Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
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Re: overwhelmed w/ electrical
In response to the people that are saying "Throw everything away and start over." It's certainly an option and there is nothing wrong with it, with that said not all of us want to create a showpiece. I myself want to go sailing and do what's needed to make that happen without being trapped at the dock.
When I was redoing my wiring last year I made a diagram first and I identified Mission Critical vs Convenience runs. Navigation lights got the full remove/replace treatment up front, the reading light in the V-berth got checked out with a meter and visual inspect, if it passed I ignored it. I carried on like that until I was satisfied that all the required components were rock solid then I went sailing. If someday I have to leave the berth to finish a critical page in my book I'll address that when it happens.
It depends really. If a handful of items do not work and the wiring is a rats nest it is both better and faster to remove everything and start again. I think jgBrown would agree.
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