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