Houseboat Electrical Power Distribution - circuit breaker panels on house boats

Houseboat Electrical Distribution - circuit breaker panels

Houseboat Electrical Distribution - circuit breaker panels

When it comes to houseboat electrical power distribution, there's a big AC/DC circuit breaker panel on our Sumerset houseboat.


This year we purchased a 1990 Sumerset houseboat and upon suggestion by Sumerset we purchased the "owners manual" they published around 2007 but such did not answer a number of our questions.

We hope you or your readers can help as we have not found a way to gain any further knowledge about our boat.

There are several "bulbs, lamps or LED's" on the circuit panel (picture attached) that no longer light when the circuit is active. Can these be replaced from the outside by a "do-it-yourselfer" by twisting off?

I have not had any luck securing answers regarding our older model houseboat and would be interested to know if there is anyone knowledgeable who is willing to help!

Thanks in advance for any help.




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Reply - Answer
Well, congratulations on your Sumerset houseboat purchase, as they are some of the finest boats in the industry.

You can find replacement lamps, bulbs, LED's for distribution panels here, and they can be replaced by a knowledgeable DIY (do-it-yourselfer) who disconnects all the electrical power to the panel before hand.

NEVER work on live AC electrical circuits, so if you're not comfortable with the project, I would recommend finding a qualified marine mechanic to do it for you.

Now, before changing the bulbs or lamps on the panel, first identify if those circuits are actually active, installed, or defective?

For folks with new installations, remodels, or refurbish projects, you may end up needing to find AC or DC electrical distribution panels, parts, breakers, labels, and switches, for the popular makes and brands.


Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their houseboat electrical panel tips and experiences. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.


Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats


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by: Originator of the Question

The bulb are not replaceable; rather, it is a one piece item with a built in bulb, holder and two wires that attach inside the electrical panel. For my Sumerset Houseboat the part # is 1850-1-10-20320 and can be purchased for around $2.55 each by calling 800-421-8855 (Electroswitch Electronic Products).

It apparently cannot be purchased directly from the maker SoLiCo (Sorenson Lighted Controls) at http://www.solico.com/ . The website, however, can help you determine what you might need in terms of part number.

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Dear Old Houseboater ... Thanks so much for your explanation! The information you gave is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks again.

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Replacement indicator lights
by: Old Houseboater

The panel shown in the picture contains indicator lights that press in the panel. They are about an inch and a quarter long and have wire ends.

Shut off the power and remove one of the lights and take it to an industrial electrical supply store. You won't find them at HD or Lowes. They come in a variety of colors. If you have any that are not shining steadly replace those as well as the dead ones.

I suggest you replace with the same lights as the original. The led units are brighter and are distracting. Radio Shack used to carry them but I don't think they do any longer.

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