizzie   Send Email to jdizzie  
Inside my Boston Whaler REVENGE WT 20, where the stairs slide into that little cabinet, there's a small button, which I'm assuming is some kind of safety reset switch. It does not seem to perform any function at this time. How can I utilize this switch to perform a function? What function did it originally perform?

Thanks for any responses.
Clinton Harbor, CT 2007
Quinnipiac River 2008

-J.

Bulldog posted 03-29-2008 07:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
J. my Revenge 20 W/T doesn't have any switches on either side of the walk through area by the steps. If you are looking for use for the switch location just to use it, wire the cabin lights to it so you can turn on the lights before stumbing into the cabin. Jack
jimh posted 03-29-2008 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The only electrical circuit in the cabin of a Boston Whaler REVENGE is for a bulkhead lamp. There are reading lamps on the bulkhead aft of each berth.
jdizzie posted 03-29-2008 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for jdizzie  Send Email to jdizzie     
Jim and Jack,

I think it's more of a breaker or something ?

I'll post a picture soon.

(Hey jack, those cushions worked out great by the way, thanx again).

Bulldog posted 03-30-2008 06:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Justin, did the snaps on the cushions match up? If so thats great, enjoy!.......Jack
jdizzie posted 03-30-2008 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jdizzie  Send Email to jdizzie     
Here is a picture of the box.

The button on top of the switch box says 50.

Thanks again,

J.

jimh posted 03-30-2008 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The device shown is a 50-A circuit breaker. It should be located close to the battery that it protects, so I would guess that perhaps there was a battery located in the port compartment behind the berth.
jdizzie posted 03-30-2008 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for jdizzie  Send Email to jdizzie     
That's where my batteries are, port and starboard in the compartments, how could I tell if it functions? Thanks again.
jimh posted 03-30-2008 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It is difficult to test a circuit breaker unless you have a source of variable current. To test a 50-Ampere circuit breaker you will need:

--a source of 12-volts that can supply up to 100-Amperes
--a good ammeter of reasonable accuracy
--a load with variable resistance

Insert the ammeter in series with the circuit breaker. Attach the variable load. Increase the current to 50-amperes and verify that the circuit breaker does not trip. Increase the current to 100-amperes and note the amount of time before the circuit breaker trips. Compare your measurement with the rating from the manufacturer for the circuit breaker.

jimh posted 03-30-2008 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
My guess is that a previous owner moved the circuit breaker from its usual position in the stern of the boat. He apparently also moved the batteries from the stern. There is no telling how the boat is now wired. It is often seen that owners make modifications to the 12-volt distribution system on boats.

In the usual OEM configuration on a Boston Whaler REVENGE 20 the battery and the main house circuit breaker were located in the stern, usually on the starboard side of the stern splashwell.

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