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Under used Compass light circuit

Been thinking. Gee, thanks Maine Sail! I'm a fearing me boat's gonna burst into flames any moment!

So I'm thinking about my boat's electrics in general. The compass light clearly can be used for GPS, maybe an led "map light" to shine over the swing up table. And, would my old autohelm 3000 be too much load?

Jus thinking with me fingertips here
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Re: Under used Compass light circuit

I'm thinking a map light would be fine along with any other lighting. How much does the auto-helm 3000 draw? You may want a dedicated circuit just for that. Running your GPS; sure.
The advantage to running different circuits is being able to par down your electric drain to what you will need at any given moment.

I prefer to run different circuits as possible. This way i only turn on what's absolutely necessary.
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Re: Under used Compass light circuit

Most likely, the compass light is on the same circuit with the running (nav) lights. Look at the size of the wire and the load on the circuit. 12 AWG could have a 20Amp breaker and may suffice. On the other hand, running a new circuit from the panel to the cockpit isn't that much trouble.
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Most likely, the compass light is on the same circuit with the running (nav) lights. Look at the size of the wire and the load on the circuit. 12 AWG could have a 20Amp breaker and may suffice. On the other hand, running a new circuit from the panel to the cockpit isn't that much trouble.
Thanks Sea, but no it's a separate circuit. #12 gauge If I remember right.
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