SailNet Community - Reply to Topic

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance > Electrical refit
 Not a Member? 


Thread: Electrical refit Reply to Thread
Title:
  

By choosing to post the reply below you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Topic Review (Newest First)
06-17-2004 08:54 AM
williamjchampion
Electrical refit

I agree. Get Casey''s book and dyi. I rewired my 1970 Mogan 35 last year. All anchor tinned wire and Blue Seas panels. I ran all the wire in conduit and increased the gauge of wire on just about everything. Cheap insurance. About the only wires I didn''t touch were for the overhead lights. The wires run between the fiberglass headliner and the coachhouse roof. No clean way to run new. 34 years of spaghetti was removed. I was amazed. Dead ends; wires that change both color and gauge halfway through a run, etc. There is nothing particularly difficult, but you''ll get plenty sore contorting your body into some of the spaces!
06-17-2004 08:00 AM
splitmind
Electrical refit

Depending on the replacement materials and labour rates, as well as how much old material can be re-used will determine the cost.

Don Casey has a good book on small boat electrics worth reading prior to making a decision. Don''t be surprised if a contractor quoted up to 5000 or more.

Spend your money on the materials, and learn to do it yourself, or at least do the grunt work yourself and bring in a pro at the end to do the final test and hookups.
06-17-2004 05:06 AM
Silmaril
Electrical refit

Being the ulitimate DIY''r, I always recommend doing it yourself. If you are not familiar with wiring techniques, get a copy of one of Nigel Calders books that covers marine electrical practices.

I have always been amazed at what people pass off as "Professional" grade marine wiring. My personal standards are pretty high, as I am an engineer, and spent a number of years working for defense electronics contractors and NASA suppliers, so I have a good idea of true "Mil Spec" wiring techniques.

Hiring sombody else is a waist of money, and would never be as good a job as a careful owner working on his pride and joy.

Older boats were strung with little more than household grade wires. The better ones used a product called THHN wire. But even though a "Mil Spec" wire, THHN was not tinned. Today''s best wiring is done using marine grade tinned wire. It costs more, is larger and may be a problem running wires in the same location as the skinny older wire, but it lasts much longer and is much better resisting corrosion.

When I re-wired Silmaril, I removed 25 years of previous wires. It was remarkable how many dead wires were lurking in the strangest of places!

Take your time to lay out how you want your panels to look, I prefer keeping AC and DC panels well separated and clearly marked.

Invest in quality hand tools, not the junk at the mass retailers. Look at a W.W. Graingers catalog or at Jensen Tool. Get top of the line crimpers, strippers, cutters, use quality lugs like T&B. Take your time. It''s really not that hard. The good tools and not trying to take short cuts makes all the difference in the world.
06-15-2004 05:48 PM
Tequiza Terri
Electrical refit

Any thoughts on DIY electrical refitting of a 1976 Morgan 28OI ?
I think my boat has the original wiring!
If I do use a professional.... how much can I expect to spend?

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:16 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.