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  1. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I have been following a recent post, looking for an electronic circuit Cad

    I need a Cad program or simple drafting program that will allow me to draw
    electrical wiring diagrams.. I am about 90% complete wiring a 38 ft sail
    boat and because of all the equipment, I'm beginning to loose track of the
    circuit runs. I keep track the best I can with 'as built' sketches, using
    drafting templates, but I really want to do a proper job.

    I have posted this inquiry in the but all I ever get
    are recommendations for electronic circuit and PCB design programs.

    In the simpler ones I find very few symbols in the library that pertain to
    these types of components. The type of diagram I want to produce is somewhat
    similar to an automotive wiring diagram, showing wire colors, markings,
    routing, etc.

    Some of the components that should be represented are battery banks, battery
    selector switches and circuit breakers, inverter/charger, amp meters, volt
    meter, freq. meter, both AC and DC distribution panels, sub panels, GFI
    monitoring, equipment bonding system, electrolysis control monitor/control
    system, solar panels, windgenerator, engine gen., aux generator system, tank
    level monitoring circuits, bilge monitor/pumping control..

    As you can see the list goes on and on.. Right now I have a lot of it in my
    head and on hand drawn pages in a note book..

    Anyone have a recommendation that isn't going to require me to learn AutoCad
    or something as complicated..

  2. Have you had a look at Visio ??
    A pretty handy program for many things you may wish to put to paper. You get
    to pick which type of dwg to produce, ie mech eng, elect eng etc etc.
  3. <snip>

    I've never worked on boat circuits, but reckon I'd consider several

    1. Visio, as already recommended. It has a reasonable set of
    templates, as you can see from this illustration I've assembled
    Together with its many templates for lines, arrows, boxes, etc, and
    its text facilities, it could give you the flexibility you want.

    2. Microsoft Word. Making my own templates and using the program's
    reasonable drawing facilities.

    3. PaintShop Pro. Ditto. And as an example of what you can do with
    this approach, see Tony van Roon's work at
    He says: "I made a template with all necessary electronic symbols and
    icons and copy-and-paste whatever I need, then connect the lines, add
    color, etc."
  4. Should the opportunity arise to aquire Orcad 9.0 :), the part editor in
    that program is very easy to use and it doesn't take long to create you're
    own libraries !!
    Makes anything possible, I have my own library for veroboard for instance.
  5. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    I need a Cad draw electrical wiring diagrams
    The Library editor in CadSoft EAGLE can do the same.
    It can generate 1-page schematics.
    (The free version doesn't do tabbed-page drawings.)
  6. Guest

    I need guidiance on the following
    a. how to design remote input/ output panel, distribution panels and
    loop drawings
    b. how to produce the following documents: circuit diagrams, list of
    components,layout drawing and terminal
    c. components slection for PLC's, remote input/output panel and field
    d. hardware commissioning on site
    Maxwell Zabayo
  7. neon


    Oct 21, 2006
    i don't care if you are biulding a 500 ' boat wireing is best approached as connctions from here to there. car electrical are the same
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