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Old 02-02-2006, 08:46 AM
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Ballast Control Panel

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.

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Old 02-02-2006, 08:47 AM
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Here's the space before cutting in the panel
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Old 02-02-2006, 08:48 AM
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Here's the final installation of the control panel
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Old 02-02-2006, 08:50 AM
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looks good wes.......nice and neat
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Old 02-02-2006, 09:21 AM
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You are brave cutting into your vinyl like that. However, I agree with Sizzler, end result looks great!!

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Old 02-02-2006, 09:26 AM
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Looks great Wes! What was your source for the switches and the panel?
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Old 02-02-2006, 10:22 AM
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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
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Old 02-02-2006, 12:49 PM
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"while you're sleeping, things are breaking"

guess that comes from all this working on boats.
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Old 02-02-2006, 12:51 PM
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Holy Cow! 2800#'s? Do you need to issue tsunami warnings before you get on the water? Luv the install!
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Old 02-02-2006, 06:48 PM
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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.
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