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Old 31 May 2018, 11:01   #1
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Hi all

In preparation for the upcoming SIB outing around Arran and Bute Iíve purchased a couple of basic navigation aids and finally had a day off to make something to mount hem to my SIB.

Itís all ply. Basically a box with a 7ah AGM battery and a clamping system to attach the whole lot to one of my seats.

Itís narrow enough to fit next to me or can go on the seat in front.

Iím going to fit an on/off switch and a 12v power socket for charging phone, radio etc and also to recharge this battery. My outboard can charge it with a £50 overpriced Ďkití that just looks like a couple of wires to me! More investigation needed... anyone know any different? (Mariner 15hp 4 stroke 2018) However for now this will have enough power to keep me going.

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Old 31 May 2018, 12:26   #2
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Neat and similar to my Garmin setup. But I would just check nothing affects the compass with that close proximity. You can “swing” the compass comparing to the electronic one on the Garmin or a handheld a couple of meters away.

I’d be happy with £50 for the maker’s charge kit... my Suzuki one is £115 which has just tipped me away from getting it but probably will one day.
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Old 31 May 2018, 12:59   #3
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I was concerned all that electric would affect the compass so I tested it with the Garmin there against nothing and also switched on and off. No difference which surprised me actually.
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Old 31 May 2018, 14:21   #4
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Iíd be happy with £50 for the makerís charge kit... my Suzuki one is £115 which has just tipped me away from getting it but probably will one day.

I'm with Gazz, i would be choked to pay £50 for a simple wiring loom




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Old 31 May 2018, 14:53   #5
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Looks good that, is the charging kit jut a loom or with a rectifier control box mine was similar price to fenlander including rectifier bracket etc.
Compass wise mine didn't seem to be affected but I expect to use it when all electronics are dead any way.
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If it is just the cables and you were sure there were no discrete electronic components in the plugs then of course a DIY cable job would suffice.

As Jeff says ours have more components for their elevated price.
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Box does the job If you've got inline fuses in your box, keep a few spare ones with spare push connectors, foot or so of wire, electrical tape and a pair of old pliers in the box as well. I would buy a good quality, flush as possible power switch and keep a spare in the box as the switch will get hard life on the box being knocked about and kit, feet on top of it etc. .
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Box does the job If you've got inline fuses in your box, keep a few spare ones with spare push connectors, foot or so of wire, electrical tape and a pair of old pliers in the box as well. I would buy a good quality, flush as possible power switch and keep a spare in the box as the switch will get hard life on the box being knocked about and kit, feet on top of it etc. .


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Good idea keeping spares inside. Iíll do that
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