electrical

  1. 200 Watt Solar Installation on an E-38

    E38 200 Watt Solar Installation on an E-38

    I’ve been studying adding solar for quite a few years and this summer (2020) I finally purchased two 100 watt rigid panels, two MPPT controllers and the necessary wires that connect the panels to the controllers. Along with the modifications to the lifelines to mount the panels I’ve spent about...
  2. vanilladuck

    Galvanic Isolator mounting location E32-3

    Installing a galvanic isolator on Rumour, an Ericson 32-3: Any suggestions from experience, word of mouth, or hearsay on where to mount this thing? Instructions say to keep it in a dry ventilated area and it only needs to be connected inline of the green grounding conductor from the shore...
  3. Last-minute Solar Install on a 32-3

    E32-3 Last-minute Solar Install on a 32-3

    After my boat splashed again after two months on the hard getting a keel rebed and standing rigging replacement, I had all of three days off work where I had to complete a Herculean laundry list of tasks before we left on our fall San Juan Island's cruise. The biggest one as far as net-new work...
  4. Mast Re-Wiring, Lighting upgrades

    E32-200 Mast Re-Wiring, Lighting upgrades

    Time dedicated: About 7 hours - two yesterday pulling wires and five today messing with fixtures. Edit: 8/5/2020 - Costs: $165 combined on two light fixtures from marinebeam.com. $64 on new tinned wire from Amazon. $81 on the LMR240 coaxial that the boatyard. (does not include the...
  5. Inverting the Cockpit Panel for Visibility, Thelonious II

    E381 Inverting the Cockpit Panel for Visibility, Thelonious II

    On many Ericson models the helmsman can't see the temperature gauge or the tachometer without a swooning, eye-bulging contortion that alarms guests and can cause them to cry out, "Is he all right?" That's because the panel has the ignition, glow-plug and start button on the bottom, and the tach...
  6. Out with the old wiring, notes on Raymarine parts

    E32-200 Out with the old wiring, notes on Raymarine parts

    One of the marks of good craftsmanship is tight tolerances between materials - pieces of wood, metal ducts, pipes, etc.. It seems that Ericson boats came out of the factory with fairly snug fittings all around. To change around the electronics in my boat, I would need to pull some new wires...
  7. Another Engine Panel Upgrade Pt 3

    E32-3 Another Engine Panel Upgrade Pt 3

    Continued from Part 2. Thought I'd post the final chapter of my engine panel upgrade. I finished the wiring back in May and have been happy with the results—mainly, no more surprises during engine start. I had to design a new spray cover because I “flipped” the original panel upside down (to...
  8. sjconnor

    Penta 2002 battery shorting on start

    Hi, Have you ever had a strange feeling that what you were about to do was probably not a good idea and then went ahead and did it anyway ? and sure enough you should have listened to that niggling feeling you had. Well that happened to me on Sunday. I was about to start my engine (Penta...
  9. Another Engine Panel Upgrade - Pt. 2

    E32-3 Another Engine Panel Upgrade - Pt. 2

    (Continued from Another Engine Panel Upgrade - Pt. 1): The original black engine panel frame was in pretty good shape. The panel-back has a slight rim around the mounting flange which leaves a shallow void behind the screw holes. I think this is why it often cracks beneath the screws. I...
  10. U

    General advice on propane (vs. inverter/electric)

    Hi! I’m a longtime owner of a ‘76 E29, recently upgraded to a ‘74 E35 which has been really excellently cared for. First time poster on this forum — was hoping I could get some general advice. I still have a lot to learn. I’m at a crossroads with the E35. It came with a new LP gas stove/oven...
  11. J

    E 30+ Bilge Pump Questions

    I am the new owner of a 1983 E 30+ and still underway in understanding the various systems in my boat. Hoping you all might help, in going over my new boat I have several questions regarding the bilge pump system. First, I'm embarrassed to say that I can't find the powered bilge pump! I can...
  12. jacksonkev

    Battery Charger Location for E30+ (none ever installed)

    Hello All, I'm back! I sold my E29 last year and recently bought an E30+. She's a real peach but I do have a few questions as I get to know her. One of the oddities that came up after I agreed to purchase her was the lack of a battery charger. The previous owner decided not to install...
  13. O

    Blower timer wiring diagram wanted

    I'm looking for a wiring diagram for a Weems & Plath blower timer, I have the panel in the boat (E29), it looks like original equipment, but at some point a PO put in a new blower and bypassed the timer panel. See link for image of panel (I'm not sell it, I just found the image on ebay). Any...
  14. G

    Adding 12v sockets - separate circuit?

    I have a 1989 32-200. There is one 12v socket in the v-berth, added by OP from what I can see. It is wired into the VHF circuit (!). I am planning on adding another socket in the aft cabin with the idea that both can be used for portable Caframo fans. There is one more 12v socket near the...
  15. Andrew Means

    Adding light fixtures - where to get them?

    I've decided I'd like to add an additional light fixture on each side of the boat, and ideally I'd like to keep the same style as I currently have (the "soap bar" style that I think pretty much everyone's boat has) Where can I buy them? Does anybody have any spares?
  16. davisr

    Grounding for AC and DC

    I've spent a lot of time reading Don Casey, Nigel Calder, and the many helpful postings by MaineSail on this and other forums regarding rewiring projects. I have several charts and diagrams that I'd like to pass by everyone soon in order to get some learned opinions. First, though, I would...
  17. M

    E34 Wiring Diagram

    Is there such a thing as a wiring diagram for Ericsons? I bought a used 1990 E34. I have the owner's manual and see a couple vague references to a wiring diagram. The only diagram in my manual is color coding of mast wires. Is there a more complete diagram for the boat's standard electical...
  18. Joliba

    E38-200 Electrical Panel Replacement

    We became fed up with trying to deal with the virtually inaccessible rat's nest of wiring behind our electrical panel. As when we bought the boat 2 years ago, the original Newmar breaker panel was working, but in poor condition. The breaker panel along with the VHF, stereo, main AC outlet with...
  19. C

    E29 Electrical Panel

    I don't know why anyone would want this but thought I'd check just in case. Update: It's gone. Somebody bought it at a garage sale.
  20. F

    Electrical pump wiring conundrum...

    Hi, So I'm feeling a bit stupid...bought a Facet-Purolator solid state electronic fuel pump (the cylindrical type), and it only comes with one wire sticking out the centre front. The instructions say to "connect positive power lead to the ignition switch voltage supply terminal". But there...
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