Category Archives: Complete Small Boat Wiring Systems

Small Sailboat Wiring

Kevin,

I have a 1976 Siren 17. It is missing nearly all of the wiring for the lights and the horn.

Siren 17 Catalog

I am wondering if this is something that you would be able to provide in order to help with the rewiring of the boat?

Thanks for your advice.

Hi,

Our complete small boat wiring kit might be the perfect solution for your boat.

When you put together your kit, just select the navigation lights and horn option. This will give you all of the parts that you need.

As for installation, the box on the rear of the panel is easily removed for a flush install or leave it on for a below bulkhead or seat install. All of the leads are 12' long. If you mount the control panel near the middle of your boat you will be able to reach the bow and stern with the wiring.

I hope that this is helpful. Please let me know if you need any more information.

Kevin

Retro Rewire

Kevin,

I need help with the boat wiring on a 1956 Feathercraft.

The boat is 14 feet long and I want to wire it for bow lights, navigation lights, horn, GPS, speedometer and volt/amp meter. I would also like the option of adding a stereo and spotlight in the future.

1956-Feathercraft-catalog

I'm starting with a blank slate except I have already purchased the vintage style horn, lights and GPS speedometer. I'm especially concerned about keeping the retro look by using toggle switches even though I will be running a modern motor with start/remote.

Can you point me in the right direction on this? I assume you have adapters to fit on the leads of my lights

Thanks.

Hi,

Nice boat!! We had a Feathercraft and a Wagemaker when I was a kid.

Since you will be using toggle switches, I would combine our Switch Panel Rewire Kit with our smallest Snap Together boat wiring harness.

This combination will give you all new wiring for your toggle switch, a modern Blue Seas fuse panel, and all of the accessory wiring for your components. And yes, we do include adaptors for all of your vintage accessories.

If any of your components need to be updated, all of our EZACDC components come pre-terminated with the snap together connector.

The rewire kit will allow you to maintain that vintage look with your toggles, but give you all new, tinned copper, correct color wiring for your boat. This kit plugs directly into the snap together harness to give you a modern OEM quality install.

If you choose to not use toggles, any of our snap together marine electrical switch panels will also plug directly into our harness. If you choose to wire the toggles switches yourself, we include a 12 position adaptor with all of our snap together harnesses to accommodate this type of install.

Hope this helps,

Kevin

Small Kit Too Small?

Hi there

We were looking at your Complete Small Boat Wiring kits for our small boat.

What do you suggest for people who need to install:crab puller

  • one crab puller
  • two electric downriggers
  • navigation and communication electronics
  • livewell pump
  • bilge pump
  • navigation lights
  • The three switch version seems a little small for this number of devices Could you please let me know if you agree?

    Thanks

Hi Kevin,

On small boats, crab pullers and down riggers are connected directly to the battery with circuit protection at the battery.

I agree that the three switch small boat system is too small for your application. Instead, you may want to consider one of our fully wired marine electrical switch panels which quickly snap together with one of our boat wiring harness. In your case, the five switch panel combined with a 15′-20′ harness should work great.

If you go with this setup, your new system would provide you all of the wiring needed for your livewell pump, bilge pump, and additional power for navigation and communication equipment.

Hope this helps,

Kevin

Complete Small Boat Wiring System?

Hello Ez,

Does your three-switch LED Complete Small Boat Wiring system have everything that I need for wiring the three switches? I want to connect a bilge pump, aerator, and maybe a portable radio – and am planning on adding one of your bilge pump kits to the order. EzAcDc Small Boat Wiring System

If I am missing anything or not clear, please provide input.

Thanks.

Hi,

The Small Boat System should work great for your project.

The three-switch kit includes the wiring for 3 switches. It is configured for one Nav/Anc, including 12′ of wiring for your bow and stern light, and two accessories with 12′ of accessory breakout wiring with snap together connector that will connect to any of our pumps or accessories. We include adapters for the accessory wiring so you could also use your own components.

If you wish to add a portable radio, you can get power either from the 12 volt receptacle directly or by piggy-backing your wiring off of the 12 volt receptacle wiring.

Hope this helps,

Kevin

Jon Boat Wiring

Hi,

I have a 14′ flat bottom all welded Jon Boat. I have no electrical on my boat whatsoever and am planning on purchasing the complete small boat wiring system. Livewell timer

I want the version with the deck mount standard navigation lights and two extra switches. It says the two extras are 12′ long. are they equipped with the “snap together” connector, or just the wires?

I also want to add a livewell. I looked at the Attwood pumps. I wanted to have a 7-12 gallon home made live well. Which pump would be best for me?

Also I wanted some Auxiliary lights for night trot lining. I probably want three or four lights around my boat. Do you offer like that? Also can I wire all of those together to one switch??

Thank you for all your help.

Hi,

You are correct.

The accessory wire breakouts have snap together connectors on the ends to allow they to connect directly to any of our accessories, like our livewell pumps. Our best value livewell pump is the Attwood 800 GPH. The wiring will snap together with our harness. If you still need an input and drain system for your homemade livewell, you may want to purchase our complete livewell kit over just the pump.

We do not have any courtesy lights at this time. But, as long as their total draw does not exceed 10 amps, you will be fine turning them all on with one switch. Most LED courtesy lights draw far less than 1 amp and most incandescent draw closer to one amp. You could probably run 50 small LED or 10 small incandescents on the same switch.

Hope this helps,

Kevin

Hi Kevin,

Thank you for all the information.

I know I’m gonna need a deep cycle battery, which kind is the best and do they come in different voltage such as 12v or 24v? Which should i get for the accessories that I’d like to add?

Also, how do you tell what voltage a light is? I know that by dividing watts by volts you get amperes but I don’t know exactly how to tell how many volts a light is to figure out how many amps it pulls.

Thank you for all your help.

Hi Matt,

Most deep cycle batteries are 12v. Some of the high end stuff is 24v, but they are rare. I would definitely go with a 12v for your system. Deka and Interstate make great batteries.

Most marine lights are 12v and they will be marked. All of the DC products that we sell on EZACDC are 12v.

Hope this helps,

Kevin