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Old 11 May 2013, 02:12   #1
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Fuse box / Switch box - advice please

I am replacing the current mish mash of wiring for my small Rib.

I would like to consolidate the fusing arrangements in one 'box'. This will be housed in the forward locker on the console (not fully waterproof) and ideally can remain loose so I can remove or move.

I am running a fixed VHF, Chartplotter/Fishfinder combined and a small bilge pump.

Any suggestions as to the best solution

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Old 11 May 2013, 03:44   #2
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BlueSea 6 way would fit the bill perfectly well.
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Just fitted one of these myself and was very impressed with it. Very good quality. They are available with and without negative bus. I went for one with and it has made a very neat job. Best price I found was amazon.

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Yeah I have got one too, very good stuff and useful little labels.
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Me too-used the 12 fuse version with neg bus on the Ballictic, and the Searider has a 6 fuse vesion.

Pack the back with grease though or your fuses will corrode faster than the box does.
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Me too-used the 12 fuse version with neg bus on the Ballictic, and the Searider has a 6 fuse vesion.

Pack the back with grease though or your fuses will corrode faster than the box does.
What like this - rewired a month ago, submerged on Saturday, gone by Sunday!!
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Nowhere near that bad!

It's possible to remove the back of the Blue Sea panels and pack the inside with something. Mine's packed with Corrosion Block grease, and the fuses are greased too.

No problems since I did it.
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When u say pack back of it what do you mean?
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Before you fit it, unclip/unscrew the back to expose the metal inside and grease it up inside.
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Do you really need a fusebox?

At what point do you really need a fuse box to do a neat instalation?.
I didnt bother with one on the SR5.4 and I cant see the instalation being any more reliable with one.
I took everything straight back to the master switch and put an inline rubber waterproof blade fuse packed with vaseline on each pos lead. all the negatives go straight to the battery negative.
1 fuse for the GPS
1 fuse for the radio,
1 one for the lighting.
and I think thats all I have. any more than 4 or 5 would get messy, but at least this way NOTHING shares any wiring so it should be more reliable.
I think the instruments get power from the 704 box and are fused in the power head IIRC.
I dont think i would do it any different next time.
but then again the battery is convieniently placed to run all separate circuits.
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