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I bought an 82 Northern 37K and it is in fantastic shape. I wanted to make some changes (I know - why make chages if it is in fantastic shape) to put my own touches on it. I have an old brochure but nothing else on the boat. Any ideas where I might be able to find something or at the very least where to start looking to find manuals. I'd prefer to know some of the technical specifics of the boat before I start making too many changes and it will help me to identify mods already done by the previous owners. Thanks
 

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Thanks to all - yeah I realized after the request that it would have to be specific to different systems on the boat and it has been modified to some extent. I have manuals for specific pieces of equipment and the boat was repowered with a Perkins diesel (I have the manual on that). Was hoping to get electrical/wiring diagrams, but I may to get that info through my own work on the boat.
 

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Yeah I have manuals (original and downloaded) for electronics and mechanical components. Been going through the boat the last couple of days and I have resolved myself to the idea that I will be figuring out the wiring on my own. Very doable and at the very least it ensures that I know where and what is going on electrically w the boat.
 

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We are the second owners of our Columbia 45 and the original owner ( and his son) kept every manual, receipt and spec sheet for just about everything aboard. The original Columbia owners manual has the schematics for the plumbing, electrical, Deck Hardware, Prop sizing, and rigging. The original stove/oven manual was helpful for replacement dimensions. The BalMar autopliot manual is invaluable since the firm is no longer around, The instruments are obsolete but functioning so, with Navionics on the IPad and IPhone near shore navigation is practical and less expensive than a full suite of display and sensors that will be obsolete next year regardless.
I completely rewired and repowered our former Columbia 36 ( previous Sailnet User Name Old Columbia) as well as replaced the ports and hatches so the expense and time involved is no longer appealing. My philosophy is, "if it ain't broke, wait til it is." unless it's a life/safety component.
Even with the manuals, the parts and availability of 1972 suppliers is questionable. Better off with salvage/consignment shops for second hand newer technology. The 12V system and 110AC are not rocket science because of their simplicity and size and a Perkins diesel can be rebuilt by shade tree mechanics.
Thanks for the feedback. I am planning on some re-wiring this winter and some interior work to bring it up to more modern standards/look. There are a few legacy items in the boat that will come out.
 
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