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Old 06-28-2007, 08:46 PM   #1
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Ok, I'm sure this has been asked a billion times.

Is there a significant 'safety' difference between marine and automotive accessories? Examples are battery isolators, chargers, inverters.

I am installing another battery for use primarily the on-board accessories (laptop, DVD player, etc.)

I've bared my sole.

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MM..the main issue is corrosion control...alot of auto stuff are not designed for the salt water environment...if your adding a second batt...then be sure to use marine grade lugs and hardware otherwise your putting the boat at risk a short time later........

good luck with the install..... arr
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Thanks for the info. I'm with you on the salt factor. Here in the 'inland' northwest most shops install auto components (audio/video types) and do little tricks to prevent water damage. I'm going to go with that theory and press on. I don't anticipate a run thru the San Juans in the near future.

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Will you own the boat forever? If not then there's no gurantee it will remain a fresh water boat. If you're remotely near salt water then do the job right. I'm a fan doing things right and doing them once. Do you want to be "that guy"?
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Funny, old post. I have since 'followed' the knowledgeable wisdom given and installed the upgrades I mentioned 'correctly'. All marine grade components and hardware.

Thanks for steering me correctly
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