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02-02-2006, 07:46 AM
Here are a few pics of my panel that will control a 4-sac, 2800 lbs ballast system. Most of the wiring is complete as well as the manifold for the intake side.

The "odd ball" lug on the SPDT switch(es) is for the NEGATIVE side of the switch lighting circuit.


02-02-2006, 07:47 AM
Here's the space before cutting in the panel

02-02-2006, 07:48 AM
Here's the final installation of the control panel

02-02-2006, 07:50 AM
looks good wes.......nice and neat

T Scott
02-02-2006, 08:21 AM
You are brave cutting into your vinyl like that. However, I agree with Sizzler, end result looks great!!


02-02-2006, 08:26 AM
Looks great Wes! What was your source for the switches and the panel?

02-02-2006, 09:22 AM
Here's a partial list of stuff for the ballast system. I've not installed the drain-side stuff yet and for that matter, I've not plumbed in the fill side from the manifold to the sacks. The panel is just some 1/8" poly wolly plastic cut wit ha sabre saw, the switches are from Go2Marine - Contora Blue Seas listed in the parts list below.

I've done ALOT of work on boats (mostly large cruising and racing sailboats) over the years so my fear is gone. That entire panel was refastened after the plywood backing rotted as well as having to be "notched" for the new throttle/shift as the original was a POS...

Ballast System Parts List

4 - Attwood Tsunami 1200 - $36 (Bass Pro Shops)
3 - 2” PVC T’s (Lowe’s)
4 – 2” to 1” PVC Reducing Bushings (solvent) (Lowe’s)
1 – 2” to 1 ½” Reducing Bushing (thread) (Lowe’s)
2” PVC Pipe (short lengths) (Lowe’s)
1” PVC Pipe (short lengths) (Lowe’s)
1 ¼” Tubing (short lengths) - $10.00 (Lowe’s)
24 - Hose Clamps (West Marine)
1 ½” Bronze Thru Hull (West Marine)
1 ½” Bronze Elbow (West Marine)
1 ½” PVC Ball Valve (Lowe’s)
3 - 1 ½” PVC Close Nipple (Lowe’s)
4 – SPDT Switches - $12.00 (Contura/ Blue Seas) (Go2 Marine)
1 – Fuse Block - $10.00 (West Marine)
50’ - 14/2 wire (West Marine)
Miscellaneous connectors - $15.00 (Lowe’s)
Plastic for panel - $15.00 (more than enough)
4 – Swing type solvent/solvent check valves – $9.50 (PlumbingSupply.com)
4 – Thru hulls for drains
4 – Pumps for drain side

88 PS190
02-02-2006, 11:49 AM
"while you're sleeping, things are breaking"

guess that comes from all this working on boats.

02-02-2006, 11:51 AM
Holy Cow! 2800#'s? Do you need to issue tsunami warnings before you get on the water? Luv the install! :D

02-02-2006, 05:48 PM
sweet job on the switch panel Wes
Looking forward to more pictures, seeing how you have the four sacks placed and how those Tsunami's perform for you when draining.

02-02-2006, 07:16 PM
Very ingenuitive. Good luck!!

02-03-2006, 08:00 AM
The sacs are located:

2- 700 lb in the "trunk" such that they fit across the boat allowing for side to side "trim".

2 - 600 in the ski locker end to end

My crew and I tried this set up at the end of last season (without the "built in" convenience) and the wake was quite acceptable...

With just one 700 filled, the surf wake was OK but could use more...