No, in a house that might be the case... on a a boat, where there are often no switches for a circuit, other than the breaker, the breaker really has to be designed to protect both the wire and the load. That isn't always true, since I do have a few fused switch panels on my boat, to separate out the individual lighting fixtures from a single circuit breaker, but this is not generally the case on a boat.
Originally Posted by svbeatrix
Interesting thread. I believe the purpose of a breaker is to protect the wire, not the load. Individual fuses, or sub-panels, can protect the device. There are a lot of nice ATC (automotive type) fuse blocks available and they come in sizes from 1A to 30A and are available worldwide. I have very few of the old glass fuses on my boat.
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