Hi All, figured I should share what I have found through countless hours of research and frustration when trying to replace the rocker switches in this boat.
So first of all, shame on me for not looking closely at what I currently had in there!
So last year I decided I wanted to replace all of the weathered (and they do look pretty bad) rocker switches on the dash (there are 9 of them). My boat has the Euro style rockers that basically look like a Contura rocker but without lines or raised bumps, just a single indent about the size of a marble. They are also black in color (well they loo grey now due to weathering).
So I start looking for new rockers and decide to buy them from Paneltronics as I liked the style they had. I get them in and all is good so far. The look good and they are made by Carling (never a bad thing there).
So finally get around to the project last weekend. Pulled off the dash panel that had 5 rockers in it. Cleaned up the double sided tape, popped out the old rockers, took pics so I could wire the new one up correctly, all is good so far (did I mention I am an idiot at this point?).
So grab the new rockers so I could snap them into the panel, hey wait a minute, these won't fit!!!
Seems Maxum decided to use a rocker switch made by Arco Electric, made in England, and uses a much smaller cutout than normal rockers. The cutout is 1" x 1/2"!
So, all the rockers I bought will not work unless I remake the entire dash panel (not going to happen) so now I am off researching for new ones that will fit a 1 x 1/2 cutout.
Well, seems nobody makes a Contura style rocker that will fit that cutout. I do fine some normal (but ugly) rockers that will fit the cutout but I want to stay with a Contura style if all possible.
I look in the Arco Electric Catalog and find that they do not even list these style rockers at all, just normal style ones.
I then find Great Lakes Skipper has what I need but in White (or cream color). From that listing I was able to get the Arco Electri part # (which I should have noted on mine but again, I am an idiot). Then by knowing that part # and seeing how the scheme worked in the catalog I had, I was able to figure out what the black ones should be.
So then I start searching for the Arco part # and find this place:
Seems a bit shady but the only reviews I could find on them were positive so I give them a try.
It seems they have 2 of the 3 styles that I need so why not, the price was right too at $1.50 each
So, for all you older Maxum and Bayliner owners out there. If you want to replace your rocker switches and you have the below type, here is your place.
Standard SPST Off/On Rocker - Maxum # 31206, superceded to 1701375 (labled as Arco Electric # C1423EABB)
You can buy them here for $1.50 each and they have 34 left in stock as of today (sorry but I bought twice what I needed just in case
Standard SPST Off/Mom On Rocker - Maxum # 31207, superceded to 1701376 (labled as Arco Electric # C1424EABB)
You can buy them here for $1.50 each and they have 2,392 left in stock as of today (sorry but I bought twice what I needed just in case
So on my boat there is 9 total switches. There are 6 of the normal Off/On (and I bought 12). There are 2 of the normal Off/mom On (and I bought 4)(horn and depth sounder adjustment).
That leaves 1 switch left. That one is a DPST On/On switch that so far has been elusive. I have not been able to figure out the Arco # but I am sure it is something like C1425 or C1426 and then EABB but just guessing.
This switch is for the Anchor Light and it is wired so that you can turn on the Stern Light while at Anchor or if you turn on the nav Lights, it will turn on both Bow and Stern.
So far all I have on this unit is Maxum # 31208, superceded to 1701377. According to Bayliner, this part # is NLA (no longer available).
So at the moment I am stuck calling all the dealers I can find to see if one has any left in old stock.
Now I did have a promising call yesterday with a dealer north of Baltimore that said their computer showed 4 in stock. So far they have not been able to locate them though but if they do, I am buying 2 of them. This was at Riverside Marine in White Marsh, MD (their Essex location did not have any though).
If I get any further updates on this last switch, I will be sure to post here but hopefully what I have posted so far will help someone in this area.
Good luck and happy boating!