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Old 01-19-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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Anyone with a 2600/2700 SE cruiser has likely noticed the ignition switch is in the worst spot. I have broken 1 key and bent another with my knees over the past few seasons.
I decided to add a push button start and not use the key switch. I made a custom panel that mounts where the recessed holder is on the lower right side of the dash. It has an aviation style covered toggle and weatherproof push button. I got the wiring diagrams and found I can readily parallel off the key switch. I ran the power circuit through one of the spare accessory switches in the dash for anti theft protection.
Now the key switch is still in service, but I can use the new set up instead. No more broken keys.
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:39 PM   #2
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I have the same issue with my 2400 SCR... How about some pictures?

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Old 01-19-2013, 02:57 PM   #3
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I have the same issue with my 2400 SCR... How about some pictures?

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Here is the panel itself. I did not grab any photos of the install. I also included my installation sketch. Trying this from my ipad so not sure if pics will make it up.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:12 PM   #4
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Paul, I like this idea. I have the same problem with keys.

Just so I understand your approach: the way you wired it, to start the engine you'd turn on the accessory, then turn on the new "Run" switch, then press the Start switch. Is that correct?

And the anti-theft part works because you'd have to know that one of the accessory switches is in the circuit, right?

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That is correct. The aircraft toggle is also to shut off the engine.
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would love to see a few pictures of your install...
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:56 PM   #7
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would love to see a few pictures of your install...
My boat is in storage for the winter. I typically 'visit' it once a month or so. I will try to grab a picture next time. Not much to see really since the new panel fits exactly where the wallet holder was mounted (which was a black plastic molded insert). My new panel is shaped and drilled to fit it exactly, so I can remove 2 screws, disconnect wires, and screw the insert right back in if I decide to sell her.
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Neat idea Paul. Does the factory accessory switch interrupt the "Run" circuit or the "Start" circuit?

Question though, did you figure out the max amps that were going through the ignition switch when it was in the Run position? Just curious if the accessory switch can handle that load.
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The factory accessory switch interupts all power, so it will kill the run circuit and prevent the start circuit from completing.
The original key switch is fed from a 20 amp fuse protected feed, so the max current is less than 20 amp. The factory switches are also fed from 20 amp circuits, so capable of this service. The toggle switch I installed is rated 20a, and the push button is rated 60a.
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I love innovation, but have to ask....

1) I assume that toggle shutoff really is a protected switch so you don't accidentally shut the motor off? So you would need to lift the cover in order to actuate the shutoff?

2) If you bend keys with your knees, then what is to stop you from hitting the starter while the engine is running?

3) Wouldn't it have just been easier to move the existing keyed switch?

4) What is to prevent anyone from starting the boat? Is there a keyed switch someone else that activates/deactivates the circuit?
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