Remote Controlled Blower

Celebrity00

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Hello, first post in this forum. I have a 19-foot I/O bowrider (Merc 4.3, yr 2000, carb). Anyone ever wired their blower motor switch to operate from a remote key fob? Just like a remote starter on a car but just for the blower (not the ignition). I want to be able to start the blower from a distance a couple minutes before I get into the boat. It would probably need to have an "idiot light" on the dash too so I don't forget about it. Any safety concerns that I'm not thinking about?
 

alldodge

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Should not be an issue if you can get the controls. Might want it with a timer so if its accidentally energized as you walk away it won't keep running
 

Scott Danforth

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Make sure anything you mount in the bilge is SAE J1171 certified

Trailer boat or mored boat?

I turn my blower in when I launch the boat and tie off. When I get back from parking the truck, fire it up and go
 

Lou C

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Sounds like it could be done but I’d feel more comfortable opening up the engine hatch and checking for fuel vapors before turning on anything electrical. I think all gas inboards should have gas vapor detectors.
 

Bob Sander

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Hello, first post in this forum. I have a 19-foot I/O bowrider (Merc 4.3, yr 2000, carb). Anyone ever wired their blower motor switch to operate from a remote key fob? Just like a remote starter on a car but just for the blower (not the ignition). I want to be able to start the blower from a distance a couple minutes before I get into the boat. It would probably need to have an "idiot light" on the dash too so I don't forget about it. Any safety concerns that I'm not thinking about?
It's doable.
Remote control modules and remotes are cheap on ebay. I would mount some kind of exterior light as well... maybe even turn the nav lights on with the remote blower... something to give you feed-back from a distance that the blower has been activated.
 

H20Rat

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Just don't mount it in the engine bay. Stuff it up under the dash, and just T into the existing wires for the blower switch.
 
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