Originally Posted by albergsailor
Just seems like a simpler setup to just run some wires to a ignition switch, especially since i for one would only have a 3 and a half foot wire run. Simpler less chance of failure, right? Im not sure how much amp runs thru that exciter wire, ide have to test it to see., If it isnt too much i can just use a ignition switch i suppose
My last boat (Cal-39) didn't' have a relay. The power to the starter solenoid was all the way from the engine
, to the panel in the cockpit
and back to the starter solenoid, probably 12-15' total run).
The problem is that any corrosion
in the wire or connections really impacts the current
. This was a big deal one night when a gail came up and I started dragging and the engine
wouldn't start because a connection had gotten corroded.
So the answer; yes getting rid of the relay it less complicated, but less reliable. But if your circuit really is only 3.5 feet like you say I would probably get rid of my relay.