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Sealed Switch for Bilge Blower?

I'm rewiring a friends boat (hopefully, she'll still be a friend when I'm done)

She has accepted my suggestion to install a bilge blower (boat is from 1959) but I'm not sure about the switch. I see a label for 'blower' with the DC panel kits, so some of them must be run from there; but I have this idea that the blower switch should be sealed and operated from the cockpit.

There are covers for the engine, but you can't really say that it is in a compartment separate from the cabin (where the power panel will be). Seems to me that a normal switch could lead to sparking and a prolonged ringing in the ears. It might also leave her unpopular with what is left of the marina.

My plan is to have an 'always on' fuse that feeds a sealed switch that is on the cockpit engine panel.

Is that overkill?

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Re: Sealed Switch for Bilge Blower?

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I'm rewiring a friends boat (hopefully, she'll still be a friend when I'm done)

She has accepted my suggestion to install a bilge blower (boat is from 1959) but I'm not sure about the switch. I see a label for 'blower' with the DC panel kits, so some of them must be run from there; but I have this idea that the blower switch should be sealed and operated from the cockpit.

There are covers for the engine, but you can't really say that it is in a compartment separate from the cabin (where the power panel will be). Seems to me that a normal switch could lead to sparking and a prolonged ringing in the ears. It might also leave her unpopular with what is left of the marina.

My plan is to have an 'always on' fuse that feeds a sealed switch that is on the cockpit engine panel.

Is that overkill?

Ken
I installed a separate bilge blower toggle switch on our engine panel that has worked without any difficulties for the last 10 years. Google or Bing "Waterproof Toggle Switch", there are any number to choose from.
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Re: Sealed Switch for Bilge Blower?

On my Catalina it is an unsealed pull switch, and starting to fail. I will be using that sealed switch in the near future, does not seem like overkill at all.
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