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Be careful... the batteries have enough amperage to kill you if you're not. As long as the terminals aren't covered on the batteries, they are dangerous. I hope your installation has the batteries in battery boxes and that the terminals on the batteries are covered.
Hook them up in this order. Positive to Positive, Positive from one battery to the switch. Cover the positive terminals at this point. Then hook up Negative to Negative, and the negative can be from either battery, but shouldn't go to the switch—it should go to the ground side of the DC panel.
Where this is located and how it is setup depends on how your boat is wired. On some boats it is a bus bar setup, on others it is separate terminal blocks, on others it is part of the DC panel setup.
The main battery switch should have the positive coming in from the battery bank, and the common lead should go to the hot side of the DC breaker panel.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 09-07-2007 at 11:35 PM.