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I am thinking of buying new Blue Sea panels for my electrical board. I have look and chosen the 8084 model with AC main + 8 (room for 3 more) and DC main +15 12 DC (room for 6 more) panel.

Anyone have experience with this or other Blue Sea panels? How about other brands?. I am close to pulling the trigger on this by next week so you quick and thorough opinions are important.

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I use them exclusively. Easy to set-up, configure, and you can tailor your breaker panel system the way you want to. I have some 8 of their panels installed on "HG" and never have had an issue.
 

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I used BlueSea DC panel. Easy to use, clean layout, excellent product. Really not much trouble - just label the wires :)
 

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I installed the 16 breaker DC panel and the 8 (dbl main) AC panel. I second the above positives.
 

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I install these all the time. The Blue Sea and Garhauer products are the best you can buy, in my opinion. Everything about either one says: Quality, Class, and Value. You just can't go wrong.
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My boats PO installed Blue Sea panels, one AC panel and two DC panels. The only problem I've had was when my Admiral dropped a wooden companion way panel when lifting it and the darn thing broke the handle off one of the breakers. It was a simple repair, remove the panel, remove and replace broken breaker, reassemble. Couldn't have been easier.

I'm a fan...MGM
 

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Bruce researched electric panel choices and quearied others on another forum and Blue Seas is what he just bought (he's a picky SOB). Haven't installed it yet.

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I aagree with everyone else. BlueSea makes a great product. My shorepower panel is BS and I even installed a small 3 breaker panel on one of the runabouts at the cottage. I'll be converting the DC panel on Eclipse when I get to that stage of the rewire.

I love the new 360 panel series.
 

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I just installed a Blue Sea panel on my boat as well. Great quality of constrction, easy to use, great customer service, and (if you are really anal) they will even print up custom labels for you. Also, before you go off an buy a 70 piece set of labels to use only one, call them. They sent me all of the "off the shelf" labels I needed for free. I bought my panel from Peter Kennedy Yacht Services - Marine Electrical Systems and got a great price. Worth checking out.
 

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I would highly recommend not using Peter Kennedy Yacht Services for anything. Here's why: LINK, LINK

To give you a photographic reason:


This is a photo of the mounting plate for the swivel arm that Peter Kennedy mounted my GPS to. The screw holes are the ones he drilled. He only drilled and tapped two of the four holes the equipment is supposed to have, and one of them was in the area where the bushing that allows it to rotate is located, as seen by the pen circle drawn on the aluminum. Very poor quality work.

This is the $40 custom masthead lamp mounting bracket he sold me.



It isn't even wide enough to have the screws for the masthead light got through it. It didn't survive the trailering trip from Annapolis to New Bedford. He had three sheet metal screws holding it to the masthead truck, that were held in by silicone. The corners and edges of the aluminum aren't rounded or smoothed off in any way, and it looks like it was cut with a hacksaw by hand. You can clearly see the silicone in the bottom-most hole on the masthead truck, and the hack job he did on drilling the holes.

I just installed a Blue Sea panel on my boat as well. Great quality of constrction, easy to use, great customer service, and (if you are really anal) they will even print up custom labels for you. Also, before you go off an buy a 70 piece set of labels to use only one, call them. They sent me all of the "off the shelf" labels I needed for free. I bought my panel from Peter Kennedy Yacht Services - Marine Electrical Systems and got a great price. Worth checking out.
 

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I can't comment on his fabrication work. His shop is not set up for metal working so I assume he contracted that work out. I am curious to find out who did the work. He came reccommended to me by several other sailors around Annapolis. All I can say is the prices he charged me for all new Blue Sea components were fantastic and the wiring advice he gave was corroborated by other experienced marine electricians. He also galdly took back any extra components that I decided not to use for a full refund.
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Another happy Blue Sea panel customer here. I'm refitting and upgraded to new AC and DC panels. Just spent the evening wiring up the AC panel. As others are finding, the build quality seems nice, the instructions are great, the tech support is terrific, the website is very helpful, and the panel is very easy to work on. I lost a critical bolt and one label -- hopefully I can replace them easily. Costs $1 + shipping to get a new label.
 

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His company's electrical work was equally shoddy. While he may sell the equipment at good prices, his work ethic and quality of services suck. Regardless of whether he farms out the fabrication or does it in-house, he is still responsible for the quality of the work he is being paid for.

I can't comment on his fabrication work. His shop is not set up for metal working so I assume he contracted that work out. I am curious to find out who did the work. He came reccommended to me by several other sailors around Annapolis. All I can say is the prices he charged me for all new Blue Sea components were fantastic and the wiring advice he gave was corroborated by other experienced marine electricians. He also galdly took back any extra components that I decided not to use for a full refund.
 

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I agree about being responsible for sub-contractors. I want to know so I can watch out for them if I need fabrication work done. The examples of his work that I have seen are fine. So far yours is the only bad review I have come across. I would tell potential customers to do some research on thier own to make the decision.

His company's electrical work was equally shoddy. While he may sell the equipment at good prices, his work ethic and quality of services suck. Regardless of whether he farms out the fabrication or does it in-house, he is still responsible for the quality of the work he is being paid for.
 

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We have lots of Blue Sea components in our home built boat
Good stuff, and holding up after 5 years, and 20,000 miles.
Service from company good too
 

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Do blue sea panels come with a cover for the back side of the panel? I am contemplating installing an AC panel in the main cabin and the back side would be in a lazarette. I need to protect the back side of the panel from accidental contact.
 

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They do come with a back of the panel cover
 

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I believe the back cover is optional, and has to be bought separately. :)
 
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