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RocketMan posted 03-28-2015 07:44 PM ET (US)   Profile for RocketMan   Send Email to RocketMan  
I'm refurbishing an older Boston Whaler 16-foot boat. I've not quite worked out the wiring plan and am pretty much starting from scratch. Does anybody have a plan [that works]?
Freddy posted 03-29-2015 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Freddy  Send Email to Freddy     
Maybe you could get a head start on your wiring project by reading question #4 here.
Freddy posted 03-29-2015 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Freddy  Send Email to Freddy     
Here are some other links that should help you.

jimh posted 03-29-2015 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You may also find some information that might be useful for wiring the electrical system of a small boat in these articles:


In that second article, I describe how I refurbished my own boat.

In a 16-foot open boat, probably the greatest concern for the electrical wiring and the electrical power distribution system is to keep it out of the weather.

jimh posted 04-13-2015 01:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has plenty of recommendations for small boat electrical installations, and some of them are available on-line. See

crbenny posted 04-23-2015 04:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for crbenny  Send Email to crbenny     
Steve--I re-wired my 1968 Nauset from scratch, including a separate battery for the house with a [unclear, perhaps means automatic combiner relay or voltage sensitive relay], a mahogany power distribution panel, a complete sound system with LED key panel--the whole deal. Came out good. I'll be back home in Wellington in 10 days or so. Swing by and we can discuss.--Chris
crbenny posted 05-02-2015 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for crbenny  Send Email to crbenny     
It was only unclear to you, Jim. [Explains what he meant by the four letter acronym. This is unnecessary, as Chris later explains, because he says everyone but me knew the meaning--jimh] If you don't understand something you may want to leave it as I wrote it as there are countless people out there that know what it is.


RocketMan posted 05-02-2015 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for RocketMan  Send Email to RocketMan     
Chris, thanks, let me know when you are in. I am interested in swinging by since if a picture is worth a thousand words then seeing is believing. Nautical Lumber is supposed to ship the console this week so the timing would be good for this next weekend.
RocketMan posted 05-02-2015 07:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for RocketMan  Send Email to RocketMan     
Thanks, too, Jim for the links (and of course the whole darn website, it's been a real help to me).
jimh posted 05-05-2015 08:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
CHRIS--If you wanted readers to know you had installed a MARINCO BEP-brand automatic combiner relay model 710-140A, you might consider just spelling that out for us. That gives readers a lot more information than your obscure four-letter acronym, which is mostly unheard of by anyone other than you and a marketing guy at MARINCO who probably made it up last month. The notion that there is something digital about the device is completely obscure; even the owner's manual fails to explain anything about its digital implementation. A generic description for it: an automatic combiner relay or a voltage sensitive relay, which are precisely the terms I used in place of the obscure acronym.

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