Originally Posted by preservedkillick
Testing: Switch off, bilge pump disconnected, I get 12volt reading between disconnected positive wire and positive post. So I must have a leak right?
That's right. The ends of the positive cable should be dangling in the air, so to speak, at both ends. So you shouldn't read anything.
Next I tested for ohms between the positive wire and the negative post, and got what I believe is 60k ohms. According to what I read, anything over 10k ohms is negligible..so I have a very negligible leak ..correct?
I've never heard that 10K figure and I would think that is a real problem. As I said before, both ends of your positive circuit should be pictured as dangling in the air, not attached to anything. Some how, some way the current from your ohmeter is finding its way from one lead back to the other lead. And that shouldn't happen unless maybe you have a digital clock or something like that attached to both positive and negative leads.
Just an idea:
10K sounds like it could be water. Do you have a wet connection somewhere that provides a route to ground? A pin-***** in the insulation of a wire laying in water somewhere would do it. Bilge pump lead?
I began to test for amps in each circuit
I've never gotten anywhere by doing that, but if you measured 200 ma, then your meter is sensitive enough so that it may provide useful information. You're talking 200 ma with a device turned on, right?
With solid state devices, Ohm's law doesn't always seem to apply. Hit a circuit with your teeny 1.5 volt meter, you get one reading, turn on the battery at 12V and it does something altogether different. So you measure resistance with your meter, and then - Holy Cow! - the circuit draws a lot more current than you figured it would.
Keep fiddling around though, and you'll figure out what your problem is. (Or else you will finally figure out what the definition of is, is