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Removing a birds nest behind the panel!
The mess behind the panel in my Yankee has always bothered me.
Because Yankees are narrow, space it tight. This is really evident in the small space behind the switch panel, where they crammed the wiring for the switch, a neg. bus and PO's supplied power to wires that were not switched and had inline fuses (taking up more space!). There really is no other place for the panel on the boat. However, there is hardly space to work on, much less organize anything behind it.
I plan to:
1. Move the Neg. bus into a space about 4 feet below the switch, under a set of drawers. If necessary the frame for the drawers is easily removed for access. However I could work on the wires with only the drawers removed.
2. Move a fused barrier strip into the same space, for the hots that are not fused at the panel.
The only wires remaining behind the panel will be the hot that supplies the panel and the 8 wires that leave it.
3. When I get that sorted, I'll buy a new panel.
Here are pictures of the panel, the evil that lurks behind it and the space where I will install the new bus and barrier strip. I'm pointing at the space and a bus in a box (laying on the bottom of the boat) I temporarily put there. Wanted to make sure I could route the wires there and wasn't missing something. I'll install them on the wall to the left (behind the frame) and tidy up the wires. It's a simple project that should clean things up considerably.
Wonder why no one else thought of this?
Last edited by L124C; 05-17-2014 at 05:46 PM.