— May 2003
By Ben Ellison
Blue Sea Breaker Panels
The #8678 12- or 24-volt DC panel shown below is only one of many new models from Blue Sea Systems. This one features a digital multimeter capable of monitoring amperage flow as well as the status of up to three battery banks, with high- and low-voltage alarms. "Circuit energized" LEDs are included along with 30 common labels, which can be optionally backlit. Behind the panel are prewired positive and negative buses, along with a ground bus suitable to the lightning protection bonding discussed in the column. Do-it-yourselfers will be pleased to find that Blue Sea provides excellent instructions with their products as well as a wealth of useful information about boat electricity issues on its Web site. The #8678 costs $384.
Blue Sea Systems Phone: (360) 738-8230. www.bluesea.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.