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    38XX starboard volt meter

    I think I read somewhere, probably on these awesome forums, that Bayliner wired the starboard volt meter, upper and lower, hot all the time. Mine’s that way and I’m looking for confirmation that is correct. The port meters only come alive when the key is on, as one would expect.
    Jim Gandee
    1989 3888
    Hino 175's
    Fire Escape
    [email protected]
    Alamitos Bay, SoCal

    #2
    Jim, do you mean by hot, that the volt meter is on all the time even though the ignition is switched off.
    Hugh
    1990 3888
    Hino 175 Diesels

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      #3
      Exactly Hugh.
      Jim Gandee
      1989 3888
      Hino 175's
      Fire Escape
      [email protected]
      Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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        #4
        Jim, that's exactly how my 1989 38 behaves, starboard voltmeter always shows voltage.

        James
        1989 Bayliner 3888, 175 Hinos,
        Hurth 630's Onan 8kw MDKD
        Lowrance Electronics!
        Boating on Georgian Bay & the North Channel
        Completed the Great Loop 07/25/19
        AGLCA #8340
        MTOA# 7469

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          #5
          Thank James! That’s the exact boat I have and that’s what it does.
          Makes you wonder why Bayliner wired it that way though.
          Jim Gandee
          1989 3888
          Hino 175's
          Fire Escape
          [email protected]
          Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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          • LTCret
            LTCret commented
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            Because it is reading the house batteries. ??

          #6
          LT, interesting thought, I’ll have to check.
          Jim Gandee
          1989 3888
          Hino 175's
          Fire Escape
          [email protected]
          Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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          • Jeffw
            Jeffw commented
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            That was my first thought, poor man's battery meter...

          #7
          I added 2 digital battery monitors to my boat and wired them to a switch so they are not on all the time. One for the house batt and one for the start batt. Makes it much easier to see if your charging systems are working properly (alternator when running and on board battery charger when plugged into shore power or on generator). They are from blue sea and got them off ebay.
          Doug
          1995 2859 -extensively rebuilt/restored 2016/17
          496 big block - Bravo ll leg
          The Doghouse
          Prince George BC

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            #8
            I have what appears to be an OEM switched volt meter located just left of the down helm. Via rotary switch it displays the start batt, house batt or gen start batt voltage. Doesn’t make sense to me that a main engine volt meter would be used to display house voltage as that is what indicates alternator status.
            Jim Gandee
            1989 3888
            Hino 175's
            Fire Escape
            [email protected]
            Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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            • Jeffw
              Jeffw commented
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              Or maybe Frick did all the port side wiring, and Frack did all the starboard side. Just a thought...

            #9
            Maybe because one side is the house and the other the start bank. House would be in use and the volt meter would show condition.
            Started boating 1955
            Number of boats owned 32
            Bayliners
            2655
            2755
            2850
            3870 presently owned
            Favorite boat. Toss up. 46' Chris Craft, 3870 Bayliner

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              #10
              Jim,

              This is from the Bayliner manual pcpete posted in another thread. The last paragraph states that the starboard volt meter will show battery voltage when the main battery switch is on to allow monitoring house battery condition with the engines off.
              It's nice to know the reason Bayliner built them this way.
              James
              1989 Bayliner 3888, 175 Hinos,
              Hurth 630's Onan 8kw MDKD
              Lowrance Electronics!
              Boating on Georgian Bay & the North Channel
              Completed the Great Loop 07/25/19
              AGLCA #8340
              MTOA# 7469

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                #11
                Thank you MacPhid! I never would have thought that but clearly that’s the way they wired it! I appreciate you posting that info!
                Jim Gandee
                1989 3888
                Hino 175's
                Fire Escape
                [email protected]
                Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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