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Old 03-01-2013, 13:52   #1
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Electrical Panel Source?

I am looking for a 4 or 6 gang electrical panel similar to the Ancor ANC-553004 shown in the attached image. Marinco tells me this product (2, 4, 6 and 8 gang) is discontinued. What I'm looking to do is install a new sub-panel in a fairly tight space (~5"x6") that has at least 4 breaker positions ranging from 5-30 amps each. And I would prefer NOT to have any LED indicators, gauges or other 'cool' features. Just 4-6 breaker positions. I need the panel as part of an autopilot installation (2 circuits) and plan to add a couple other circuits later.

If I can't find such a panel, then I may have to buy a sheet of aluminum and drill the holes myself.

Any ideas for an alternative source?

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Re: Electrical Panel Source?

try this link 12 Volt DC 4 Position - PN 1116 - Blue Sea Systems
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Thanks - I've seen that Blue Seas panel and it seems to be the modern equivalent. Lots of indicators and backlights and the new type of breaker. All of which drives the price up ($145 at Defender). I was really hoping to keep the price down a good bit less. I would also have to buy a new breaker (one of the autopilot ckts requires 25A) and then stock a new type of spare.

I was really hoping to stay 'old fashioned' if possible.
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Re: Electrical Panel Source?

Greg, Try Paneltronics. If they don't have an off the shelf, they will make one for you. Chuck
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Old 03-01-2013, 14:27   #5
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I replaced all wiring and the electric panel on my 50 year old boat because the old one was a mess after a lot of kludging from the previous owner.
I made my own panel because I couldn't find what I was looking for and most standard panel where quite expensive for a piece of plastic.

However I did use hard plastic not aluminium. Imagine 1 or 2 wires getting loose and accidentally touching the aluminium. Nice fireworks, you could use aluminium with a thin sheet of plastic behind it.
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Hmm - just left a voicemail for the technician at PanelTronics. They have a 3 position version that might work. Will ask about 4 positions.

ccgarnaal - did you work with a template or just measure, mark & drill all the holes? If you have a template, would love to have a copy! Agree re the metal fireworks! Would probably look to lexan or some type of thin hard plastic.
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Thanks - I've seen that Blue Seas panel and it seems to be the modern equivalent. Lots of indicators and backlights and the new type of breaker. All of which drives the price up ($145 at Defender). I was really hoping to keep the price down a good bit less. I would also have to buy a new breaker (one of the autopilot ckts requires 25A) and then stock a new type of spare.

I was really hoping to stay 'old fashioned' if possible.
You often get what you pay for. The Blue Sea stuff is excellent quality as is Paneltronics and Bass..
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Take at look at this one 75$

Be sure to get carling style breakers, remember if you throw peanuts you get monkeys
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Aaa Breaker Panel 3 Gang Led Lights Binnacle.com
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Hmm - just left a voicemail for the technician at PanelTronics. They have a 3 position version that might work. Will ask about 4 positions.

ccgarnaal - did you work with a template or just measure, mark & drill all the holes? If you have a template, would love to have a copy! Agree re the metal fireworks! Would probably look to lexan or some type of thin hard plastic.
I just measured and put markings with a thin permanent marker.
Drilled small holes at the corners of the square holes.
And milled out the square wholes with a dremel multitool loose in hand.
After the work was done you just wash away the permanent marker with a solvent.

Don't use pencil, graphite is a conductor and I've seen some strange stuff happening with that too.
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Re: Electrical Panel Source?

That binnacle.com one seems to be the Paneltronics model with a different name?

turns out that Paneltronics has both a lighted and non-lighted version. The non-lighted, 3 gang model seems to be the closest I can get. Would love to have 1-2 extra positions for future expansion, but you can't have everything. And it comes pre-wired with breakers installed. I'll have to swap out one of the breakers to meet the min load req'd for the autopilot motor/pump unit, but that's OK.

Thanks for the quick assist!
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