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Tom Hemphill posted 04-17-2011 10:53 AM ET (US)   Profile for Tom Hemphill   Send Email to Tom Hemphill  
I have a pre-smirked 16-foot Whaler with a mid-1980s Montauk console. I'm cleaning up the messy wiring and will be installing a new Blue Seas fuse block with negative bus in the console. It's very awkward working inside the console, and I'd like to access the fuses readily. Where should I locate the fuse block?
themclos posted 04-17-2011 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for themclos  Send Email to themclos     
I would place it just inside the port door, mounted to the inside front wall of the console. That is where I am placing mine, along with my BEP Battery Switch.

I agree, it is tight working inside the console.

Dan

jimh posted 04-18-2011 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You should consider mounting the secondary electrical distribution block (or fuse block) on its own insulated sub-panel. Mount this sub-panel to the console using a hinge on one of the vertical edges of the panel. Position the sub-panel so it swings into view and can be easily accessed from the console access opening. The wiring to the electrical distribution should be nicely bundled and arranged with enough slack to permit the movement of the sub-panel without creating any tension or binding in the wiring.
contender posted 04-19-2011 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Jim: I like your idea and I understand your thinking and your reasoning, but do you think it is really advantageous to have more than one connection/fuse block. Making more connections and more wiring creates more problems.
pcrussell50 posted 04-20-2011 02:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for pcrussell50  Send Email to pcrussell50     
quote:
I would place it just inside the port door, mounted to the inside front wall of the console. That is where I am placing mine, along with my BEP Battery Switch.

I agree, it is tight working inside the console.

Dan


That's exactly where the PO put the fuse block on my Alert.

-Peter

jimh posted 04-20-2011 08:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
contender--My recommendation does not include having more than one distribution panel on a small boat. I recommended a mounting location and method of making the panel more accessible.
L H G posted 04-21-2011 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for L H G    
Consider this location. It is immediately adjacent to the elcectrical gauge panel above, and is easy to access and work on once installed.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v429/lgoltz/Outrage%2019/?action=view& current=R1-25.jpg

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