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the Amp meter should show a draw when you start your engine. That starter takes a few amps. But once the engine is running and the battery is recharged for the small amount that you used in starting the engine. You may have a zero float of where the battery is maintained at full charge. You can use another Amp meter to check this out by wiring it in correctly and observe it as you start the engine and afterwords as you turn on switches and see what happens.
But placing an Amp meter between the batteries and the power panel you will see the Amp usage as you turn on more equipment.
But under normal conditions of where I believe your meter is wired in at, you should show just a small amount of positive. A flicker of the needle to the right when running. When starting it should show a negative usage of what your starter motor draws as you grind that motor.
Some Amp meters have a barrel switch connected, to check the various circuits to see what they are drawing.
But either a Marine electrician or studying up on the subject will enlighten you with this. (pun intended)

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With my Universal 5411 I see a big draw when turning the glow plugs on for 5-20 secs before stating then a good charge for about 20 minutes then about 0+ while the engine is running. The ampmeter is in the circuit regardless if the battery switch is 1, 2 or both.
My distribution panel has a 10-16v scale voltmeter with #1 or#2 switch also. One can also use a digital automobile meter type plugged into a 12 volt recepticle.

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saurav...glad the diagnosis worked.

all...while ammeters and voltmeters are great to show what is going on right now....if you are out cruising...you wanna know what goes on over TIME as well as right now. Consider a LINK meter for your battery bank to understand your usage of electricity and charging efficiency and time left before needing a recharge. The one instrument I used every day at anchor or underway!
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Cam,
That's not the "one instrument" we've heard about you using every day, in the past.(g)

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Sailaway....OK....so I use my PC everyday too! (G)
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cam, sometimes I'd just like ta slap ya silly....

400.00 for a battery monitor..
Thats a lot of fun tickets, eh?
No, not if you're a cruiser that spends LOTS of time here and there.
Yes, if you're a cheap plick like me.

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Yes, give it up ya'll, he said he's fixed it already...
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