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    Battery problem

    Gotta say, my SG200 has been working flawlessly since I installed it in June. Looking forward to the bluetooth capabilities, but honestly, I'm fully satisfied with the unit as is. It does just what it says on the tin. I thought the one button interface would be annoying, but it's fine.
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    How are Sabres higher quality?

    One difference: the interior of the Sabre 30 is "stick built," whereas the Catalina 30 is "pan built." That means that all of the furniture inside was constructed from wood, and any attachment points were tabbed to the hull. A boat that's pan built has a molded fiberglass liner on the...
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    Stupid electrical question

    That sounds cool, and very useful. The problem is, I ain’t got any spreaders! :(
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    Stupid electrical question

    Here's the entirety of what it says about wiring: "Protect circuits with 1 amp. fuses or circuit breakers to both red wires. Red wire 1 = battery positive (+) = masthead (225 degrees) light. Red wire 2 = battery positive (+) = Deck Light Black wires = battery negative (-)."
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    Stupid electrical question

    I think you're overthinking this; the fuse is just to protect the two circuits, in case you aren't going to use a breaker. Take a look at the manual, it seems pretty clear.
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    Stupid electrical question

    Uhhhhh... not sure about that.
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    Stupid electrical question

    That’s the plan, I’m just trying to make sense of the rest of these replies! By the way, it’s not ignoring the manual if I just use the breakers and no fuses. The manual says fuses OR breakers.
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    Stupid electrical question

    So you're saying that the manual is telling me to add fuses to protect the light? By the way, this is the light: https://signalmate.com/navigation-light-models/combination-masthead-with-red-deck-navigation-light/
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    Stupid electrical question

    Fantastic, thanks!
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    Stupid electrical question

    This stupid question occurred to me after I installed my new steaming/foredeck light yesterday, and I haven't been able to figure it out. The steaming light and the foredeck light are each wired to their own 5 amp breaker on my panel. The owner's manual says to "[p]rotect circuits with 1 amp...
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    Wind Gen diversion loads and smart battery monitors

    I get it, loud and clear. I will leave the diversion load negative connected to the negative bus. I just wonder why the manual for my charge controller would say the exact opposite. I guess they just didn't anticipate battery monitors like the SG200.
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    Wind Gen diversion loads and smart battery monitors

    I think it's written to be understood as follows, with my additions in bold italic: "Connect the Divert Load's negative (-) wire to the negative (-) terminal on the battery or the system's negative battery bus. HOWEVER, if you are using a smart battery fuel meter that measurers total Input to...
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    Wind Gen diversion loads and smart battery monitors

    It is the NCHC-12 from Flexcharge USA. J. Gordon & Co. includes it in their kit with the D-400 wind generator.
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    Wind Gen diversion loads and smart battery monitors

    Ohhhhhhh, that makes sense. Thanks for the illustration @Davidasailor26!
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    Wind Gen diversion loads and smart battery monitors

    Before I saw the responses to my post, I found this passage in the installation instructions for my charge controller: “a) Connect the Divert Load's negative (-) wire to the negative (-) terminal on the battery or the system's negative battery bus. If you are using a smart battery fuel meter...
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    Wind Gen diversion loads and smart battery monitors

    Na, this guy is made to go on the negative side of things.
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    Wind Gen diversion loads and smart battery monitors

    I'm about to install a Balmar SG200 Battery Monitor (which will be replacing my Balmar SmartGauge), and I'm grappling with a question that may exceed my understanding and expertise. Like most shunt-style battery monitors, the manual for the SG200 says that you should put the "SmartShunt"...