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Re: Can you overload a 12 volt battery?
It sounds like neither of you guys is planning on using boat cable (tinned wire) and that will pretty much make your hard work a waste of time. Welding cable is NOT acceptable on boats these days, nor is untinned copper wire, stranded or otherwise. Ask anybody with a boat from the 80's who has ripped out apparently good welding cable, and replaced it with very expensive boat cable. A friend actually had a fire from a corroded spot in a welding cable start system.
There are certain standards for wiring a boat that are not needed in other applications, and that is why we use different cabling and wire.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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