Below is the email that I sent my boat mechanic about electrical problems with my 2004 SD217o/b.
After the guys jumped the batteries to start the boat I noticed
that I didn't have any helm instrumentation once outside your
breakwall including the marine radio but I was able to make it to my
marina without any engine problems.
Once docked I wasn't able to restart the boat. After checking
the breakers and thinking that the under-charged
batteries might be the problem, I filled both batteries with
distilled water and charged them. I was still unable to get full
instrumentation at the helm nor any power to lower the motor.
Checking the voltage at the battery, one maintained only an 80%
charge while the other only a 60% charge. I decided to replace
the batteries with two new AGM batteries. Here's what I can tell
Cleaned the cables, battery leads and installed them:
After turning the key to the acc. position there was no voltage
registering on the helm gauge.
The gas gauge would instantly pin to the right past full.
Systems that worked included the horn, nav lights, courtesy lights
and the music radio would also power up.
The depth gauge worked intermittently.
The marine radio did not work.
The bilge pump would not run.
The motor would not lower into the water or even try.
The accessory plug registered no voltage with a multi meter.
I check the breakers again which seem to be fine. Cleaned
corrosion from the fuel sender ground wire and reattached it with
no effect (may attach ground wire to a different location and
The boat hasn't run since bringing it over. Any suggestions?
If anyone was any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.
United States Coast Guard Aux, VFC, FSO-VE