Is this a good Switch Board?

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  1. GregorXr

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    Hi just wanted to run this by everyone. Is this a good panel to use on my 18ft boat? Is it reliable? Thanks everyone
     

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    It will work fine for a while but it doesn't look like its very weatherproof. If you own it, use it. Otherwise search the web for Blue Sea Systems Weatherdeck. High quality weatherproof panels at a reasonable cost. Also, make sure you use adhesive lined heat shrink tubing over all terminal connections. That's usually where problems develop.
     
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    It should work just fine.
     
  4. bman440440

    bman440440 I am the one who knocks!!!

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    never had a problem on this one... going on 4 years now

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    Great!
     
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    Whats the best way to wire the accessories to the switches?
     
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    bman440440 I am the one who knocks!!!

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    how do you mean?
     
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    Run accessory to a fuse panel with the correct size fuse required, then run wire from the fuse panel to the switch.
     
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    that board has built in breakers on each switch... the switch itself pops if there is an overload and has to be reset... notice the reset arrow on each switch
     
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    I didn't look at it that close... Then skip the fuse panel.

    Use a ratcheting wire crimp with adhesive line heat shrink connectors, and marine tinned wire and good to go.
     
  11. GregorXr

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    Is that how wire the accessories? I showed fly liner and saulid he was little bit mixed up. If you can help us with the steps would greatly appreciate it.
     
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    fly liner I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    With that being said where does he connect the wires from the accessories. I see a positive hub and a negative. So run a main hot and a main negative.
    But how do you make each switch run its accessorie. Where do those wire attach.... Like for wiring a pump. On a normal single switch negative goes to ground block.
    hot wire to one leg of the switch and off the other leg wire to fuse block.
     
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    I'm thinking you would run a main wire to a bus bar then run wires off that to each circuit. You can get a covered power block for your +power.
     
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    red arrows are where you connect what you want to power (bait pump, lights etc.) there are more connectors under the bag of screws with tab connectors in the second pic. main power in to the + screw and ground to the - screw... the reason for the ground is because the switches are lighted when on

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    BMAN is the one to listen to. He knows this switch better than I do.
     
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    fly liner I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Greatly appreciated. I didn't notice the blade connections in the picture and was very confused.


     
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    The breakers. Do they match the max load of each appliance? Or are they all standard 15A breakers. Wires can fry if the breakers to high.
     
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    depends on the model he bought... there are several options for amps
     
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    Hopefully the wire will be big enough to carry a 15 amp load.

    More importantly on any electronics you need to make sure that you have the correct fuse between the switch and the device to ensure it is protected. Breaker will protect the wire but you need the correct fuse to properly protect the device. Breakers are not accurate enough to protect sensitive electronics.
     
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    I had one and it barely lasted a year. I even used the plastic packaging as a cover for it. I cut out the front of the package and secured it at the top. Still ended up corroding in the middle of the season.

    Blue Seas Weatherdeck is a better option.
     

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