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Old 16 May 2016, 12:02   #1
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Expensive Bulb replacement (console refit)

So last year, after years of I want, I got a 10 year old rib.
It was a low use boat and I planned to run it of the summer, see what it needed and upgrade over the winter.....

During the summer i realised new maps were almost as expensive as a small new gps, the depth sounder only worked in deep water when you weren't moving and that the vhf was a bit deaf.
A few days before end of the season the Tachometer stopped working (in sympathy with the trim gauge and fuel gauge), probably just a loose connection I thought.

Then I set about replacing a nav light bulb.....
Mmmmm. That looks quite corroded I thought. better to replace bulb and fitting.
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Mmmmm. I thought, that's domestic wire not proper cable. No wonder it looks so corroded.

Mmmmm. Those cable joins are a bit of trouble waiting to happen. Still the workmanship matches the rest of the installation.
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Let's have a look at those switches. Mmmmm. They're not great and there aren't enough switches anyway. Out they came.

Might as well replace the gauges with shiny new ones too I thought.

So having set out to replace a bulb. I ripped out all the old wiring.
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This is where I discovered Ribnet and all the knowledge it provides for free.

I bought a fancy new fused switch panel (no inaccessible fuses under the console for me anymore), new fish finder gps ( I don't fish), new gauges and got a couple of panels made from Starboard by protoboat for less than I could have bought the tools.

I ran new cables (once I found a seller-Ribnet for the answer) and got someone who knew what they were doing to join it all up.

Ever the pessimist I allowed it was cheaper to pay a professional than to regret the electrical fire at the furthest point form help that might be the result of my expert installation. Interesting, one of the "professionals" told me "ah, I just put 25 amp fuses in everything. Sure if it's gone it's gone". Obviously he wasn't expecting to be on the boat when the 25 amps helped a fire to start.

Along the way I discovered the reason the vhf was so shy. The cable fell out of the base of the aerial when I wiggled it. (At least the last owner had bought me a brand new Icom as the old radio was equally deaf!). Did I mention the new aerial.

After a few months of staring at the internet, grazed knuckles and lots of messing it all came together and now everything works.
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So how expensive is it to replace a light bulb?
You do the maths

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Old 16 May 2016, 12:36   #2
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Brilliant upgrades! Worth every penny

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Sounds like a boat. :-(

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Old 19 May 2016, 10:23   #4
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Yes, and I wasn't even surprised.
(the original light works now, by the way)
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