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What the heck is this?

I came across an odd item tucked away in my engine compartment this weekend while practicing my contortionist positions. It isn't visible unless your head is literally resting on the water pump.

I can't get a great picture of it because of its location, this is the best I could do. I'm not sure what it is, but I suspect it was some type of instrument bus. I've found a lot of odd things that are no longer in use on this boat but were never removed. The oddest that comes to mind is that I found the atomic 4 starter still wired to the breaker panel but hidden behind a piece of trim.

Anyway, does anyone have an idea what this is? I hate having unused junk installed on a boat and would like to rip it out if I can.



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Re: What the heck is this?

Could it be a regulator for a solar charger? The meter could refer to a state of charge....
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Looks like a power supply of some sort.. You don't need permission to rip... err work on your boat LOL

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Ha, yes I suppose I can. Engine and electrical are my big boat knowledge failings so I'm always cautious about pulling anything out that I don't understand (or even know what it is).
The boat needs to have every wire ripped from it and replaced, but I want to get it back in the water where it belongs for a season. I've been sweating in a hot shed working on the boat for too long that I've forgotten what it's like to sail this boat.


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Looks like some kind of power converter/ regulator it has an on and off switch and internal fuse where do the white and green wires go to and any idea what the other side looks like? After blowing up the pic some I would say power converter leads 1&4 go to a meter and lead 2 says positive and lead 3 negative flip the switch and see what a multimeter says is the output.

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Re: What the heck is this?

That is a marine grade Ectoplasmic Containment Unit. Whatever you do, don't disconnect that unit!

No, really. The two leads connected to "METER" appear to have been cut off or shorted out, so whatever it displayed on some meter, it no longer displays anywhere?

And the two red wires on "BAT(tery)2" appear to be just one lead as well? Does any of the wiring actually GO anywhere?

If not, you can probably remove it and disconnect it. if it goes someplace, knowing where and what would help guess what that is.

Just in case it IS the Ectoplasmic Containment Unit.
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Trace the wires:

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That is a marine grade Ectoplasmic Containment Unit. Whatever you do, don't disconnect that unit!
I knew it, if anyone has seen my other thread about starting a diesel after five years, this may be the problem I'm having; the Ectoplasm is not getting to the injectors. I think I'll hook the battery right up to those terminals. What could go wrong...

I haven't chased where the wires go yet because I've had other things to deal with but I will once I get my motor started.


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Where's the brown twirly wire go? Can you trace it. Otherwise, I think the others are right it's up to ghost busters to sort.
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Re: What the heck is this?

GREETINGS EARTHLINGS; Looks like some sort of older voltage regulator did or does the engine have a dynamo as they would have been fitted when the dynamo would have been on the boat . AS ALWAYS GO SAFE.
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