Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Fuse size should be based on the maximum amp capacity of the equipment on the load side; usually based on wire size. The main terminal fuses are very good and have come down in price. I used ANL fuse blocks instead when I rewired the batteries a couple of years ago- three batteries: one start battery, fused alone at 300a, and two house batteries in parallel, ANL fused at 100 amps leading to a sub panel (rated at 100a)for house circuits. This little fuse block is located within the 7" limit and serves as the solar panel input/fuse point as well, wired to a bulkhead plug that is easy to access to plug/unplug panels as needed. I also installed a crossover charging relay. The individual house circuits for lighting, etc, are fused at wire ratings, usually 15 or 20a for #14 or #12 wire. (note:I understand that some bilge pumps have started fires before reaching designated fuse rating).All large 2/0 wires off the batteries meet the 7" spec. that the CG uses. Have not had any trouble blowing the 300a starter fuse. The ANL fuses have good "slo-blo" characteristics if you look at their graphs. It is amazing that more of the old boats did not go up in flames with the long, unfused main wires they used.
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Last edited by smurphny; 02-24-2012 at 06:57 PM.