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Shocking!

Well, not really, and I hope to never get shocked while working on or while being aboard Flirt. I am a stage Electrician by trade, often dealing with 400amp service (we have 5 of those panels on the main stage of the Borgata, so a combined total 0f 2000 amps) and voltage from a measly 12v up to 440v. Getting shocked is not new to me, but it is not something I enjoy by any stretch of the imagination.

 

Past hobbies have included restomodding many a European car down on it’s luck (I still have a Saab 900 SPG) so working on 12v electrics is not alien to me in the least, but I have never played with electrons on the water before and I certainly did not want to get them pissed off at me enough that all my hard work goes up in flames as I accidently released all the magical smoke from the wires.

 

Knowing that I am now working in the cabin area, I needed to start considering how and where to start running wires for such important things as Bilge pumps, Navigation lights, cabin lights, and the eventual electric engine I am going to be installing into Flirt rather than hanging an ugly outboard off of her pert little stern (that’s a later story). I did not want to get everything together and then have to start running wires.. I hate doing negative work (as you do) so having a plan was utmost in mind.

 

With in order, I got my hands on a book I cannot recommend enough. Don Casey’s “Sailboat Electrics Simplified”

 

 Sailboat Electrics Simplified

Between it’s hard covers is enough information to keep anybody from doing this to a boat:

Flirt's electrical Panel

There's a bilge pump down there

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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