Well, the cover is off, the boat is washed up and itís in the garage for the remainder of her refit.
This weekend I worked on the 12V DC electrical. I installed the battery, and ran a bunch of new wires.
I did get to re-use some of the old lighting wires that were already there. I needed to clean them really good before I could solder them.

I found this little trick on the internet:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-perfectly-clean-wires-in-minutes/

I mixed up the solutions as the article suggested, and it worked pretty well.
My wires were pretty corroded, and the two minute idea just wasnít enough.
I ended up fanning out the wires a bit, scraping them with a knife a little to open a few spots in the oxide and I left them in the solution for about 10 minutes.
It worked really well. I was able to solder all the wires. Pretty cool.
Next I mounted the battery and tied it down with a spare bungee.
Itís ok for now, but I may have to change this to a strap instead of a bungee at some point.



I ran the main battery wire to the main cut off switch that I mounted in the back of the cockpit where the old electrical gauges were located.
Once switched, I ran them up to my breaker panel under the step into the cabin.





I mounted the breaker panel on a Stainless hinge setup so I can remove a couple of screws and get at the ďBusiness EndĒ of the wiring.





I used one of the circuits to connect the combo volt meter, 12 volt outlet and USB charger ports.
I used another circuit to connect the red, green and white running lights. Last summer I converted these to LEDís, very efficient and nice and cool running as well.
My next circuit was for the interior cabin lights. I rewired the ďdome lampĒ, added an on/off switch and converted it to LEDís as well. Looks nice and bright now.







For a little extra convenience, I added LEDís under the forward edge of the quarter births.
These little stick on LEDís were very inexpensive and they sure will help with finding things under those births.





The last part of the 12 volt system was to add a length of wire that goes from the battery directly up into the cabin where I will connect a battery tender Jr. to keep the battery charged.
I have a love/hate relationship with these little chargers; I have had them kill a couple of batteries before I figured out that they will cook off a battery if left on all the time.
The trick seems to be to put them on a timer and only let them stay on for an hour a day or so.
Once I discovered this little trick, my batteries have lasted a very long time.
You have to leave them on longer if you have been using the battery of course.
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