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Re: Running Out of Panel Switches
"Is there a reason that everyone uses breakers rather than fuses?"
Yeah. On boats, like private aircraft, if you have a breaker you don't have to rummage through all the drawers and spares and then say "Honey, I'm taking the dink, I'll be back tomorrow with a new fuse, live in the dark until then."
Fuses can be a RFPITA that way.
As to breakers, there are two main kinds. Thermal breakers, which DO wear out with each trip, and magnetic (magnetohydrodynamic, whatever) breakers, which don't. So after maybe 30 years, you can replace them anyway.
I hate fuses. Coupla years ago, I took all the spare fuses for my car and put them in a "week long" PILL BOX that allowed me to sort most of them out by size (Monday=2.5Amp, Tuesday=5, etc.) but I don't know how many years it took to figure out that was a logical way to get all the plastic boxes (5 fuses per, in whatever assortments?) migrated into one place.
For those of us who foolishly have not memorized the layout of the Cat27 breaker panel, perhaps you could post a pic? Most panels, on most boats, are either modular or expandable. You get a new panel face, but all the breakers are moved over or kept in place, so the expansion isn't as expensive as you might think. And, you get the benefit of one nice neatly organized breaker panel, or panels. Instead of something either crowded or cobbled.