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Offline Citroen/Dave

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Re: Update on the Com-Pac 16 "Foundling"
« Reply #45 on: April 16, 2017, 11:32:17 AM »
Congratulations!  Another beauty returned to the real world.
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Offline Ed Epstein

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Re: Update on the Com-Pac 16 "Foundling"
« Reply #46 on: April 18, 2017, 05:15:23 AM »
Nice work-beautiful interior.

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Update on the Com-Pac 16 "Foundling"--Electrics
« Reply #47 on: May 09, 2017, 07:30:36 AM »
And the work continues...

So, I finally got around to dropping a battery into the Foundling to check her electrics.  The good news is that there was already a great little platform and strap installed forward for this purpose, and I had a nice enough battery which came with my "towbeast" Durango, but was a bit too small for her big V8.  Still, she's just the right size for the Foundling, so into a Group 24 marine battery box she went, and into the boat with a good full charge.

The Foundling's factory electrical panel and its wiring seem tip-top, with no corrosion to speak of and no blown fuses. It all seems to be pretty much just the way it left Clearwater.  Still, although the single cabin light and added bulkhead compass interior lighting work fine, neither the mast light nor the bow and stern navigation lighting seem to function.  I pulled the stern light off and apart, and everything looks tip-top.  So, before I dive in there with a multimeter, I am hoping someone might be able to provide me with a either a detailed wiring diagram of how she came from the factory or a couple of detailed photos of your own 16's switchpanel's wiring. 

Matt at Hutchins/Com-Pac Yachts was kind enough to send me a wiring diagram of the larger boat and its lighting, but not one with any detail of the actual wiring schematics of the switchplate.  At some point I'll get these diagrams and pix from Matt up on the web for later ready reference by others, but just now my free domain webhosting service is having "issues."

In the meantime, PLEASE!...If you have a 16 and can reach your phone around that bulkhead thing and grab a couple-few semi-decent snaps of your own switchery's wiring, please post them here ASAP!

« Last Edit: May 09, 2017, 01:52:33 PM by Bilgemaster »

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Re: Update on the Com-Pac 16 "Foundling"
« Reply #48 on: May 09, 2017, 10:46:28 PM »
Hello Mr. Bilgemaster,

In case this helps:  My CP16 MK I did not have any electrical system when I purchased it so I added one. 
-I installed a 12V AGM battery in a battery box in the bow
-In-Line main fuse in the main positive wire leaving the battery
-Marine wiring used through-out.  Protected in a corrugated plastic conduit
-Power Supply runs from the battery to a homemade switch box which I mounted in the inside of the exterior wall/bulkhead, on the port side of the companionway.
-I can reach all the switches while sitting on the seats outside the cabin, and my depth-finder wires run straight through the bulkhead wall into the switchbox
-In the swicthbox, there is a handy bus for wire terminals and every switch is fused (a bit messy because I used inline fuses, but it works), from the switchbox power goes out to the interior fan, interior LED cabin light, bilge pump, bow red/green light, white all around masthead light, and I have a 12V charger plug-in.  Lastly, I have a switch that turns off the bowlight in order to leave just the white anchor light on.  I mounted my marine radio nearby and use the charger to keep it charged.
-The plastic conduit is held along the port side of the boat, from the battery back to the switch box, with round plastic clips that are screwed into the hull-deck joint with small screws that do the job.  Another trick that worked well was to hold the wiring/conduit up out of the way for the run to the stern (bilge pump and stern light....I admit the bilge pump may be fairly pointless in that location in this boat but I put it in) by cutting a length of coarse gutter foam and compressing into the full length of coaming/gunwhale gap in order that the conduit would be pressed up out of the way all the way back to the stern, this has held well for years.

The switchbox is mounted just on the inside of the bulkhead where you can see the depthfinder mounted.  This is a recent picture of the Compac 16 with a Pilothouse added, but I left the wiring all in place when I added the Pilothouse.

I'm not too familiar with the OEM wiring setup, as I never had that in my boat, but perhaps this info will be helpful.

Happy Sailing, nice job with that boat,

« Last Edit: May 09, 2017, 10:49:57 PM by Jason »
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Re: Update on the Com-Pac 16 "Foundling"
« Reply #49 on: May 16, 2017, 06:13:19 AM »

Thanks for the rundown.  Nice work you did there, but what I'm really needing is just a couple-few clear pix of the original factory wiring of that switchbox, or a close to it as possible.

I've just cross-posted this request as a new thread, since it's admittedly pretty well buried here. 
« Last Edit: May 16, 2017, 07:06:18 AM by Bilgemaster »