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mikepte posted 03-16-2011 11:40 AM ET (US)   Profile for mikepte  
I finally am moving the battery in my 1984 Montauk into the console, and figured while I'm at it I'd add a new Blue Sea Systems model 5025 ST* blade fuse block with cover. I've cut a hole in the console floor to allow the battery to sit directly on the deck and ordered new 2-AWG battery cable from Genuinedealz. Has anyone installed and mounted a Blue Seas Model 5025 fuse block without drilling holes in the console? Thanks for your help.
themclos posted 03-16-2011 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for themclos  Send Email to themclos     
I am in the process of rewiring my console and here is the approach I am taking:

I have cut a piece of KING StarBoard, which I plan to mount inside the console. The fusebox, battery switch, and different electrical components will screw into and be mounted on the starboard.

To secure the KING StarBoard to the inside wall of the console, I have cut 2" x 2" blocks of half-inch plywood. The plywood blocks will be epoxied to the inside wall of the console and the starboard will screw into the blocks. This was not my idea. I came up with this plan from reading this forum. Good Luck,


mikepte posted 03-16-2011 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for mikepte    
Thanks Dan.

That's generally the direction I was thinking. I may just skip the starboard and screw the fuse box directly to the plywood.

jimh posted 03-16-2011 05:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
On a small boat there can be a lot of motion in seas. Although epoxy is a very strong adhesive, I think it might be prudent to mechanically fasten the KING StarBoard panel to the laminate of the console. It should only take four fasteners, one at each corner, to hold the new base for your electrical components. On the outside of the console where the fastener heads will be visible you can use flat-head machine screws with a dress washer and a flat washer, or use pan-head machine screws with a flat washer. The appearance of four fasteners on the outside of the console should not be an aesthetic problem.

As for fastening the various electrical components to the KING StarBoard, I am curious what type of screws you plan to use. Are you going to drill and tap the mounting holes in the KING Starboard for machine screws? Or, are you going to use self-tapping screws?

Jefecinco posted 03-16-2011 06:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
A dab of 3M 5200 would probably hold a fuse block to the inside of the console for the life of the boat.


jharrell posted 03-16-2011 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for jharrell    
I am currently in the process of moving my battery to the console in a Montauk along with adding a second house battery and ACR.

I needed a large solid base to mount all the equipment including battery switch, , ground block, acr, and charger. So I opted to epoxy impregnate a piece of 3/4" plywood and mount it to the inside front of the console with 6 stainless wood screws and finish washers from the outside with some 5200 on the threads.

From the outside it looks like they are factory screws, and it seems it will hold well and has plenty of room to mount anything i need.

themclos posted 03-16-2011 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for themclos  Send Email to themclos     

The plan was to drill use machine screws to secure the equipment to the starboard.

There is nothing special about starboard for this application. I could also use plywood that is appropriately sealed.


Bulldog posted 03-19-2011 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Here's an option also. I installed a fuse block on my Newport. I first mounted a Tupperware container then installed the fuse block in it. It protects the block from physical and water, just pop the lid to access the fuses. There are pictures of my Newport's block in my profile, I think........Jack
jimh posted 03-20-2011 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Jack--How did you provide for the wiring bundles to pass through the Tupperware container?
Bulldog posted 03-21-2011 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Jim, I ran the wires through holes in the side facing down of the container, then sealed with silicone. Even if left open water would drain and should not rise up in container because of trapped air. I used regular silicone so it could be removed if needed. I liked it and it should last forever out of the sun. My old Newport ended up somewhere off the west coast of Mexico, I'm sure the fuse block is in excellent shape yet!......jack

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