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    Mine is Romex also and I cringe when I look at how it was done ..very 1930's.

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    Glad to see you guys already caught this one. Romex is a no no on boats. It is not only not permitted by Industry standards, it is not permitted by Federal law. Back in the 90's when we (the USCG) started paying attention to what the houseboat industry was doing that is one of the first things we cited them for. Also CB Panels. One builder had several fatalities because they used house breaker panels and ended up recalling several thousand houseboats, and going bankrupt because of it. 7 or 8 years later the one boat he missed in the recall killed two swimmers. So doing it right is very important.

    The best thing is to just bite the bullet and realize that electrical systems on boats are no place to try to cut corners and save money. Best to do it right.

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    If you are more comfortable with videos rather than reading there are a lot of good videos on youtube dealing with Marine electrical systems. The best are by Off Center Harbor .com with Don Ely at Maine Maritime Academy. Starts with DC and goes from there.
    Electrical Systems part 1. Batteries http://youtu.be/tUul6kB9slo
    Electrical Systems part 2. Battery cables http://youtu.be/GETAtxWuDxA
    Electrical Systems part 3. Wire http://youtu.be/Zd8af95HK68
    Electrical Systems Part 4. Connections. http://youtu.be/5DPtyfIm_LE

    More here http://www.offcenterharbor.com/?s=electrical&go= but you may have to join to view them.
    Last edited by Ike; 10-30-2014 at 02:09 PM.

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