How to wire this switch panel - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance > Electrical Systems
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 05-31-2010
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 15
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
99miles is on a distinguished road
How to wire this switch panel

I'm trying to wire up this old switch panel, but it looks different than the diagrams in Casey's book as far as I can tell.
This is a poor photo, but the left side has the positive going out to say, a light.
Are the right two terminals for positive and negative to the battery, respectively?
I was thinking I'd just have to send one positive and one negative wire to it, but maybe that's not the case. I'm also a little confused b/c this is a very old panel and has been used before, but the right terminals look like they'd require a soldered connection, but I see no signs of previous soldering on there.

Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 05-31-2010
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 1,809
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 10
btrayfors will become famous soon enough btrayfors will become famous soon enough
Quote:
Originally Posted by 99miles View Post
I'm trying to wire up this old switch panel, but it looks different than the diagrams in Casey's book as far as I can tell.
This is a poor photo, but the left side has the positive going out to say, a light.
Are the right two terminals for positive and negative to the battery, respectively?
I was thinking I'd just have to send one positive and one negative wire to it, but maybe that's not the case. I'm also a little confused b/c this is a very old panel and has been used before, but the right terminals look like they'd require a soldered connection, but I see no signs of previous soldering on there.


Don't bother. Sooner or later, it will only bring you grief.

Do yourself and your Cal 24-2 a favor and spring for a new panel, like this one: Blue Sea Systems #1459 Panel 360 DC 4 POS Switch CLB + V M V

While you're at it, revisit Casey or, maybe, Charlie Wing's excellent book:
Amazon.com: Boatowner's Illustrated Electrical Handbook (9780071446440): Charlie Wing: Books

The $23 will be the best you ever spend on your boat :-)

Bill
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 05-31-2010
kd3pc's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Callao, VA
Posts: 1,333
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 8
kd3pc is on a distinguished road
2nd vote for a new panel, and get some duplex marine cable while you are at it....

Casey's book is excellent. As is Charlie's.

Will be more reliable and much safer than "fixing" this one.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 05-31-2010
mitiempo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
Posts: 7,071
Thanks: 0
Thanked 68 Times in 59 Posts
Rep Power: 7
mitiempo will become famous soon enough mitiempo will become famous soon enough
I agree, get the new panel.
On the pic the fuse is on the left and the wire goes from the fuse to the left side of the switch. Note the left side of the switch has the same 2 connections and how the wires are attached. The right side of the switch is for the positive output to the load (gps, light, etc).
Lots of panels do not have a place for the grounds and it isn't necessary anyway as you're only switching the positive. Blue Seas 360 panels do not have ground connections as one example. They usa a separate connecting point, usually a small bus or terminal block.
__________________
Brian
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 05-31-2010
mitiempo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
Posts: 7,071
Thanks: 0
Thanked 68 Times in 59 Posts
Rep Power: 7
mitiempo will become famous soon enough mitiempo will become famous soon enough
The panel that Bill linked to is a 360 series panel and as I posted the grounds go to a separate bus. The only reason there is a ground on the panel at all is for the led indicator lights. From the manual for the Blue Seas panel:
Attached Thumbnails
How to wire this switch panel-1.jpg  
__________________
Brian
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 06-01-2010
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 15
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
99miles is on a distinguished road
Thanks everyone. I did get it working today, but I think I'll take your advice and upgrade the panel and wiring.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Locating the master battery switch / DC Panel - Wire cost jarcher Gear & Maintenance 13 04-20-2010 12:06 PM
Keeping Wiring Woes at Bay Chris Brignoli Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 01-26-2004 07:00 PM
Choosing and Installing Solar Panels Sue & Larry Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 11-06-2000 07:00 PM
Electrical Work Rules Don Casey Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 07-16-2000 08:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:49 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.