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Old 18 April 2007, 06:47   #11
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Old 18 April 2007, 08:50   #12
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Does any water get behind the dash and into the console with these switches Nick? They look very modular and where the housings clip together it looks like a possible water ingress point.
I haven't noticed any water coming through the bulkhead. I had four fitted by the previous owner(s) and two I have done myself. My two were fitted after being smeared in silicone sealent so they should be fine. They are a tight fit when fitted so should keep water out. They are sold as waterproof and seem to be.
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Old 18 April 2007, 09:08   #13
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I haven't noticed any water coming through the bulkhead. I had four fitted by the previous owner(s) and two I have done myself. My two were fitted after being smeared in silicone sealent so they should be fine. They are a tight fit when fitted so should keep water out. They are sold as waterproof and seem to be.
Not a bad idea, however, I would avoid doing what we tried and lubed the gasket with silicone grease - this leads to the gasket trying to slight out if the surface it is being clamped to is curved. They should be good enought with just the gasket fitted.
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I'll put in another vote for Blue Sea I'm using their 12 switch fused ganged panel and have been really happy with it.
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Old 26 May 2007, 22:40   #15
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What have you guys done about circuit breakers and fuses. Built in or seperate? Breakers or Fuses?

Also being a bit nosey, what sorts of equipment do you operate using the switches?

I can only think of Nav lights, Deck lights and bilge pump
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Old 27 May 2007, 02:59   #16
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Andy I have one of the Blue Sea Systems Panel with built in fuses and 6 switches.

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Old 27 May 2007, 04:51   #17
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Andy,

I only have the nav lights, anchor light, bilge pump and horn through the panel. The GPS is on there as well until we can connect it to the ignition (so the engine hours monitor works).

We decided that the VHF should be independant and only goes through the battery isolator as it has it's own fuses.
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Old 27 May 2007, 05:22   #18
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I heard the ones from Blue Sea Systems are quite good.

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I do believe that's an understatement! the Blue sea systems are excellent

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So is anyone using the circuit breaker switches? This seems Ideal for a boat as there's no faffing about with fuses if an intermittent fault strikes.
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Old 27 May 2007, 14:39   #20
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So is anyone using the circuit breaker switches? This seems Ideal for a boat as there's no faffing about with fuses if an intermittent fault strikes.

As it happens Andy Billy is being rewired at the moment and we are fitting two six way circuit breaker panels amongst other products. We could do with some advice about constructing the panels. Fancy getting involved?
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