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Old 30 November 2017, 04:36   #1
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Avon SR4 Delux Electrics Placement

Hi

No doubt this has many threads in the past but I've spent far too long wading though pages and pages of posts and still cannot find the answer...

I'm working on a refurb of an Avon Searider 4m as a winter project. It has the original 4 seats on the box bases. The previous owner had the battery and electrics under the seat. The electrics where in a sealed RS components waterproof box and there was a separate waterproof junction box. These both flooded with a mixture of sea and rain water. The drain in the seat box was blocked and the water had soaked through the seats and into the seat boxes I think they where also very old and the seals had perished.

I am wiring up a bilge pump, GPS /Sonar combo unit (Hook2-5 or similar) and a fixed VHF.

Do any other Classic SR4 owners give me some advise on the best place for the location of the fuse box and battery. Possible locations are - Under seat again and properly maintained or under the dash board and protected by the bow canopy.

Many thanks
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Old 30 November 2017, 05:13   #2
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not an sr4 owner but i always have my electrics above tube height obviously cables aren't but any non waterproof connections are
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Old 30 November 2017, 11:38   #3
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Hi as a SR5.4 owner who has just stripped out that Classic set up for the same reason and its not really a sea going set up, as I found out to my painful experience with a badly twisted knee. I had planned to put all of the "sensitive electrics under the bow dodger GRP front support" as there is quite a large space that is well protected and offers good fixings into the near 30mm double GRP skinned marine plywood former. As to battery I had planned building a plywood & GRP encapsulated box under the canopy but some 250 to 300 mm up off the deck using a standard battery box. I ran the heavy duty battery cables down the starboard on the vertical sides of the deck with the two, loose but secured, fuel tanks up at the front too, piped to port side. I took the fish finder wires down with the full pipes to avoid issues with the battery cables. Jockey seat arrangement now well advanced.
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Old 01 December 2017, 07:21   #4
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Great, thanks for the advice.
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