208 Switch Panel Upgrade w/ Pics

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Thought I would share my latest upgrade.
Last weekend I stumbled across this gem at a local marine junk store. Its a prewired rocker switch and breaker panel direct from a Grady dealer for my exact model except brand new. I had called Grady last summer to have one of these made because I was having constant problems with the switches and breakers failing (by this point I had replaced just about all of them) but delined due to the $600+ price tag.

Downloaded the wiring diagrams and cut all the harness plugs off bacause they are a major source of electrical frustration as they deteriorate over time. Mapped out the sources and inconsistencies attributed to the 10 year age difference in the current and new panel.

Heat shrunk butt connectors all the way around and mounted it back up. Looks and works like brand new. Definitely the best $100 i've spent on this boat.....ever.

Taken before tidying up the wires and replacing the panels.

It really updates the boats look, now there is no more fake wood trim anywhere on board.
 
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It was Seachest in Riviera Beach, they had another one that was a brand new one from my year (looks exactly like the one I removed but never installed). I think there was one more current grady panel but i didnt recognize the layout.
 

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Here's one lucky captain! Good stuff!

Out goes the fake wood (I hate it, too, just waiting for the right time to replace) - in comes the fake carbon fiber!!! :dance
 

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Need to do the same for my boat. Where did you get the wiring diagram from??

If I just replace the rocker switches, do you leave the old ceramic piece that is behind the black rubber button?

What is the function of this ceramic part and black button anyway?

Thanks,

Charlie
208 Adventurer :<><
 

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The ceramic parts are automatic fuses. If they're still operational toy may re-wire them and use them. Some people claim that they're unreliable. The rubber buttons are reset buttons for when the fuse trips.

In my case, though, the previous owner of my boat replaced them with blade fuses... That way you no longer need the ceramic part nor the rubber button.
 
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wow....nice Job. Mine is in rough shape also, I need to replace that crappy looking wood and I took it apart and looked in behind and it was not pretty! I am looking for to do an overhaul. Any ideal where I guy can find a full panel like Walkers Edge installed? I suppose if I guy has it all pulled apart, he may as well change all the switches and connections......any thoughts, tips, ideas are much appreciated!

thanks in advance!
 

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Great find and job. Do you still have your old panel? I am in Hobe Sound and would like to see if it is the same as the one in my 226. It sure looks like it.
 

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