I pulled the user manual from your website and have been un-successful installing this into my boat. The boat has power from a 12V battery which passes through an on/off switch before the head unit and then has a ground. I tried connecting the battery lead (yellow) and they remote (blue/white) to the power and then connecting the ground. I cannot get it to turn on. Can you help.
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Re: Installing CDM-7836 into a Boat
Yes I can help, the blue/white wire isn't meant for that purpose. That wire is meant for an amplifier turn-on. the wire you want to use is the red that is the accessory lead. What I would recommend is finding a constant 12V to hook to the Yellow and hook the switch 12V to the red. This way your radio will retain memory. Or you can connect both the red and yellow to that switch and never turn the switch off. Simply use the on/off button on the radio. Good Luck I hope I could help.
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Most boats do not come with a manual for the boat itself. Each system on the boat has it's own manual/instructions. There should be one for the motor, one for trolling motor, one for depth/fish finder, one for stereo, etc. These manuals are usually available online or from the manufacturer. Likewise for other components such as bilge pumps, trim/tilt units, etc. The boat itself is just a piece of fiberglass with systems and components installed on it. You won't find a standalone owners manual for your rig with everything in it. They don't exist.
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Installing a generator into a boat is critical to be done correctly. You need to contact the manufacturer of your generator for approval, and wiring diagrams. If done incorrectly (which if you are connecting 12v from gen), you may create eddy fields that can cause galvanic corrosion, not to mention electrical shock hazards.
If your generator isn't marine rated, then don't install it into a boat.
Portable generators can be used, but don't hardwire those into a boat. Just use extension cords to the appliances you want to power.