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Old 14-09-2015, 21:30   #91
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Re: Raymarine Ev tiller low battery alarm

great news. Glad i could help.Enjoy your boating.

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Old 14-09-2015, 22:28   #92
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Re: Raymarine Ev tiller low battery alarm

Possibly, but I think that maybe your problem is more in the many connectors in the Red/Yellow cable going to the bus bar. Certainly could be wrong but if one of those connections is iffy then you have just put a band aid on the wound, so to speak.
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Which red and yellow cables do you mean and why? I don't want a band aid. I want a safe electrical system that I don't have to worry about starting a fire or going out at the wrong moment. Like the autopilot failing and shouting off wen I am on deck reefing in a gale

All the tiny red and yellow wires, if those are what you are talking about are just the wires for the lights on the circuit breaker panel itself that come on when a switch is on. But maybe you are talking about different wires.

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Old 15-09-2015, 21:29   #94
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Ok, I know we are all probably sick of this, and I am too, but it's not perfect.

I spent the afternoon, after tensioning my standing rigging, which really needed to be done, and giving the boat a solid cleaning, drilling a hole to run the big black number four cable and attaching it to the bottom bolt on my bus bar.

It seem to be better but not fixed. Where the old, crummy looking black wire that was already there, that I hooked up again on top of the new black wire and the low battery went away and everything was getting power.

Why would that thinner wire do the trick but mine didn't? Is it where it is hooked to the bus bar?
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Old 16-09-2015, 03:28   #95
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Re: Raymarine Ev tiller low battery alarm

The cable you used might be broken or might have thin wire but thick insulation, or where you connected it it didnt make good contact with bar due to paint or lacquer on bar,

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IT is a brand new cable I used. I will check the connection. I'm just dreading taking off the circuit panel again. Each time I worry I'm going to rip out a wire. They are so packed together back there.
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If a wire breaks or comes loose when you take panel out this is not a bad thing as it would probably do the same in rough conditions

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Re: Raymarine Ev tiller low battery alarm

The Red/Yellow cables (two wires in a sheath) are clearly visible in your pictures at both the battery and the bus bar end. They have been spliced or have inline connections/fuses in the wires. These seem to be the wires feeding your power bus.
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The red and yellow ones on the circuit panel are to hook up the on and off light lights for the circuit switches. The ones on th batteries are the connectors for my prosport 20 shore power charger.
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Oh, okay. Sorry about that.
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This did help me to learn where all my wires go and what they are for. Before I didn't know where the bilge wires went as an example, so if one went out, I would. Have to follow it, and it might not be a good time for that. But now I now where the start and and and a lot of the wires that were mystery wires aren't a mystery anymore,
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Hey mate how did you go with main house negative wire??

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I enter out today and the wire I made, the four gauge, didn't seem to work, but when I hooked up the older one, things worked like a charm!

Totally different than just last week when I was constantly getting low power alarms. The wind was 25 and I was single handed reeling and trying not to get blown to bits and the autopilot stayed powered and worked hard all day. Big difference than barely able to motor and use the autopilot. It was fighting some really rough seas, and not complaining.

So I just cut and made an eight gauge wire with proper crimped battery connector and circuit breaker connector and I am just going to take off the old wire that is working but looks a bit unsafe and put this one directly in its place. I'll take the four gauge that isn't doing anything off and run this eight gauge through the hole I drilled. This should work.

You really nailed it calling for a missing ground to the battery.
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Sardean and Deepfryz deserve a lot of thanks for helping me solve a potentially very expensive problem, but more so a very important problem. It turned out to be not the auto pilot. That was just a symptom of a greater problem. The greater problem was that I wasn't getting enough voltage through my batteries and it turns out it was grounded poorly. So with the addition of a new ground wire direct from my circuit panel's negative bus bar too my battery everything works, thanks guys!

(Side note. Figured out why the big fat black four gauge wire didn't work, it's another duh moment. I put it on the side of the bus that isn't connected to anything. Whoops. I remembered tonight when I was reattaching the wires on my circuit panel to clean it up, I didn't put any black wires on that side for a reason, the reason being it isn't attached. It would have to have a small wire going from one bar to the next. Kind of like I have my batteries connected by a black wire, some times I tell ya'.".....)
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Great news that you had a nice sail with everything working well. DONT put any circuitbreaker or fuse in the negative side



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