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post #17 of Old 07-20-2012
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Re: Custom Electronic Design

I have an interest in learning electrical and electronics, and an old sailboat I am trying to upgrade -- my passion. BTW phone support from Blue Sea is appalling; I got a lecture on "not starting boat fires from DIY efforts" instead of help. I asked them what I buy to split a 12volt circuit pair into 2 circuits (stern/bow nav lights) -- see I have no low-level experience, nowhere to learn it! I learn "higher level" from books/online/etc, so I can now design and draw circuits, program Arduino, and all sorts of fun stuff... but can someone tell me how to learn this lower-level parts-and-wires hands-on Marine DC so I'll know what parts to purchase and how to connect 'em?
I'll split off a set of 24-hour circuits for various purchased and home-grown alarms, that could be lots of fun. First I need to remove old unused wires and replace old "spade paddlewheel" terminal blocks.... remove a stack of connectors on the power post. How do I get the education for this?
I'm in Washington but not in Seattle. Where's "Marine MAKER of B'ham" club?
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