Originally Posted by LifeWorthLivin
I would like to move them to the switch panel in the cockpit, but don't want to introduce any longer cable runs than already exist. So, I thought about wiring them up to a relay
I'm missing something here.
I assume that you're talking about locating a relay around where the old switch was and then running a new wire to the new switch so that you can activate the relay?
With the loads that your nav lights are going to draw you really don't have to run any heavy duty wiring. The same wiring you would use to connect the relay to the switch will run your lights.
The only time one could logically justify a relay is when the draw is heavy and the wire to a switch would need to be large.Then it makes sense to run a light wire to a switch and use the relay to make the connection closer to the appliance. But nav lights? Not necessary.
I would simply run new wires to the new switch and join them into the circuit at the old switch.