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I just purchased a 1998 trophy model 2002. The wiring is so bad that everything is connected to direct power at all time, all the electronics, the engine basicall everything has power. First question is this hard to fix, if so how much to get the boat rewired professionally, second I am also lookiing for TROPHY DASH PANEL W/MERC MOTOR HARNESS what brand would you recommend and where can I purchase items like this for my boat.
Where can I get the wiring to re-do the whole boat?


Thank you all for helping and reading please fill free to throw anything info my way. Thanks
 

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Rewiring is not a hard DIY thing. Use the proper materials, take a little time and ask some questions. Why do you want a new panel? What problems are you having with the electrical now? Bestboatwire.com is one of the more cost effective sources for parts.

As far as having it professionally done contact Surg @ expertmarine.com
 

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The dealership that I purchased the boat from mickey moused the whole thing. None of the electric gages are working. The batteries both drain within 3-4 hours(new batteries)when I take the key out of the egnition the boat still has direct and full power to everything onboard. Pretty much they by pasted the electric boards and went direct to the batteries. Thank you for your response
 

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Sounds like the gauge problems may be with the wiring. First thing would be to wire a positive and negative buss into the console and tap everything that runs from the console into that. Do you have a battery switch between the batteries? If not then you'll need to add that. Also a battery combiner is a good idea. That way both batteries will stay charged without having to mess with the switches.

Here is a diagram of one way your setup could look like. I would make a couple of changes but it will give you the idea:



Blue Seas makes some good battery switch/combiner setups. They use the term VSR to refer to their combiners. Something like this for your needs:



Here is a link to the Blue Seas site with info about the switch:

http://www.bep.co.nz/Dual-Battery-Charging-Cluster-180-1464.html

I don't know if your interested in doing it yourself. It is really not rocket science and most anyone with a little bit of mechanical sense can do the work if t want to spend the time.
 

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I used to have people say 'I need my old car re-wired' Often times after a look I say 'You need your wiring repaired' Get in there and start by fixing Jethros hack job. Add a sub panel ? If you wires are not corroded, cracked but you do have corroded connectors, loose wires. Start replacing connectors. Clean up all points of contact, and then things start working. Good Luck, DR

This post edited by DockRat 05/19/2008
 

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FRANK12345 said:
Thank you my boat is an outboard with that setup work for an outboard
Not sure where you're located but Gaileys Marine in Bakersfield has a great service dept. and Norm is the absolute best with Mercs and Trophys. I bought my boat new and had him install an additional battery with Perko switch, bait tank wired to aux pumps and a float switch with high water alarm, that was 6 yrs ago and it's been flawless.

This post edited by Bubba 05/28/2008
 
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