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12-11-2013 01:44 PM
Christian Williams
Re: Replace Panel vs. Replace Switches

If you're considering plunging into a messy panel and haven't been there before, my recent experience might be of interest.

Part 1--A Noviceís Guide to Panel Reorganization - Blogs - EY.o Information Exchange
12-09-2013 06:03 PM
BELLATRIX1965
Re: Replace Panel vs. Replace Switches

Quote:
Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
I would replace the panel like the one in the link below from Blue Seas - excellent quality product.

Traditional Metal DC Panel - 8 Positions - Blue Sea Systems
Plus one - what mitiempo said! Buy the panel!
11-28-2013 01:51 AM
mitiempo
Re: Replace Panel vs. Replace Switches

Quote:
Originally Posted by ebs001 View Post
Panels are available from catalinadirect.com but they are pricey. Bluesea a much less expensive option.
Blue Seas is better quality as well - very hard to beat.

By the way Catalina Direct is not Catalina. It is a separate company in the parts business.
11-27-2013 08:52 PM
ebs001
Re: Replace Panel vs. Replace Switches

Panels are available from catalinadirect.com but they are pricey. Bluesea a much less expensive option.
11-25-2013 04:09 PM
svHyLyte
Re: Replace Panel vs. Replace Switches

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Originally Posted by geronimo69 View Post
panel is in good shape, but I noticed one switch was already replaced, so rather than doing just one here and there, seems like a better idea to replace the switches. Seems like the fuse section is ok
Since you're sailing a Catalina 27, it might pay to contact Catalina about a replacement panel from the factory. I suspect it might be the least costly option verses a 2nd party product and Catalina is usually pretty good about such things.

FWIW...

PS: If you do change the panel, be sure to label each of the wires as you disconnect them from the old panel!
11-25-2013 03:41 PM
BubbleheadMd
Re: Replace Panel vs. Replace Switches

Fused panels are for the birds.

Quit screwing around, and buy the Blue Sea panel linked by mitempo.

-Never worry about carrying spare fuses again.
-Backlit labels.
-Ability to easily replace labels when you make wiring changes.
-LED indicating an active circuit.
11-24-2013 09:36 PM
Waltthesalt
Re: Replace Panel vs. Replace Switches

If I wanted a winter project I'd look at panel replacement if your's is an older boat. That's what I did with mine, in fact I redesigned the electrical distribution in the process to be more reliable. My 70's era boat wasn't up to current ABYC standards for example the panel back was exposed. Then there was the on-off-both power switch for which there are better alternatives. In the process I got to check out every wire and get it properly labeled and fix corrosion issues. There was also some safety things like adding a sloblo fuse for engine starting power which while not required is a safety issue nonetheless. The problem I came across was space. On smaller boats a manufactured panel may not fit into your old space and you may need to relocate it. I had time so I built my own panels, not too hard but takes time.
11-20-2013 01:52 PM
mitiempo
Re: Replace Panel vs. Replace Switches

I would replace the panel like the one in the link below from Blue Seas - excellent quality product.

Traditional Metal DC Panel - 8 Positions - Blue Sea Systems
11-20-2013 01:18 PM
Colin A
Re: Replace Panel vs. Replace Switches

I would replace the panel. By the time you get all new switches of good quality you are going to be awful close to the price of a new panel.
11-17-2013 07:04 PM
PBzeer
Re: Replace Panel vs. Replace Switches

Depending on your budget, since you have fused switches, a new panel with circuit breakers might be worth the time and money. Particularly if you plan on keeping the boat long term.
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