Originally Posted by Harbor Nights
Ok since i have never owned a boat with a generator i am going to ask a stupid question. When I bought the boat we were unable to start the generator from the DC panel in the cabin. It works from the panel on the generator. It gives the power to the boat as it should. The manuals have been ordered but how do I start this from the cabin?
I have good news for you: this is a great project that will also teach you lots about how your genset is wired. That ere of engine has no computers, no black boxes, nothing. It's perfect to learn on.
You'll need two tools: a good volt meter (or even a crappy one) and a 12-volt test light like this 12 Volt Test Light | eBay
. Oh, another good investment will be a remote starter switch like this: Powerhouse Products 301220 Remote Starter Switch
Last but not least, get a legal-size notebook for notes.
You already know that the genset starts when you use the panel in the ER. So now what you do is work you way backwards from the genset to find out where the voltage stops when you use the remote panel. Draw it out in the notebook.
It will probably take you a few hours to figure it out, but in the end you'll have it fixed and you'll understand exactly how it's wired. And as you do it, you can repeat the following to yourself:
"It might be a pain in the ass, but it's better than fixing the toilet."