I decided to re do my electrics 2 years ago. I first tackled the DC side which is the vast majority of the wiring. I did everything to ABYC standards.
This Fall I am re doing the AC side. Ripped everything out and installed a selector switch and main panel on the complete opposite side of the boat. The AC wiring is in a relatively inaccessible locker which I have now called my electrical
closet. I have a chematic diagram in a plastic sleeve on the inside of the locker door. The electrical closet is also close to the shore power inlet. I moved the inverter
to the electrical closet but the #2AWG wires come in from the bottom and are completely isolated from AC wiring which is all triplex marine
wire and at the top side of the closet. The battery charger
lives in this closet too at the bottom with the inverter
. So now all DC wiring and panels. switches etc are on port and all AC on starboard and both with indicator lights and so forth are visible from the entire main cabin
After tie up the wires I will install a plexi cover on "stand offs" so nothing touch any of the wiring as I have done with the DC wiring on the port side of the engine
room. This is would have been the greatest shorting hazard as one works with wrenches on the engine
(changing filters and oil
for example) and so forth in close proximity to busses, fuse block and so forth.
I've labeled most of the wires using printed labels and clear shrink wrap so I can identify where the wire is going or coming from. Without that it is quite confusing. I continue to add labels when I have time and like a jog saw puzzle it gets easier as you come to the end.
This has been a daunting task,which tool lots of planning and time for execution, but I feel that I have both the DC and the AC under control and up to ABYC standards as they should be. Shiva, as a crusing and once live aboard yacht has loads of electrical devices and gear
which has been added over the years... and will be seeing changes in the years to come.
A good job is never done!