Q's on my Monty 17 Electrical System - 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 12-10-2011
Perithead's Avatar
Montgomery 17
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: S/E Alabama
Posts: 384
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 8
Perithead is on a distinguished road
Red face Q's on my Monty 17 Electrical System

I just spent a little time tracing all the wires in my little Montgomery 17. I am the new owner of the boat so I am expecting the wiring system and drawing a wiring diagram up for myself for reference and to keep onboard.

My electrical requirements are pretty simple, I accurately estimate that while I am out cruising I would not be using more than 12 AH a day.

After tracing every wire and drawing up my diagram I found a few things that I was concerned about.

1- All of the ground wires are grounded on one of the bolts that hold my switch panel to the bulkhead. They are getting a good ground because all of my electrics are working fine. Something makes me think that there is a better way to do this, like having a dedicated "ground" bus bar to ground everything too. I think it would be easier to troubleshoot my an electrical failure if every ground wasn't grounded on the same bolt.

What is the best way to do this? Get myself a bus bar and ground it to the (-) terminal on my battery and run all my ground to it then?

Here you can see the bolt that everything is grounded to in the center of the photo.



-2 My next question is regarding my 12v battery tester, it's the needle kind, not digital.

It has two wires, a + and a - running from it to the battery with a inline fuse on the + wire. Then it has a tiny wire running from the tester to a + terminal on my switch panel. It also has a seperate tiny wire coming out of it that is terminated and not hooked to anything. What is the purpose of these two tiny wires?

Thank you all for you time and comments.
__________________
Small is beautiful, simple, cheap, and easy......

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Sailing Videos, Woodworking Videos and More!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 12-10-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2,364
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Rockter will become famous soon enough
Yes, you could run it to the battery -ve.

That would work.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




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
Help With New Electrical System Oldsoul Electrical Systems 44 02-03-2012 10:09 AM
EU - US electrical system conversion Hardysea General Discussion (sailing related) 1 09-13-2011 02:38 PM
3 wire electrical system? Islander30Bahama Electrical Systems 2 02-17-2009 11:28 AM
Electrical System Trouble RogerHardman Gear & Maintenance 0 05-28-2006 07:33 PM
Troubleshooting Your Electrical System Tom Wood Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 06-23-2003 08:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:11 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, 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.