Category Archives: Marine Electrical Switches

Breaker Boots?

Hello Ez,

I am going to be buying one of your snap together eight switch marine electrical panels.

I notice that you offer the option of purchasing "breaker boots" along with the panel. I'm new to boat wiring, so could you please tell me - what are breaker boots?

Marine electrical circuit breaker and boot

Thanks for your help with clearing this up.


The breaker boots are rubber covers that make the circuit breakers more water resistant. If the panel will be mounted on a horizontal surface or the boat will not be covered, I would recommend the boots.

If it is vertical and the boat is covered, the boots are not very attractive and I would not opt for them.

Hope this helps,


Custom Switch Panel?


I have been admiring the marine electrical switch panels that you offer and would like to inquire about help building a custom switch panel for my Mainship Trawler.Mainship

My panel is 7.25” wide by 8.5” high. It is mounted on another panel that is 10.5” x 13.5” high that also has a radio mounted in the bottom. It has 14 switches, one of which is a spare today.

Here is what I am hoping to get:

  • ·A switch panel that is no wider than 9 inches and no higher than 8.5 inches
  • All switches to be backlit so they are visible at night
  • The following switches with labels to be included:
    1. Fuel Gauge (one position switch with light showing when it is on)
    2. Courtesy Lights (one position switch with light showing when it is on)
    3. Dome Lights (one position switch with light showing when it is on)
    4. Trim Tabs (one position switch with light showing when it is on)
    5. Horn – switch (push button ty)
    6. Navigation lights (two position for both Anchor and Navigation)
    7. Deck Lights (one position switch with light showing when it is on)
    8. Cabin Fan (one position switch with light showing when it is on)
    9. DC Refrigerator (one position switch with light showing when it is on)
    10. Live Well (one position switch with light showing when it is on)
    11. Wiper – Left (one position switch with light showing when it is on)
    12. Wiper – Center (one position switch with light showing when it is on)
    13. Wiper – Right (one position switch with light showing when it is on)
    14. Salt Water Wash Down – (one position switch with light showing when it is on)

Can you please let me know if you can do this?


I really appreciate your interest in working with us, but I’m afraid that we won’t be able to help with your project.

At this time, we do not build custom switch panels and none of our existing panels would even come close to your requirements.

I would suggest trying Paneltronics out of Florida. They may have built the original panel from your boat.



Harness Adaptors

Hi …

I have questions about purchasing your company’s complete boat wiring harness with the snap together connectors.

I just took a 2002 Key Largo 206 center console in trade while selling my other boat. The wiring on this boat is pretty much a mess so I have been purchasing up all kinds of things to re-do it.boat wiring adaptors

I will be installing a Faria four gauge set with speedometer, tachometer, fuel, and volt gauges. The current panel has a switch with 4 toggles for navigation lights, livewell, automatic bilge pump, and one accessory switch. Each of these switches has an adjacent circuit breaker.

I will be installing a momentary horn switch in the panel. I intend to install a Blue Sea Systems 7650 “add a battery” setup and and a Blue Sea 5025 fuse block.


Does your whole boat wiring include the other side of the snap together plug or is the pigtail just straight wiring that connects to my setup, accessories, etc.



If you purchase the “snap together” option on our boat wiring harness, then the helm connection for the harness as a 12 position connector pre-installed and an adaptor comes with it. The snap together harness also includes snap together connectors for all of the accessories, adaptors, and tie wraps.

If you purchase the “doesn’t snap together” option, the helm connection and all other connections (except the battery) have bare ends. You install your own terminals and connect them to your devices.

Hope this helps,


Total Rewire Recommendations?


All that I can say is WOW!

I actually just found your website accidentally…It was one of those one link, to the next, and so on. Ultimately, it was Ed’s Boat Tips that led me to your site.

Here’s my potential boat wiring project. Starcraft Center Console fishing boat

I’ve got a 1970’s 22 foot Starcraft Center Console that has been trailer bound for years now – lack of money and twin young boys will do that to you!

Anyway, I’m the probably 2nd or 3rd owner of this boat, and since I’ve let it sit, everything has pretty muched turn to what rhymes with “sit”. It needs a new console, decking, etc. If I’m going to pull all of the old, I want the electrical to be as good as new, since prior owners had made it a bit of a rats nest, and, modern electrical is a heck of a lot nicer and better than what was being done in the 70’s.

I’ve reviewed your marine electrical stuff and have to say I’m quite impressed.

I’d like to put in a new switch panel and replace the boat electrical system from bow to stern, including new batteries, switches, the works with the exception of navigation lights and gauges.

I’m running a 140hp outboard Mercury. For accessories, all I’m running is, an automatic bilge pump, running and interior courtesy lights, a VHF radio, and a GPS/fishfinder. We had added a 12v “cigarette lighter outlet”, but I see that your panels come with the auxiliary outlet as a built in option. The boat was set-up at one point for dual batteries; a cranking and a deep cycle. I’d like to continue to use that set-up.

Could you please tell me which of your systems you’d recommend? I saw the new “complete switch panels”, and it mentions that they are pre-wired. I was a bit confused if this was just the panel wiring, or also included wiring for the whole boat as well.



Thank you for the kind words.

First, choose a switch panel. If one of them will fit in your available space, one of our pre-wired, snap together panels are the easiest install. The include all of the switch panel wiring, adaptors, mounting screws, and extra breakers. They do not come with the boat wiring harness that connect all of your boat’s accessories.

If you want to use your boat’s original switch panel or build you own, but need to replace the panel wiring, our Panel Rewire Kit will save you loads of time and money. Just like our wired panels, it will also “snap together” quickly and correctly with other parts on our site.

Whether you go with our panel or a rewire kit, the next step is to choose a snap together boat wiring harness that will plug directly into either one.

All of our harnesses come with all the adaptors necessary to connect to your existing lights and pumps. I would use either the 15′-20′ harness (diagram) or the 20′-25′ harness (diagram). All of the dimensions on the diagrams are in inches. Be sure to check the fit to make sure the breakout lengths will be adequate. Sometimes the available wire routing on a center console boat is longer than expected.

Please let us know if you have any questions,

Kevin Hannula


Thanks for the really quick follow-up.

I’m not sure how soon this project will come together, but now that I’ve got a better understanding of which components I’ll need, I can plan much better. I would think your longer harness will be the better bet as measurements just from the deck up to a switch panel could be a couple feet just by themselves.

I was always wondering when or if someone would go into the “boat wiring harness” business. This type of thing has been around for cars/trucks for a long time now, and seem to be down to a pretty good science. I think with boats it’s gets a little harder as true wiring diagrams, especially for older boats were never done, or since a lot of boats are ordered “custom” from the factory, it was never bothered to be done.

Your website and links have been saved. I hope to get working on this in the next few months.