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So it all started when my bow light stopped working. Not getting 12 at the bulb and even more mysterious the power and ground wire are shorted to each other. The breaker doesn't trip so something is really screwed up.

I started at the bow and worked to the aft. Found a splice in the anchor locker had disintegrated and fixed that. Still no 12v to the bulb. When I repaired the splice I noticed that the wire in the anchor locker is Black and Red. According to the manual, I should have a green wire and a black wire. I checked at the switch and sure enough the hot wire is green.

I traced the wiring harness from the distribution panel into the bilge along the starboard side until it gets to compression post, then the wires appear to go up the post.

I cannot find where a splice was made to the green hot wire for the bow light and the existing wire that leads to the bulb.

Has anyone else traced this wiring nightmare and found where the unicorn and the splice are made????? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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The bow light is at the bow? Weird.

I'm willing to be corrected on this, but I believe the "bow light" is the "masthead" light, not the red/green "side light" that might be mounted at the bow. "Bow light" seems to be an unofficial term. Perhaps one of our Chapman's aficionados can set me straight. My switch panel has a "bow light" switch that illuminates the "masthead" light.

But for the OP: It is always confusion and corrosion with boat electrics. Good luck.

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Aloof, Thanks for absolutely nothing. My side lights are mounted at the bow and the distribution panel calls them "Bow Light."

p.s. The masthead light isn't the bow light on my boat, it is the "Masthead/Steaming" Light....take care.

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I traced the wiring harness from the distribution panel into the bilge along the starboard side until it gets to compression post, then the wires appear to go up the post.
I was trying to help. The "Bow Light" wires should go up the mast. I would not look in the "Anchor Locker" for "Bow Light" wires. Like I wrote before: Beware confusion and corrosion.

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Re: PSC 34 Electrical Mystery

On our 1988 PSC 34 the nav light breakers are labeled "Running Lights" and "Bowlight". "Running Light" gets the red/green lamp at the bow pulpit, the white lamp at the stern pushpit (a red wire for both), and the compass light (a purple wire). "Bowlight" has a green wire that runs into the mast, passes thru a connector there, and goes on as a green wire to the steaming light.


We had ours fail coming off the Matanilla Shoal in the Bahamas headed for the Gulf Stream and the U.S. in 2014. It is in my wife's blog entry for June 27, 2014.
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"While Bill was still sleeping, I noticed the red and green sidelights were not working. Not too good. I was keeping track of several ships by eye and radar. They were miles away, but we still needed our lights shining so they could see us. I hated to do it, but I woke Bill. He is not only the Captain but also the fix-it man. Hanging over the bow in the dark and getting a little wet, he found that the wires to the lamp had corroded away. He rigged up some temporary wiring and got the lights working again."
By the way, I got soaked.

The repair story is in this thread on this group.
https://www.sailnet.com/forums/pacifi...ht-wiring.html

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Mr. Murdoch thanks for your reply. I think that will help me tremendously. Mr. Aloof. I owe you an apology. After some research today, I realize that you were actually trying to help. Like a couple of responses have indicated, I acted the ass....no excuse, just have to own it. Thank you for your input....perhaps next time I might take some time to consider what is written before I respond. Hope you have a better day....lesson learned on this end. Take care and following winds.

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so right Denise!....bad day let it get the best of me.
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Message received! Oops is all I can say.
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