Originally Posted by camaraderie
An added “bonus” of these switches is that when the engine is running and the switch is changed from position 1 to 2, through the off position, the alternator is disconnected from the battery, thereby burning out the diodes in the alternator.[/FONT]
It seems that the builders of the boats and accessories you guys equip yourselves with have great faith in the sailor's native ability to get things right first time.
The designers of the "vintage" ones I have experience with have no such faith: You CAN'T turn my battery switch through "off" to get from 1 to 2. first, it only moves through an arc of about 120 degrees. Second, the order goes "off", "1", "both", "2".
Cockups not an option! Progress eh?!