Go Back   TeamTalk > Maintenance Tips, How-tos and Refurbishing Topics > Electrical

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-15-2005, 10:51 PM
Cariboo Cariboo is offline
TT Newbie
Join Date: Jun 2005
Boat: 1996 Prostar 205 white w/red
Location: Piedmont, SC
Posts: 16
Where do you use Access 1 and 2 wires under dash?

I'm installing a depth finder and also a stereo on my 96 PS 205. When looking at the depth finder, I'm installing it where the clock is mounted. Since the clock is always on, I'm guessing that I don't want to use the same hot wire for the depth finder.

Are the "access 1" or "access 2" wires that are bundled with the stereo wires to be used if I want to "switch-on" the depth finder (assuming that these are for the 2 accessory switches on the dash)? Likewise, on the wiring for the stereo, do I want to also use the "access 1" or "access 2" wires instead of using the "radio" wire under the dash (which I'm assuming is a hot wire)?

Also, are these access switches only good when the key is turned on? My 90 PS 190 had the depth finder and stereo wired to a switch and the key needed to be on. Wondering if the same will be true for my 205.

Thank you!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2005, 11:19 PM
rem_pss308's Avatar
rem_pss308 rem_pss308 is offline
MC Fanatic
Join Date: Jul 2004
Boat: 1999 X-Star 330 HP
Location: Branford, Florida ( North Florida )
Posts: 617
Send a message via Yahoo to rem_pss308
I've got a 93. My acc 1 and acc 2 switches work with the key turned off.
"Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless when facing them."

1999 X-star, 330 LTR, Zero FLex tower.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2005, 12:03 AM
AirJunky's Avatar
AirJunky AirJunky is offline
MC Devotee
Join Date: Aug 2004
Boat: Former Prostar 205 owner upgraded to an 05 Malibu vRide
Location: Liberty Lake, WA
Posts: 2,020
Same here. If you have a clock on the stereo & turn the ACC1 switch off, then your clock won't work any more. I used the radio wire & have never had a problem on my 94. I used the ACC1 switch for the heater & the ACC2 switch for rope lighting throughout the interior, both work when the ignition is off. The radio wire works when your ignition switch is in accessory
-former '94 PS205 owner. Still ridin my Sky Ski.....
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2005, 01:22 AM
erkoehler's Avatar
erkoehler erkoehler is offline
MC Master Poster
Join Date: Aug 2004
Boat: 2008 MasterCraft ProStar 197
Location: Bloomingdale, IL
Posts: 14,511
Send a message via AIM to erkoehler Send a message via MSN to erkoehler
Not to hijack the thread or anything, but where do you get the rope light from? How much does it run $$$?

Do you need a second battery if you install it in the sides of the boat and under the drivers console? How difficult is the install?
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2005, 07:31 AM
jimmer2880 jimmer2880 is offline
MC Maniac
Join Date: Jul 2004
Boat: 95 PS 190 EFI
Location: Hagerstown, MD
Posts: 3,059
Send a message via AIM to jimmer2880
Most radios these days that have clocks have a power lead (could use ACC1 if you wanted to), then a "memory" lead which should be connected to a constant power source (fused battery line).

But - my boat is wired with onto the "radio" feed.

Depth finder on an acc switch sounds ok.

** Edit **
Be cautious of the amp draw on the ACC lines though. My '95 PS190 only has 5 amp breakers on the 2 acc switches.
If one day you're asked:
" How did you spend your time here on Earth?"
Will you say:
"I kept a crabgrass free lawn"
It's time to SKI.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2005, 07:38 AM
Footin's Avatar
Footin Footin is online now
MC Addict
Join Date: Aug 2004
Boat: 2007 Maristar 200VRS X2
Location: Columbus,OH/Monticello,KY
Posts: 5,447
I installed my depth finder in the clock location a few weeks ago. I wired it to the key. My stereo is wire to the acc1 switch and I wanted to leave the acc2 free for a shower or heater someday.
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2005, 10:23 AM
wesgardner wesgardner is offline
TT Enthusiast
Join Date: Jul 2004
Boat: Maristar 240 1989 454 cu. in. 13/13 prop.
Location: Severna Park, MD
Posts: 350
Hey erk,

Here's a rope light source - haven't bought yet but started doing a little research... maybe someone else? Seems like a pretty easy install using their clips, etc.



while you're sleeping, things are breaking
'89 Maristar 240, 454, 1:1, 13:13 Acme
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2005, 11:46 AM
Crash's Avatar
Crash Crash is offline
TT Enthusiast
Join Date: Sep 2004
Boat: '94 Prostar 205
Location: Crystal Lake, IL
Posts: 312
Wired a cigarette lighter in the back of the boat and connected it to ACC1. Keep the fat sack pump plugged into the new lighter all the time and use the ACC1 to turn the pump on/off. Easier on the dash than constantly plugging in/out.

Like the idea of the rope lights...will need to investigate this also.
If you're not falling, you're not trying hard enough!
'94 PS 205
Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2005, 01:54 PM
captkidd's Avatar
captkidd captkidd is offline
MC Fanatic
Join Date: Jul 2004
Boat: 1994 MasterCraft ProStar 205
Location: Randleman, NC
Posts: 637
I ordered my boat with a depth finder in place of the clock, and the factory wired it to the ACC-1 switch. I used the ACC-2 switch for my stereo so I could use the stereo without having to turn the ignition switch on, and also I can be sure the radio is off by turning the ACC switches off.

My newest stereo required a constant power source for the internal clock, so I used the power wire under the dash (I don't think it was the "radio" wire). I checked to make sure it was hot without the switch being on.
"Measure your wealth not by the things you have, but by the things for which you would not take money."

1994 MasterCraft ProStar 205, 275hp EFI -- Original Owner
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:38 PM.