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Electrical box for AC outlet?

What sort of electrical box do I need for an AC outlet on a boat? Can I buy a standard thing from a hardware store, or should it be marine-grade or waterproof or something?

West Marine sells GFCI outlets like these: MARINCO GFCI Duplex Outlet at West Marine

But I don't see any obvious sort of thing on their site to use for an electrical box with it.
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Re: Electrical box for AC outlet?

As long as the outlet will be "inside"....a hardware store box is just fine, as is the outlet itself. There is no need to pay the "marine" store premium. IF you have room, an oversize box is easier to use, or an extension ring on a standard box, similarly will give you a little more room in the box.

In the weather outlets, need better protection, that is a box and weatherproof cover that match the socket....same with the wiring connections.
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Re: Electrical box for AC outlet?

OK great.

With regard to the outlet itself, I would presume that one made for marine use would use corrosion-resistant materials or tinned conductors or something. But I see no indication (on the web, at least) that this is actually the case.
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Re: Electrical box for AC outlet?

I looked at the Marinco GFI on a boat this evening. It was not installed yet. It looks identical to the home depot versions and Marinco doesn't say otherwise. Marinco is just a reseller for this product (and many others), I will continue buying the household GFI's, which do not corrode in any visible way in my experience.

As far as a box, use plastic not metal. Buy a home depot one deep enough for a GFI and cut the extensions off that are designed for nailing to studs.
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