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Old 10-25-2021, 10:02 AM   #1
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Weems & Plath Clock question

Recently bought a grand Banks 42 classic that has one of the above clocks. I took it apart to see if it needed a battery. I also looked online and YouTube is usually helpful but I couldnít find anything on this. Maybe because it should be so darn simple to figure out. 😊.
There was no battery in it although in one of the pictures I have attached it seems to be the perfect rectangular spot for one to fit in. My biggest question is to confirm that these two small wires (smallest gauge I recall ever seeing) are too small and short to attach to anything however I see two small holes with what seem to be pins that provide resistance if I insert the wires in and release the pins. Am I correct on all my assumptions here? I donít have any 9 V batteries on board currently are I would just test this out.

Iíve also shared a picture of one of our AC outlets. I have one in the aft cabin that does not have a cover on it. Should I try and obtain a metal cover such as these and if so are they available at a big box store?

Thanks in advance for responses and suggestions!
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Old 10-25-2021, 10:47 AM   #2
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Our Weems and Plath clock runs on a single AA battery.
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Old 10-26-2021, 08:11 AM   #3
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Pix would help. The Weems clock in our EB47 also uses a single AA.
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Old 10-26-2021, 10:34 PM   #4
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I would have sworn I had posted these pics

Apologies. pictures will help hopefully these will
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What is the model name and/or number of the clock?

Frontal photo?

Have you tried to contact Weems & Plath themselves? They may be able to help.
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Old 10-27-2021, 05:16 PM   #6
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I see a battery in your first photo. It is the cooper colored cylinder (with tan band). Take a small screw driver and pry it out. Looks to be AA.
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Old 10-27-2021, 05:37 PM   #7
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I don't know what our brass marine clock's name on the boat is other than Wifey spent a lot of money for it and was battery-powered. It included a chime/bell sound for whatever reason a marine clock is supposed to do. IT FAILED!!!!

I was determined to get the clock functioning without spending a lot of money on it. With Google's help I found a place that sold clock mechanisms in the $10-20 range; purchased one along with the hands and face. I peeled the paper face from the failed mechanism and attached it to the new face. Other than no marine chime/bell one cannot tell by looking at it that it had a major repair. It runs accurately all summer on 1 AA battery, by spring the next season with the battery power diminished the clock will have lost a couple of minutes.

You might want to just change the mechanism and save some bucks. Certainly not a big job.
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Old 10-27-2021, 06:29 PM   #8
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double a battery is in the black plastic under a door. the coil appears to be for the chime. weams and plath has a great warentee and has fixed several clocks for me. the outlet plate can be purchased at lowes home depot and electrical supply houses.
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I too had a dead W&P clock and ended taking the approach foggysail mentions. It may be impossible to find an exact replacement mechanism, but based on a few key measurements you can find something that will fit. I didn’t, however, come across any mechanisms with nautical bells.
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My W&P clock had a dead battery. Replaced it and still no go. I called W&P in Annapolis and they were very helpful in figuring out what might be wrong. First they helped me determine which model I had. Then explained that the circuit board can get corroded if a dead battery is left in for long periods of time even though not really visible. Provided a reasonable (compared to a new clock) quote to repair. Suggest you call them with clock in hand to help in identifying model.
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Old 10-27-2021, 08:46 PM   #11
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You can't go wrong with a nice brass Chelsea or Boston ships clock. No battery required.
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Old 10-28-2021, 01:03 AM   #12
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No matter how replete in heavy brass sealed with abundant chrome with magnificent dial display resembling a ships porthole, inside usually lurks what looks like the movement out of a cheap battery powered kitchen wall clock. I`m sure in many cases it`s really a fine bejeweled movement, but....
If repair fails, I recently acquired a matched pair, a tide clock and a barometer, branded Plastimo. Reasonably priced, impressive to the eye, actually working keeping good time, you could do worse.
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My Harwich ship's clock was keeping time, but quit chiming several months ago. I asked for help on another forum and was given the name of a jewelry store in FLL that sells and repairs ships clocks. I got their estimate and decided to research further. I shopped buying a new replacement clock but the price was $2k+, so I persevered in finding a repair. I found a company that would replace the movement for $250 but they warned it would take a while. After 3 months, I picked up my clock and went back to the fancy jewelry store. They said it would take about 2 months. So I have it marked on my calendar to check in with the store and painfully pay my $450 for a new movement. Oh, and the face broke in transport so my total is $725.00. Does that tell you how much I miss my ship's clock hanging in my kitchen?! The name of the store in FLL is Josef & Joseph.
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Iíve also shared a picture of one of our AC outlets. I have one in the aft cabin that does not have a cover on it. Should I try and obtain a metal cover such as these and if so are they available at a big box store?

Thanks in advance for responses and suggestions!
Outlets in the interior accommodation spaces of the boat do not need marine outlets/cover plates, so go with whatever you think looks good, steel, plastic wood etc. Wood will likely be available at a marine store, plastic and steel of course easily found in the electrical section of Home Depot/Lowes etc.

Any outlets in the engine room, bilges etc. should be in sparkproof housings/covers.
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W&P repaired my non working clock for free. Lifetime warranty.
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That's interesting. I need to call them!
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