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Old 29 December 2018, 13:06   #11
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.......they are better as no spare fuses are needed to be carried.......

I see the logic in this but in reality, when was the last time you actually blew a fuse / tripped a breaker?
If it does happen "out there" chances are you're not going to diagnose the fault that caused it and fix it until you get "back to base", if just pushing the breaker back in resolves it...fair to say, it shouldn't have tripped in the first place and a fuse probably wouldn't have blown?

I carry half a dozen spare fuses but can't remember ever needing to use one.
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I see the logic in this but in reality, when was the last time you actually blew a fuse / tripped a breaker?
If it does happen "out there" chances are you're not going to diagnose the fault that caused it and fix it until you get "back to base", if just pushing the breaker back in resolves it...fair to say, it shouldn't have tripped in the first place and a fuse probably wouldn't have blown?

I carry half a dozen spare fuses but can't remember ever needing to use one.
+1 never blown a fuse in 40 odd years OMO keep it simple especially where water is concerned
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I seem to recall that the question on breakers vs fuses has been asked previously and I think the general view was that fuses win the day due to the simplicity.

The Contura panels are water resistant and the literature suggests they should withstand salt spray, rain, hose pipes etc. Do you think yours are failing due to water ingress or something else? if it's the former, it might be the sealing of the switch to the console rather than the integrity of the switch.

You could fit the Weatherdeck switches, which are more water resistant, but sod's law is that the hole cut outs are different.

As a result I'd buy the same and check the integrity of the switch to console joint.

The switches are rated at 20A and include 15A fuses. I'm assuming that you haven't upgraded the fuses to more than the switch can take (for a very big bilge pump for example)
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I think I've been convinced to stick to fuses.


"Weather-deck" cut outs deffo different.

The positioning of the fuses sort of take the whole of the middle of the console so my next question is whether to just replace the whole panel with a new one and seal it better (I can see that the mastic is/has broken down) or move it to the RHS of the wheel and plonk another plotter in the middle...


Oh ,and can someone tell me where I can get a new ON/OFF red/green isolator decal from and mine's also looking worse for wear

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I guess I could move it underneath the current chart plotter
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Moving the switches would free up some real estate for a bigger chart plotter. You'll have to check the the console structure between the helm pump and the switch panel hole is man enough to support the loads from the wheel. If it is flexing, that could overwhelm the seal and cause the water ingress.

The switches come with a neoprene seal which is slightly squashy. If the console face is rigid enough, that should overcome any water ingress issues.

I like the stealth black look.
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Stealth black. Hehe:

it was once described as the "Batmobile!"
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