[C38] Electrical Issue. Panel!!!!!!

Don Strong drstrong at ucdavis.edu
Thu Jan 24 16:45:01 EST 2019

The nexus of many of our wiring issue!

On 1/24/19 12:18 PM, Jay Sorensen wrote:
> Hi Chuck and All,
> Thank you Chuck for your recommendation.  It did take a bit more 
> diagnosis.  It wasn't the 4G ground wire to the engine, although it 
> was a bit corroded, but your suggestion of looking for a ground issue 
> was correct!
> I did jump the battery to the engine and the circuit completed.  
> Yeah!  But when I cleaned up the ground wire terminus at the engine 
> and removed the jumper wire, no complete circuit.  What the heck?  
> Upon further investigation the ground wire from the panel to the 
> battery was bad/marginal and when I had nudged it when clipping on the 
> original jumper, it barely completed the circuit from the panel. When 
> nudged the other way it did not.  From there it was a very quick fix.
> So many thanks for the direction to look at the grounds. It was 
> surprising to see lights work through the battery charger circuit, 
> going to the same ground wire, but not the battery circuit, but I'm 
> very glad the problem is fixed.   If you are ever in San Diego I owe 
> you a beverage of your choice!
> Thanks!...............Jay
> Catalina 38 #311,  Broad Reach
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Donald R. Strong
Department of Evolution and Ecology
The Bodega Marine Laboratory,
University of California, Davis,
Davis CA
530 752 7886

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