Anyone want to help design a basic boat circuit for me

Discussion in 'OnBoard Electronics & Controls' started by DrinkCoke, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. DrinkCoke
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    DrinkCoke New Member

    Hello,

    Sorry if this has been asked before.

    I'm trying to rebuilt a pontoon boat and need help with my electrical circuit.
    Parts I have and want to use:

    Headlights (two)
    nav lights (red green white)
    horn
    radio
    Charger (new)
    inverter for AC (new)
    Panel with 6 switches (new from bass pro)
    fuse (size 10 or 15a) ??

    I havent messed with the orignal circuit for the Motor and willing to keep it as is to keep things easy (no fuse tho ??). Thinking I'll only need to design this secondary circuit for everything else.

    I want to be able to charge my 2nd battery at night, I do have a 3rd I could use. The Motor always charged itself.

    I have basic electrical experience and know i can build it, if I knew I had a solid schematic to follow. I'd rather not pay anyone as I want to do this myself as much as I can for cost/pride.

    Saftey First and Thank You
    Drink Coke
     
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  3. DrinkCoke
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    DrinkCoke New Member

    Yea I saw this, it's way more than I need to do. It's creates many questions for me, Isnt there with a simpler design with just the componets I've listed ?

    Thank You in advance
     
  4. gonzo
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    You can split the circuit in parts. The battery charger gets connected directly to the batteries. There is a feed to the panel 12 AWG which should go through a battery switch. Each panel switch feeds a line to each of your components. You can use duplex 16AWG. The inverter is a dangerous piece of equipment; particularly on a pontoon. The possibility of electrocution and death is high. However, if you must have it, install it in a waterproof enclosure with GFI exterior rated outlets.
     
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    Everything in the box marked "typical engine bay wiring" is probably already there, so if you blot that out there is just a very simple circuit left.

    I included a bilge blower and an automatic pump because in my opinion these are mandatory, but you since they are not on your list you probably have a hand pump and open a hatch before starting the engine.
     
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