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.
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,
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.