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Old 04-09-2015, 09:55 AM   #32
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As often is the case, there is a fair amount of confusing several issues into one. Kevin summed it up best. There is a reason there is a breaker at the dock pedestal, and that it is sized a certain way. And why there should be an appropriately sized fuse or breaker right after any connection point leading to a smaller sized cable or lower ampacity circuit.

There are a variety of ways fires happen. The RC (who I am generally a big fan of) article discusses an all too common one, nicely and in depth. Though he is discussing why he loves Smart Plugs, and hates the old standard, his cautions about proper use of traditional cords and connectors is essential reading for any boater.

"There's the Right Way, the Wrong Way, and what some guy says he's gotten away with"
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