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Waanderlust--Phase IV | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

With all the bulk wiring runs complete, I started the task of terminating the wires by sorting them into small groups according to function, and which side of the boat:  lights, outlets, running lights, port and starboard.


In the bottom of the electrical locker, I installed a pair of terminal blocks to accept the individual wires from the cabin lights and outlets, respectively.  This would avoid the need to run all the4se separate wires to the panel itself:  from each terminal block, I could lead a single wire to the circuit breakers in the panel.  During the course of the day, I terminated the wires to these terminal blocks and to the negative distribution buss as required.  In each case I used heat-shrink adhesive terminals, and I labeled each wire with a number to identify the circuit.

    

All the LED cabin lights, with their minimal current requirements, could be led to a single 15A breaker in the panel, so I prepared a single lead for eventual panel connection.  Although most devices that might be plugged into the various 12V and USB outlets around the boat would be low current draw, I thought it made sense to split the outlets into port and starboard circuits to avoid possibly overloading the breakers, so I made up two leads, one from each side of the terminal block (which I'd laid out with this in mind).

 

Total Time Billed on This Job Today:  7.5 Hours

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