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Catalina 270 Electrical HELP PLEASE!

All of a sudden my electrical panel not working. I have fresh batteries that are charged. I have 30 amp shore power that is working. Where would you suggest I start to try and troubleshoot this? Thanks for your help
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Re: Catalina 270 Electrical HELP PLEASE!

Many Catalinas have a shore power switch in the aft lazarette. Does your boat have one, and is it on? It is a circuit breaker, so it might need to be re-set. This is also where I would start on trouble-shooting. As in all electricity, look for the obvious things first (think loose connecters, switches, and dirty connections). Start at the beginning of the circuit (with your multi-meter) and work your way "down stream". Electricity can be oh so frustrating. Sometimes so simple, sometimes so elusive. Good Luck.

edit: sorry, I didn't notice if you are refering to the AC or DC sides of the board? Upon re-reading, it seems it might be the DC side. If so, are your batteries fuse protected? They probably are. If so, those fuses should be checked. They are located close to the positive terminals of you batteries. On my boat they look like little square boxes.

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Re: Catalina 270 Electrical HELP PLEASE!

Assuming the voltmeter on panel reads zero ? I'd start at battery terminals, clean and recheck there with your portable voltmeter, then check at the battery switch which I think I remember as being in the panel also ?

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Re: Catalina 270 Electrical HELP PLEASE!

Thanks for your replies. This boat has 110 shore power switch in the main panel. Is there still a breaker behind the panel for that switch? I note that the blue "SERVICE" light is not illuminated.

The battery panel shows fully charged batteries.

IF I get into the panel, where would I look first to troubleshoot those wires?
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Re: Catalina 270 Electrical HELP PLEASE!

Playing with electricity is dangerous, particularly on a boat. You are clearly operating above your pay grade. Strongly suggest you call a marine electrician.

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Re: Catalina 270 Electrical HELP PLEASE!

Yeah, that's not an insult, sunsail. The low-voltage side is one thing, but 110 will kill you.
If you really want to mess around with this, try doing it with the shore power UNPLUGGED.
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Re: Catalina 270 Electrical HELP PLEASE!

Adding to, and agreeing with @boatpoker 's post; most fires on boats are electrical in nature. Not knowing what you are doing can get you killed, or cause a fire on your boat, and damage your neighbors' boats too.

While you may not need to hire an electrician, I suggest that you start by verifying that the dock box has the breaker turned on, and that the shore power cord is good, by swapping with a knowledgeable neighbor on your dock. Based on the little information that you have given us, there are too many variables beyond this for us to troubleshoot the problem that you are encountering through a forum.

If with the help of a neighbor, you cannot figure the problem out, then it is time to call in a professional... Either that or sell your boat.

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Re: Catalina 270 Electrical HELP PLEASE!

Not to sound like a smart alec but perhaps purchasing and learning the proper use of a Volt Ohm meter would be the place to start. People are continually asking on forums like this what the cause of their problem is. People can make suggestions of what has failed in their experience or what parts commonly fail but nobody can be sure except the person directly in from of the problem. Education is a good thing, blindly stabbing in the dark to kill a gremlin is generally not only a bad idea but is also usually very expensive.
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Re: Catalina 270 Electrical HELP PLEASE!

Thanks for your comments. I understand.

One of the core issues is that this is in a very remote location-- meaning there are NO OTHER sailboats down there. Very few experienced people with sailboats marine systems. The marina is on my property (I own it) and this is not my first rodeo. I have a great deal of experience with sailing but am concerned about electrical for all the reasons you have mentioned. I have not detailed everything as it would make too long a narrative. I am working with an electrician this Sat and I do know how to operate a voltmeter. My question had to do mostly with once we go inside the boat itself. We will rule out the breaker issue and I am switching out the 25 year old shore power line-- hopefully that will solve the AC input. What I was wondering was after we get the AC power figured out--what else should I be looking at "behind the panel" inside the boat-- what fuses are there to inspect for a Catalina 270. Yes, I have called Catalina tech support.

I still may be above my pay grade here but hey I want to learn, so I do value your experience and opinions. Thanks again for your comments.
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Re: Catalina 270 Electrical HELP PLEASE!

There aren't any fuses, the switches on the panel are circuit breakers. If the panel voltmeter is reading you got power to there and the rest is a mystery. The blue service light indicates 12 volt turned on, but it's just a bulb and may be BO, did it ever light ? There is a 110 AC main breaker for the shorepower located in the port lazzerette. I'll post a wiring diagram here, if you don't have an owners manual there is one available at the Catalina 27/270 owners assoc. website.
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