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Electrical panel in console
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posted 03-05-2014 01:06 AM ET (US)
I've retrofitted a new console onto my SuperSport17-essentially a Super-Tauk.
I've mounted a BlueSea Switch/Fuse combined panel for 'Unswitched' loads on the exterior of the console below the helm surface.
The remainder of the electrical system is
- a 1-2-combine battery switch
- a 6 circuit fuse box for 'switched' loads
- a Negative Buss
- a Positive Buss
What material is preferred/recommended for mounting the 'remainder' components listed above?
I did a cardboard mock-up and it appears a 14' x16" surface will accommodate the components on the port sidewall of the console. I prefer to use 4 stand-offs at the 4 corners of the mount surface to maintain about 1" separation from the console wall to allow for wire routing from behind if necessary.
posted 03-05-2014 10:37 AM ET (US)
Wood is often a good choice for a surface to mount devices like those described. If varnished, it might add a bit of dress-up to the installation.
A plastic product is also often used as an electrical panel. Since I am a cheapskate, I would go to a big-box store and look for a kitchen carving board of suitable size. I think you may be able to buy some nice ultra-high-molecular-weight (UHMW) plastic in the form of a cutting board for less cost than you can buy a similar material under a trade name like KING StarBoard as a raw material.
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