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Custom Switch Panel Buyer’s Guide

5 Steps to a completely custom switch panel:

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1. Get In Touch!

Like always, the first step is to reach out and let us know you’re out there.  The quickest way is to simply give us a call.  An email works too, or use one of our forms.

We’re happy to chat about your project, and help determine the optimal solution.  When you call though, there are a number of items we need to know, which brings us to step #2:

  • Call: (843) 297-8348
  • Email: sales@newwiremarine.com
  • Get an online estimate: Try it Now!

Just shopping around?  Go ahead and get a rough estimate:

Easy Online Price Estimate

2. Requirements Gathering

This is where we need the most effort out of you.  We need an idea of what kind of custom switch panel you want!

Please take 10 minutes, and read through our options page!  It will save a ton of time if you are reasonably familiar with what we offer.

Think about:

  • What size/shape is your panel?
  • How many switches do you need, and what labels will they have?
  • What type of switches do you want?  (printed rocker, backlit rocker, toggle, push button, etc)
  • Do you need circuit breakers?
  • Do you want graphics or backlighting added to your panel?
  • Will you need your panel fully wired, only panel jumpers, or no wiring at all?

Timeline: This part is totally up to you.  Take as much time to gather the info as you need.

 Speed things up, by completing and emailing our RFQ:

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3. We’ll get you a quote

Now that we know the scope of the custom switch panel you need for your boat, it’s on us to get you a quote.

We’ll email you a detailed quote showing exactly what is included for the price.  If we got any of your requirements wrong, this is the best place to tell us, and we’ll be happy to revise the quote.

It’s important to review the quote for accuracy, but don’t get super caught up in the nitty gritty, it will all come together in the next phase: the proof!

Timeline: Once we have your requirements the quote comes quickly.  From instantly to maybe up to a day.

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4. Proofing and Revisions

Once you approve the quote either via phone or email, our CAD folks will start developing the first production proofs for your review.  This is the exciting part because the panel really starts to come together!

Our experienced designers create a detailed layout of your custom switch panel, and send high res PDF proofs for your review.  Your designer will work hand-in-hand with you on revisions until you’re 100% satisfied with the design.

We DO NOT require a deposit for a proof.  However, please note proofs are very time consuming, and cost us labor hours.  We ask that you are ready to proceed with purchasing the panel prior to asking us to do this (assuming we can come up with a satisfactory design of course).

Please consolidate proof comments!  Up to three proof revisions are free.  Additional revisions will be added to the quote at $50/hr.

Timeline: Initial and revised proofs are generally completed in 24-48 hours.

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5. Invoice and Production

Once the proof is approved we email you an e-Invoice, which can be paid securely online with any major credit card or paypal.  The invoice is for the full quoted amount, no deposits.

As soon as the invoice is paid, we go to work!  We mill the panel, etch any graphics or test, assemble and wire it up… all with American workers in our shop in Charleston, SC.

Please don’t pay the invoice until the design is perfect, and you are sure there are no more changes.

We’re happy to answer status questions during production… give us a ring and we’ll give you our best guess on a ship date.

Timeline: Varies seasonally and by scope of the panel, but typically between 5 and 14 days.  Contact us for current lead times