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Old 01-10-2015, 03:15 PM   #1
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What's That Red Button

Following up with a picture of part of the helm on a boat we are looking to buy. The boat has twin Perkins engines. Having never had a diesel boat before I am wondering what the red button is for on the engine helm plate. I am thinking it is for glow plugs used to start the engine but I'm just guessing. We have not got to the sea trial stage yet.

I'm sure most of you can answer my question. Thanks in advance for the information.
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Old 01-10-2015, 03:35 PM   #2
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Don't know, but it more resembles a warning light than a button.

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It is the starter button. The glow plug is controlled by the "ignition" switch to the left.

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It is the starter button. The glow plug is controlled by the "ignition" switch to the left.

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But the two buttons above the key switch are marked Start and Stop.

I'm guessing it's a warning light too.
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It is the starter button. The glow plug is controlled by the "ignition" switch to the left.

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If the red button is the starter button what is the black button above and to the left of the "ignition" switch?
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On my JD, the black button is for starting and the red button is for stopping the engine.

There appears to be little standardization. This is when labels help.

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It looks like it was added after the original install.

Maybe a fire suppression system activation? The only way to know for sure is to follow the wires. Or maybe press it and see what happens
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I think it just illuminates with the alarm buzzer.
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Whatever it is, it is labelled "on". I would lean toward it indicating glow plug activation, as you usually don't see a red light when the engine is on and operating normally. That also makes a case for it being part of the alarm system.

I would be concerned about the oil pressure gauge as it is reading 20 when the engine is off.
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Whatever it is, it is labelled "on". I would lean toward it indicating glow plug activation, as you usually don't see a red light when the engine is on and operating normally. That also makes a case for it being part of the alarm system.

I would be concerned about the oil pressure gauge as it is reading 20 when the engine is off.
Ignore the above. I now see that the "On" indicated the key position.
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I am leaning towards the warning light explanation. Both engine plates on the upper helm are laid out the same way but their red lights are a slightly different style.


Thanks for the input. I guess I'll look at them closer when I am on the boat this coming week.
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Doesn't the seller know?
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Do not ever press that red button!!!
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Doesn't the seller know?
The seller is not in the area and I am working through a broker. I am sure the riddle will be solved the next time I am onboard the boat.
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I had a Perkins and it is not a button. It is a red warning light and buzzer if you have an engine fault, temp and oil pressure.
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I have Perkins 6 354.4. On my panel there are 3 identical push buttons.Start Stop and third one is for the 'Flamethrower',a cold start device thats in the intake manifold.No glow plugs.If yours is a light and not a push button then I have no idea.
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Do not ever press that red button!!!

Agree it is the emergency ejection button. You press it and the engine pops out of the boat.
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It's not a button, one of these:

http://www.colehersee.com/assets/pro...80-4112-RC.jpg

http://www.colehersee.com/assets/fil...-IF-119v01.pdf
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Have you closed yet? If the only question you have about this boat is the "red" button, it sounds like a find. What is it?
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