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15to17 posted 06-04-2002 12:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for 15to17   Send Email to 15to17  
I've got an '86 Montauk, and I'm not what you would call "electrically inclined", but I've been curious about something for quite some time. My boat has a fuse/switch box on the aft port side (just under the gunwale, covered by a plastic housing held in place by a screw at each corner) of my boat that contains some electrical connection.

Can anyone enlighten we as to what this is and how it functions? why there is a switch [sticking outside the box covering the connection(s)] on it, and how does it differ from the fuse block/switches under the center console?

Thanks for helping me with my ignorance.

Whalerdan posted 06-04-2002 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
It is a termination strip that ties the wires for the all around light to the pig tail for the light. Take the cover off and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Whalerdan posted 06-04-2002 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
I just looked at your profile and see you're from Mt. Pleasant too. I have an 85 Montauk, I think that box is something our local dealer installed and not from the factory.
ChrisCT posted 06-04-2002 02:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for ChrisCT  Send Email to ChrisCT     
Hehe - I learn something every day about what my Montauk is missing. I have an exposed elec post there (no cover). Been looking for a cover for about 2 months since I am in a slip and that elec box is subject to salt water spray.
jimp posted 06-04-2002 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
15to17 -

Haven't had my '82 Montauk for a few years. But the box I had on the aft port side below the gunwale held the electrical guts for the engine tilt/trim. My box top was held by only 2 screws about the middle of the box. Not sure what the switch is on yours. Take the cover off & look. Have something to seal it back up with though.


Tom W Clark posted 06-04-2002 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
The box that 15to17 describes is a circuit breaker, not a fuse. It protects the wiring run from the battery to the console. It is in addition to fuses in the console. They did not start installing them in the Montauk until the mid 1980's.

What appears to be a switch is in fact the reset button of the circuit breaker.

Dick posted 06-04-2002 10:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
When I left the Sea Ray/Whaler dealer here I had a bunch of the circuit breaker boxes in stock.
Use the Redmond location
Whalerdan posted 06-05-2002 07:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     

Hate to disagree with you, but at least on my boat, it's is exactly what I told 15to17 in my earlier post.

On my boat the cover is 1x2.5x3 inches and brown. Inside is a couple of electrical lugs which take the wires running from the light switch in the console and connect to a pig tail that connects to the all around light. There are NO fuses in there.

Maybe the dealer put it together wrong, but I'm positive that's the way it's wired.

kingfish posted 06-05-2002 07:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
In my '84 and '85 Montauks, there was an uncovered termination bar, without fuse or breaker, similar or identical to Whalerdan's description. They may have had covers earlier in their respective lives, but when I got them they were open to the elements - didn't seem to be an issue though...


Tom W Clark posted 06-05-2002 09:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

We are not disagreeing, we are talking about two different things. You describe the terminal block for the navigation lights and I describe the circuit breaker for the main battery power harness leading to the console. What 15to17 is describing is for him to figure out based on these descriptions.

The circuit breaker which first appeared on the Montauk in 1986 or 1987, I believe, has a beige or tan plastic cover with either a switch or push button on the top of it that is the reset for the circuit breaker inside. There are NO fuses inside this box.

Earlier Montauk did not have this circuit breaker. The main power harness went directly from the battery to the fuse block in the console.

The terminal block is the junction between the wiring from the navigation light switch on the console and the bow light wiring which runs down the gunwale in the rub rail insert and is drilled through the hull to the terminal block, and the pigtail for the stern light stanchion nearby. I have only ever seen this terminal block uncovered, though Whaler may have added a cover in later years or perhaps, as you note, your dealer could have added the cover to the terminal block.

Dick posted 06-05-2002 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
my 1985 parts book shows that terminal block on several of the 15 and 17 foot models.
The old part numbers are:
12008500 terminal block
12557300 cover
I have no idea if they are still available.

I suspect that the reason for seeing lots of uncovered terminal blocks is that the covers were broken off and not replaced.

fly by night posted 06-06-2002 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for fly by night  Send Email to fly by night     
I have a 1985 Montauk and my boat has a (kinda ugly) brown cover on the port side that covers a terminal strip for the bow and stern lights. I replaced the terminal strip when I rewired my bow light because it was corroded and I had a heck of a time finding a term strip that would fit under the stock ugly brown cover. You guys are lucky to live in Charleston. Beautiful place...I hope to retire there with my Montauk.
Landlocked posted 06-06-2002 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
I have the terminal block as well. Didn't know I was missing a cover. All its for on mine is the stern/anchor light.


jojoscoot posted 06-12-2002 01:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for jojoscoot  Send Email to jojoscoot     
I have an 85' montauk with the same box. The switch located on my box must be in the on position in order for me to turn on my running lights

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