Originally Posted by L124C
I don't think exposed circuits in the bilge is normal practice in the marine industry. I certainly have not seen it.
It is not common practice as it is disallowed under ABYC.
"188.8.131.52 Current-carrying conductors shall be routed as high as practicable above the bilge water level and other areas where water may accumulate. If conductors must be routed in the bilge or other areas where water may accumulate, the connections shall be watertight."
"Shall be water tight" pretty much excludes any sort of bus bar. Adhesive lined heat shrink butts are a great watertight connection that hold up, long term in a bilge.. Heck they've been proven, 100% submerged, in water wells for nearly 35 years....