Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Deale, MD
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Re: Electric Conversion log for Kahleesea
The hard coupler should be going on in the next day or two.
I spent all day Saturday trying to replace the bilge. Removing the old and installing the new is no problem, though the bilge is very deep. I can barely reach the bottom of it while face first on the floor.
I was able to fix the cold machine. It now runs as well as it ever did. Turns out that when I reconnected the batteries after the conversion I missed one connection. The boat used to have a massive 8D on the opposite side of the house batteries, so I didn't reconnect those terminals when I put the house bank back in. Little did I know that the cold machine was wired into the hot terminal on that side. I just reconnected the hot from that side to the house bank. I'll put that on the list of things to change in the off season. It works fine as is for now.
The bilge seems to be wired backwards. The red/brown and orange/brown from the switch on the panel are reading as grounds, not hots, according to my multimeter. Also, the hot lead to the bilge seems to have been severed, and I can't find the break, nor can I find the lead from the battery that goes to the bilge. I really hope I don't have to run a new line from the battery to the bilge. Getting a line through that conduit without a string to pull it would be... problematic. There's about 8 feet between where the cable disappears into the bulkhead on the bilge side and where it would come out in the rear battery compartment that runs through conduit behind the head. There's no access to it anywhere in the middle that I can find.
But did I mention that the cold machine works again? At least now I can have cold drinks while I sweat my ass off trying to rewire the bilge. Hooray!