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COST. A Bluesea 6-position Circuit breaker panel costs about $270. A fused 6-position BlueSea WeatherDeck switch panel costs about $110.

Flexibility. Circuit breaker panels usually come with 15 amp breakers stock. Replacing them with properly sized 1, 2.5 and 5 amp breakers is very expensive and hard to do. The Blue Sea fused panel uses fuses that are cheap and readily available. The WeatherDeck panels can also be mounted in the cockpit so that at the beginning of a long voyage you can turn on the breaker, and then turn the actual lights on and off in the cockpit as necessary.

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The BlueSea 6-position circuit breaker panel is about 10.5" x 3.75" and can only be mounted horizontally. The BlueSea WeatherDeck panel is only 3.88" x 6", and can be mounted horizontally or vertically.

Safety. The BlueSea circuit breakers aren't protected from accidental shut off... the switches on the BlueSea WeatherDeck are.

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Hey sailingdog, now that I think about it, although I see how the Bluesea fuse panel is sufficient for the job, why would I not just add a regular circuit breaker panel instead? I mean, my panels are not above decks, so I don't need the waterproofing. It would be only a little bit more $ for a Microlog panel, no?

Just thinking out loud...
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I really like this nav light panel: navltindhome

It even has indicators to warn you when nav light goes out, though it is a bit pricey.
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My solution is less expensive and far more flexible. For instance, on my boat, I can use the anchor light as an all-around when motoring off shore and want to be seen at a greater distance—or as a substitute if the stern light or steaming light burn out.
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I really like this nav light panel: navltindhome

It even has indicators to warn you when nav light goes out, though it is a bit pricey.
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I think for me it will come down to whether or not I feel like I need additional circuit breakers for other uses, or a different configuration. If I simply add on to what I have, I think that SD's recommendation is a good one. If I start replacing what I have (which I was originally eliminating as a possibility), then I might use circuit breakers.

My set up currently has a separate panel, mounter lower down than the one in my original post that has just a volt meter on it and switch to view voltage on each bank.

However, that panel is large enough for a microlog DC panel with digital volt/ammeter plus 6 breakers. Might be worth replacing that panel so I'd have a better meter, plus 6 new breakers. Of course, that's not the cheaper way to go.

Thanks for the input everyone--I gained some valuable info, as usual.
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I went the Blue Sea route and bought 8 AC/ 16DC panel and an additional 8dc Blue sea panel to rewire everything. When Boaters World went upside down I got them for about 1/3 price but would go this route anyway. The nice thing about these panels is they are prewired and well designed. I am replacing all my original C&C panels in the fall with these on a piano hinge so I have easier acccess than having to unscrew and lift out a whole panel.

My suggestion to youjoz is to look into the future when adding your panel. If in the next few years you will rewire and get things on seperate circuits which I recommend, buy an extra panel now and start. Each year you can add something similar to improve your whole system, like next year a similar brand panel with the battery meters and over a couple years upgrade the whole panel to new and have it uniform. Doing things piecemeal as opposed to a plan will make you wish you had later on. If you have original panels like mine you will want to replace them eventually.

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...My suggestion to youjoz is to look into the future when adding your panel. If in the next few years you will rewire and get things on seperate circuits which I recommend, buy an extra panel now and start. Each year you can add something similar to improve your whole system, like next year a similar brand panel with the battery meters and over a couple years upgrade the whole panel to new and have it uniform. Doing things piecemeal as opposed to a plan will make you wish you had later on....
I agree chef2sail. I'm definitely trying to plan ahead now for what I'll be doing over the next few years.
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