Originally Posted by er9
thats kind of what i was thinking when i asked the original question because the few items that bypass the distribution panel or breakers all havi inline fuses. im not sure how robust those glass fuses are. the blue sea fuse block looks interesting. might be the solution to use as it keeps all the fuses neat and tidy in one place.
OK, now I understand what you are getting at. I call this a power distribution point. I have two in my engine
space, one positive and one negative, both near the batteries
. I made my own. One inch wide by 1/4" thick. You can buy silver washed copper at onlinemetals.com. I drilled and tapped for three bolts on each distribution point. Used stainless steel
bolts - 1/4 and 5/16 IIRC. Stainless is not a great conductor but the ring terminals are in direct contact with the copper bar so it does not matter. IMPORTANT: Make a plexiglass cover to prevent possible short circuit to nearby grounds.
The only things on the distribution points are heavy wiring
going to things like anchor windlass
, main circuit breaker panel and a secondary set of circuit breakers. In addition to the main circuit breaker panel the secondary circuit breakers are for HF radio
power, battery charger
- the higher load items that don't go through the main C/B panel.