Once known as Hartley18
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Switching of the positive conductor is part of the ABYC standards and a negative switched circuit will or should fail a survey if a competent surveyor is used...
Maine, it's interesting then that many commercial off-the-shelf bilge pump control panels (like the one below, currently fitted to my boat) are negative switched - that's one reason so many people have problems hooking them up!
1. Are you saying a commercial purpose-built product
doesn't meet the standards??
2. Do you seriously expect a competent surveyor to inspect the entire wiring system on a boat - looking for circuits that might be negative switched??
No. I didn't think so.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"