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Atomic 4 Question

Marine electrical power components should be ignition protected to prevent them from being the ignition source (open spark) for an explosion or fire of the accumulated vapor thay may be in the bilge. Sure, standard automotive starters & solenoids will work and are real cheap in comparison to totally enclosed non-vented marine versions ... but non-ignition versions can make your boat go BOOOOOM. There''s a REAL difference (frame construction) between totally enclosed non-vented and vented automotive starters, etc.
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