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Old 08 February 2005, 15:08   #1
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Electrical components for re-wire

I am looking at re-wiring my rib from battery to switchpanel/ fuse box to gps / radio/ lights etc. Looking for a supplier of bus bars/ fuseboxes etc. Have looked at Index marine but not too impressed by prices and components.
Does anyone have any recommendations and possible wiring diagrams.

Chrisallse - I was impressed by your re-wire - where did you source components?
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Old 08 February 2005, 16:14   #2
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Try RS Comps http://rswww.com I sourced most of mine from them. Next day service. I pupose made my own fuse box using their compnents.

Good luck with the task.


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Old 08 February 2005, 17:07   #3
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Avoid anything 'marine' its ghastly and over priced. I now source from RS as mentioned, farnell components www.farnell.com or rapid www.rapidelectronics.co.uk
In particular look for anything rated IP65 or better. IP65 is waterproof but only against spray, IP66 is completely waterproof and IP67 is rated for immersion. All the switches on my boat are IP67 and have not given me one ounce of trouble.

If you are really serious I can take some pictures, let me know.
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Old 08 February 2005, 17:16   #4
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If not too much trouble some pics would be great to get an idea of layout.
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Make sure you use tinned wire rather than the plain copper - it just turns black. For ring terminals etc and heatshrink use the type that has glue built into it as it seals everything better.
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Here is my fusebox. You can see the 6.0mm wires coming in on the right. The breakers are 5amp with one at 15 amp for the accessory socket on the dash. The glands are all water proof and I use a rubber insulated cable as opposed to PVC which tends to go hard and brittle. The 4 output cables go upto the switches which are double pole IP67 types. The equipment (lights, bilge, echo etc) are wired directly to the back of the switch.

For next refit I intend to enclose the back of the switches and run everything to a large waterproof distribution board.

For the bilge pump and stern light I use a multicore cable. At the stern the cable then enters a waterproof???? box where it splits out to the stern light and the bilge pump. The box sprung a leak after I removed the wire from the top gland and thought tightening it down would seal it. This box was put in in a bit of a hurry and is on my immediate list of jobs to replace. I do not normally use choc block but like I said, it was a bodge to get it afloat. But just goes to show why we should use top grade kit. I have ordered some mini terminal blocks which should be fitted soon.

As you can see I use waterproof connectors for the forward light mast and glands on the lights.

Hope that gives you some ideas.
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Old 09 February 2005, 16:27   #7
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Swifty,
Thank you for that - as you say it goes to prove the importance of top notch gear. I have done a botch to get afloat but I am wanting to do a proper job before the start of the "proper" season.
Much appreicated photos - thanks again
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If you want top Grade marine components the try Aquafax in Hamble and look through their range of ver sussed products. Keep the wiring simple avoid MCB's if you can and get Fuses instead they have a longer sea life.

Tinned wire is essential for longevity. Ou of interest what impressed you about Chrisalse's rewire apart from the fantastic neatness
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As you say, amazing neatness avoiding tangling wires and easily accessible and well labelled for future reference.
Thanks for info
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Only problem with RS is you have to have an account with them... to get it you ll need proof of trading.

Else try any local electrical supplies store, eg. SETS, QVS,etc. as most will sell across the trade counter to the public and you have the advantage of browsing their catalogues to compare prices.

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