[C38] Electrical fire

Steve Smolinske SSmolinske at rainierrubber.com
Wed Oct 11 17:24:18 EDT 2017


I rewired all the DC, the Engine, and most of the AC outlets on Peregrine.   I upgraded  all DC wiring to 12 gauge and made sure there were not any splice or connections along the way except for at the panel and the load.  It took about a week and a weekend to pull all the old wire and run new.   Fun projects to include if you go all the way are automatic charging Relays (Blue Sea), New panels (Blue Sea) New shore power plug (Smart Plug).


From: Listserve [mailto:listserve-bounces at catalina38.org] On Behalf Of Don Strong
Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:57 AM
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Subject: Re: [C38] Electrical fire

Best of luck to you, Patrick.
Regards, Don

On 10/11/17 8:27 AM, 1derful at comcast wrote:
I am looking for wiring improvement/update

This weekend I had an electrical fire behind switch panel above chart desk.  Melted many connections.  Stopped when I turned off shore power and turned off both Perko switches.

Boat US (my insurance company) is sending an adjuster and they say they will pay for labor ($125 per hour) to repair but little for parts because parts have depreciated. I assume most of repair will be labor.

Right now Blue Eyes is "dead in the water."  No electrical.

On the positive side this seems to be an opportunity for me to upgrade antiquated and corroded electrical system.

I'd appreciate any suggestions on specific upgrades.

Thanks Skippers,

Patrick Harpole


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Donald R. Strong


Department of Evolution and Ecology


The Bodega Marine Laboratory,

University of California, Davis,

Davis CA


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