Whaler Restoration – Electrical

Installing and wiring all of the electrical components was probably the most fun part of this entire restoration. Here’s all that was done:

1. The battery was installed under the port console. This was done to 1. move a little weight to the port side of the boat and 2. make use of the relatively unused room beneath the console. Footmans loops were screwed and 4200’ed into the deck. (This may actually not hold, and the screws will most likely pull out with the weight of the battery). If so, I’ll epoxy a piece of starboard to the deck, and then mount the battery to that. Blue lashing straps are used to hold down the battery (wrapping around the battery and attaching to the footmans loops).

2. 4 gauge battery cables were used to “extend” the posts of the battery to beneath the seat. This was done to allow easy charging of the battery when in the garage as the charging cables can be hooked to the posts under the seat, and the battery beneath the console doesn’t need to be touched unless it is being serviced or replaced.

3. A battery switch (not pictured) was installed in the rear storage compartment behind the seat. This switch gives power to the boat, and more importantly, prevents battery drain when the boat is being stored.

4. A switched fuse panel was installed in the starboard console. I wired custom harnesses for each of the 6 switches, so all components on the boat can be easily attached and serviced, and even moved to other switches if need be. Heat shrink connectors and sleeves were used for all harnesses. 3 of the switches are currently being used ( accessory power, marine radio, navigation lights ). In the future, I will add interior lighting and possibly a solar trickle charger for the battery when out on the water.

5. An accessory and voltage panel was installed in the side or the port console. This switched panel includes: a 12v lighter socket, 2 USB charging ports, battery voltage monitor. The most important of these is the voltage monitor, as it will tell me battery status while out on the water, and I can make sure I’m not draining it too much while the motor isn’t running.

6. A GPS marine / weather radio was installed in the port console. It is attached to a 3ft antenna installed behind the starboard rear storage compartment. This radio is highly reviewed and rated, and great for communication while on the water. Its distress functionality can even broadcast the GPS coordinates of the boat.

All wires are routed through the under seat storage bin via 2″ diameter holes drilled into the mahogany. These holes are finished off with 2″ hard plastic grommets, sealed with 4200, to protect both the cables and wood.

All wires are wrapped in protective water-resistant sleeving, zip-tied together, and even suspended from the deck of the boat via footmans loops and velcro attachments.

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