Here’s a thought. When the engine
doesn’t crank, use a remote starter switch to bypass the panel. This connects
to the solenoid on the starter (the small terminal marked “s” and the pos
battery terminal – thick red cable). This will completely bypass the panel at
This will help isolate your issue. If the engine cranks, you’ll know the issue
is in the panel or harness (probably a poor connection). If it doesn’t crank it
is not the panel.
To anyone else reading this, this item
should be in your spare parts. Some people will use and ruin a screwdriver to
do the same thing but this is much safer.
With best regards,
Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K -
Currently cruising - Tahiti, French
a couple of years I have had an issue ,where I turn the key and nothing
happens, or the blower may come on and then turning the key further results in
the blower going off. It seems to be a condition where there is an electrical
contact ,but when additional load is required ,the contact is broken. I can go
months without this occurring , but it does, and I need to resolve it ,before
it gets me into trouble. I have a new starter battery and starter ,so that is
not the issue. I have in the past turned the battery switches off and on
repeatedly and then been able to start the engine ,but not always. We met up
with Delos in the Caribbean a few times and I know Brian disassembled his
switches to clean the contacts.But I did not ask if he was having starting issues
, I guess I assumed he did. Before I go to the trouble of doing that, I was
wondering if other owners have had such an issue and cleaned their switches .
Is there other possible causes I should look at first. It would not be easy to
get the pins out of the handles , and disconnect all the cables in order to
disassemble the switches ,so I don't want to do it if it has never been an
issue before, I have never heard anyone in all these years mention a problem
with the switch contacts.