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New electrical panel

I want to redo a large portion of the electrical systems on my boat this winter. One thing I'd like to do is get a new panel. The old one ('83 vintage) has a very archaic light system where the hot wire is soldered to the end of the bulb which is pushed into a copper tube that is ground.

Anyone have recommendations for manufacturers of electrical panels?

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Blue Sea Systems makes great panels. If you check their website you can probably find one of or a combination of their pre-assembled panels that will suit your needs. Blue Sea and several other companies (Newmar, Bass Products, Paneltronics come to mind) also custom make panels but this is a very expensive way to go.
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Seaward also makes nice panels.
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+1 for Blue Seas panels A-Series Toggle Branch Circuit Breaker Panels - Blue Sea Systems
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+1 for Blue Sea panels. I rewired my boat 3 years ago with one and am very happy with it. Solid product at a good price. Shop around and you can find sources that are about 60% of list price.
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Saillife ...

Changing out panels on both the Cal 28 and the Ranger 23 ... if anything I am too analytical ... and have read far too much about panels and manufacturers ... what I can add is that Blue Sea has an excellent reputation ...

My advice (as you have time before you need to buy) is to review their product offerings ... select panel(s) you are interested in ... and price shop from now until it's time to do your change ... ready to pull the trigger if/when you find the price you want ...
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Blue Seas! You get a lot of quality for your money. The panels are NOT plastic that will eventually crack at the screw mounts and they are solid aluminum. You also get plenty of neutral buss screws, back lighting, indicator lights etc. etc.all for a decent standard price.

Find a model you like then google that part # until you find a price you're happy with. I have not found anyone who can match the features and quality of a Blue Seas panel for the pricing. Bass is also good but their pricing was more for less features when I priced the last panel I installed.
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When I decided the replace the 70s four switch fuse panel in my boat, I got one of these from Sea-dog. And coupled it with this for the ground bus.




It's aluminum, the switches light up when on, and it has six breakers and is MUCH cheaper than a blue-sea panel. The 8 switch blue-sea DC panel only has five breakers, you need to spend about $45 more to get another three breakers. This panel cost less than the just extra breakers.

It worked fine, but I got more stuff and wanted more breakers. So when a blue-sea DC panel showed up on craigslist for cheap, with extra breakers included, I got that. Now my compass light has its own switch! At least until I install something else, then it will have to share a circuit with the nav lights again.

BTW, I now have that sea-dog panel for sale cheap if anyone wants it. The blue-sea panels are nice, but there are other options that are fine and much cheaper.
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