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Old 02-04-2013
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Re: Power Outlet Sizzle - Help Please

copper wire corrodes. Salt water is an excellant corroder. Old wires have had plenty of time to corrode, get brittle, and break. This will cause either an overloading (a cable meant to pass 20 amps will not be able to pass that when half the strands are corroded and broken) or a short.

I think if that were my boat, I would consider replacing most of the wiring as you get a chance to. I would also replace all the breakers and outlets as they too will probably have some corrosion inside

It might also be a good time to consider bringing your outlets up to household code (flip them over so the ground pole is up)
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