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The Brockerts 10-22-2019 12:31 PM

Hinged Electrical Panels ?
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I've search for info on the electrical panel setup on my new to me 1990 Californian but didn't find what I as looking for. So before I do something I'll regret I'll ask. See the AC panel below, it has a hinge at the bottom. So besides the standard of disconnect from shore power, make sure the generator is not running, I should then be able to unscrew the top and sides of the panel and lay it down to service it in a safe manner?, Seems to easy, anything else I should know? Does it close back up easily ?

The plan is to connect up an inverter properly. The DC power was connected to the starter lug on the generator. Probably not the best idea. The AC side was just some outlet around the boat.

I'm still not sure exactly how I'm setting it up, but the forum has some great suggestions.
and of course the picture is sideways, going to have to figure out the EXIF setting

The Brockerts

Comodave 10-22-2019 12:57 PM

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I would also kill the DC power to the panel before opening it the first time until you know that nothing will short out or pull loose. I like hinged panels because it is easy to service them. I replaced my main electrical panel a couple of years ago and hinged it on the side so it swings out. I built a small, about 4Ē deep cabinet to house the new panel since the new panel is horizontal and the old panel was vertical.

diver dave 10-22-2019 12:59 PM

I like bottom side piano hinged panels. When I did mine, you do need to make sure the cables are bundled to exit the panel at the hinge end. THey will twist 90 degrees to allow the panel to rotate away from the bulkhead.
Also, you might (I did) need some support lines running from the top of the panel to the bulkhead. These limit travel, so you don't need to support the open panel. These supports should be non-conductive, for hopefully obvious reasons.

Comodave 10-22-2019 01:06 PM

I actually prefer the hinge on the side. That way when you open the panel you donít have to reach in over the panel to work inside the cabinet. I swing mine open and I can sit in the opening and work inside. I have all the wiring crossing over to the panel down on the hinge side with enough slack to swing open. I have a bunge that pulls up on the wiring as the panel swings closed so the wiring moves up out of the way.

diver dave 10-22-2019 01:10 PM

Proceed with caution with side opening panels on a boat that contain hazardous voltages. In industry, they would have to be "touch safe". On a boat, it is even more risk, since the boat can rock, sometimes unexpectedly.
Lots of touch proof terminals and connectors out there, but few vintage N America boats have them. Also, don't underestimate the power of 12 and 24V dc in a panel, if jewelry gets across them. And, that caution will apply to any hinge location.

Comodave 10-22-2019 01:19 PM

My panel latches open. I never wear jewelry since I was a computer engineer at one time. The 120 volt side has a non conducive cover over the back.

OldDan1943 10-22-2019 02:43 PM

There is a piano on the starboard side of my electrical panel. To hold it open, I have a genuine wooden stick. SMILE

diver dave 10-22-2019 03:46 PM


Originally Posted by OldDan1943 (Post 813662)
There is a piano on the starboard side of my electrical panel. ..SMILE

Your boat must be larger than it looks! :thumb:

OldDan1943 10-22-2019 04:38 PM


Originally Posted by diver dave (Post 813679)
Your boat must be larger than it looks! :thumb:

Every boat has an electrical panel

Ted 10-22-2019 04:49 PM

Yes, but I only know one boat up here with a piano, Coastal Messenger, a mission boat

RT Firefly 10-22-2019 05:08 PM

Mr. T. You mean Mr. OD is a missionary? I would have never guessed.

OldDan1943 10-22-2019 05:14 PM

And to draw this to a conclusion, I meant a piano hinge.

diver dave 10-22-2019 05:20 PM


Originally Posted by OldDan1943 (Post 813720)
And to draw this to a conclusion, I meant a piano hinge.

oh no. we are not done yet. Waiting for RT to get a graphic of a baby grand in your salon.

And, what a coincidence. My mom used a wooden stick to keep her piano top open. small world.

RT Firefly 10-22-2019 05:30 PM

Mr. dd. SALOON!!! I just happen to have a candid shot of Mr. OD...

diver dave 10-22-2019 05:51 PM


OldDan1943 10-22-2019 06:53 PM


Originally Posted by RT Firefly (Post 813728)
Mr. dd. SALOON!!! I just happen to have a candid shot of Mr. OD...

Alas, I can not see your graphic.

RT Firefly 10-22-2019 07:05 PM

Mr. OD. It's pretty well along these lines but a bit more garish. Remember, this is a picture of YOU in your SALOON at your piano.


diver dave 10-22-2019 07:08 PM

Both my dell and imac accept RT graphics using chrome But no app reveals them on my iphone.

Comodave 10-22-2019 07:55 PM

This has to be a record for thread drift...

diver dave 10-22-2019 07:59 PM

We are glad u resurfaced. We have an IT issue. [emoji847]

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