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Good Place for Switch on Open Boat
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posted 10-26-2010 07:52 AM ET (US)
I recently bought a 1978 STANDARD 13. The 1991 Evinrude 30 motor has electric start, so the boat has a battery. The boat was obviously previously a SPORT; you can see where the side console was. The boat has a [a combined sidelight lamp] and [a white all-round lamp]. The wiring block for them is on the starboard side in the stern. Since this boat is now a STANDARD [that is, an open boat or skiff] and no long has the console, where is a good out-of-the-way place to put a three-position switch [to control the navigation lamps]? Can someone recommend a specific switch that could be located out of the way, and would be unobtrusive?
posted 10-26-2010 10:50 AM ET (US)
[Changed TOPIC to discuss modification to the boat and engine.]
Switch for nav lights is located on console, pull switch (probably not correct name). My 13 has two - one for the lights, including compass and one for bilge pump or whatever you hook up to it.
You can get a console from Nautical Marine Mike - I'd suggest a big higher unless you want it original.
posted 10-26-2010 12:27 PM ET (US)
[Commented about modification to the boat. Please jump to REPAIRS/MODS to discuss boat modifications. Thank you. --jimh]
posted 10-27-2010 06:35 PM ET (US)
I understand your appreciation of the tiller setup. Would it make sense to mount the switch to the battery box in some way?
posted 10-27-2010 09:49 PM ET (US)
How often to you plan to be at anchor during darkness? Most 13-foot boats do not spend a lot of time anchored in darkness in non-anchorage areas.
I would revert control of the navigation lamps to a simple ON-OFF control. This could take the form of just an in-line connector that you plug-in to turn on the lights. You could also use a switch wired in-line from the battery feed to control.
Also see the FAQ on this topic for a pointer to a switch and wiring details if you want a more elaborate circuit and a brass OEM-style switch:
posted 10-28-2010 11:59 AM ET (US)
If the battery is reasonably accessible (since there's no console, I assume it is) I'd mount the switch on the battery box. You won't be needing to reach it much, so I don't think this'd be a real inconvience.
I originally mounted my master battery switch on the box itself, which was very handy (until I moved the battery under a console - then I moved the master switch to under the console itself).
Then again, if you're pulling power off the wiring harness of the motor - and not directly from the battery - then perhaps a switch mounted on a wooden block, somewhere along the wiring run from the motor, fastened to the inside of the gunwale would work better.
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