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Re: Is ELCI needed if AC only runs to GFCI outlets?
Short version: 30A main breaker running to two branches. Each branch powers a GFCI outlet. Can I skip the ELCI?
Long version: I'm tearing out and replacing the AC electrical system on my boat.
I have a new AC panel (Tracker model 116516) that contains a 30A dual breaker, one 15A breaker for the battery charger, and one 10A breaker run to an in-panel GFCI outlet.
If I don't wire the battery charger directly to the panel but instead connect it via a new GFCI outlet on its branch, am I sufficiently protected so that I can skip installing an expensive ELCI breaker?
You can't run 15A outlets, even if GFCI directly off a main breaker. You need a main breaker then sub breakers for each branch. However you are going to be running the GFCI off the sub breaker and plugging the charger into it which is fine. The requirement for ELCI's has once again been extended while the manufacturers work out some details, and currently no requirement for the ELCI.. You can always add one at a later date....
A GFCI won't negate the need for an ELCI once the standard is in effect and GFCI's will still be needed in galley, head, engine spaces and weather deck locations on top of the ELCI.
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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