Had the pleasure of visiting our friends Scott and Jeanie and their boat 'Joie de Vivre' in Stuart on Sunday. Always enjoy snooping around other boats, especially other Whitby 42's. Scott proudly showed me his wiring system and trust me he has reasons to be happy with it (installed, no doubt at great expense, by the previous owner). It is a thing of beauty but also serves to illustrate the complexity of the current method of wiring a boat. ALL the wires lead back to a central panel usually midships.
Installing such a system is way beyond my meager abilities and patience so my only choice would be to contract it out. This is unlikely to be a cheap option and unless I stand over the installer I may still not understand where all the squiggly amps go.
I can investigate one of the new distribution systems, e.g. the Capi2 bus based power supply systems. Nigel Calder went this route on his new sailboat Nada, not without some pain, see "On the Leading Edge"
This is one of the comments about the system which I like;
Comments which stop short of "are you completely f#&king nuts?" would be greatly appreciated.