Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maine Coast
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Re: Alternator Output Wire
While a battery disconnect switch is only an ABYC requirement for batteries with a CCA greater than 800 amps, I strongly suggest NOT bypassing the switch and connecting your battery directly to the starter. A potentially huge safety issue in my opinion.
I suspect he only meant running the alt direct to the batt bank but typed starter... I agree 150% that a starter battery should ALWAYS have a switch. Never understood why less than 800CCA would not burn your boat down or was any safer than 801CCA...? Course I also fuse most starter circuits too especially on small AUX engines.
This happened with FAR LESS than 800CCA and with no fuse and no switch there was no way to stop the electrical fire....
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 09-28-2012 at 10:05 AM.