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1 all 2 switch gone bad?

Yesterday I went to the boat to check the bilge for ice which I had but that is aother story. Anyhow I bought a 28 foot San Juan that only had 1 battery. The PO said to set the switch to both when starting. At the end of the summar I had added a 2nd battery but it would not start in the 1 position. So yesterday I took my volt meter and did a continuity test between each battery connectors and the "load" connector. The rests are below

position battery 1 battery 2
1 no no
all yes yes
2 no yes


If battery connector works for "all" I do not understand why it will not work for the "1" position. I guess it is time to replace the switch.
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The following link may give you a better understanding of the battery switch and how it could be bad. it does sound like you have a bad switch contact.

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Check the back of the switch and see if the original battery is connectecd to the "common" and the load connected to the "2 Battery" or something like that.
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