I am pretty frustrated -- there seems to be no end in sight to this boat. The electrical wiring
is nearing completion but there is just one headache after another.
I could use some help and suggestions please.
1. My two bilge
pumps -- one in the salon
and one in the engine compartment -- are wired into the always on circuitry on the Blue Sea Battery
Management Panel 8686. Well, the problem is that now I have lost
the ability to turn the switches on manually. And I dont want the whole bulkhead to go back to the piecemeal look of panels
and knobs and switches here and there. I am not sure what to do. I ASSUME it is a good and necessary thing to be able to manually work the bilge
pumps? Or maybe not? I thought I was being clever by embedding the bilge pumps in the 8686, but I guess not.
2. I want use the pre-existing antenna
at the top of the mast
for my Yeasu FT7800R. I was going to run the coax to my Daiwa CS-201 coax switch.... but then it occurred to me that the antenna
on the mast
that will be used with the the new Icom
504 might not be compatible with my VHF/UHF radio
. yes, I am a ham and yes I am very ignorant about frequencies and wave lengths. It just has always been hard for me to "get" some stuff.
3. I am going to hook up my Icom
R75 and my Icom 718 side by side in one of the salon
side cabinets. (I think the receiver on the 75 is superior to the receiver on the 718 and I am hooking up the 718 cause I cannot afford a dedicated SSB
right now) thought about running two seperate power leads to the panel but then I thought why not run just one wire to the cabinet and then hook it to a busbar and then wire the radios to the busbar. How do I figure the size of the wire? Each of the Icoms' powerleads are fused and each is about 6 feet long. Do I only fuse the one long powerlead to the panel from the busbar and make new very short leads sans fuses
for the radios, or do I bundle the existing powerleads with their in-line fuses
and use those and just have one regular long powerlead to the panel?
4. I bought a new engine hour meter. The old meter has the old hours on it. It was wired so that each time the engine instrument panel instruments were activated -- whether or not the engine was running -- the hour meter would run!!!. I only learned this because I bought a log when I bought the boat and dutifully recorded any project
I did in the log. Since there was a place for the hourmeter, I dutifully recorded the engine hour meter knowing full well the boat was not and had not been anywhere. Had I not done such a trivial thing, I would have not noticed the additional 40 mins engine operating time.... but I digress.... Is there the right and legal
way to "add" the old hours to the new meter? Simple log note? Install the old one in the engine compartment and keep it there as a way to be honest?
4. I swapped out one of the preexisting LEDs in the Blue Sea 8084 panel. I wanted the propane
tank valve to be on the Blue Sea panel but I wanted to KNOW when the switched was on -- so I swapped out the existing amber LED for a red LED. Now I am having doubts -- I got rid of the Trident LPG Switch panel and am now using the Blue Sea panel. But maybe there is logic for NOT using an existing electrical
panel and in using a separate panel for the propane
5. The 8084 is an AC/DC combo panel. The back is open and easily accessible -- that is, the AC section is right next to the DC. I thought I read somewhere here that the AC must be kept physically isolated. yet, the panel came this way. The only way to get to the back of the panel is to drop into to the engine compartment. Do people build dividers for the back of their ACDC panels
6. I had a Guest 10 AMP charger
. (its 5 months old and for sale
BTW) for the two batteries. The new Protech 1220i 20amp 3 bank charger
makes noise. It makes a fan noise and it makes a quiet "electrical" noise too. The Guest was dead silent. Is it normal for a larger charger to make an electrical noise? It has been in constant operation for 5 days now and everything seems to be ok..... but I am worried. Thoughts?
Thanks much -- really appreciate your help.