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Marine-grade wiring provides peace-of-mind when you're far from shore.
Sophisticated marine electronics and instruments only operate at peak potential when supplied with power at the right voltage, which necessitates high-quality wire like Ancor's Primary Wire. Ordinary automotive-type wire can suffer a loss of conductivity after a few months in the marine environment. Corrosion takes place, and corrodes the copper conductor, when the wire’s jacket and insulation are compromised by water intrusion. Marine-grade wire from Ancor is rated for oily and wet environments because its jacket is impervious to those conditions. Each strand has a tin coating for extra corrosion resistance (note the “silver” look when you strip it).
This article covers DC marine wiring, including wire selection, wire terminals, how to make secure connections, ABYC standards and more.
By Tom Burden, Last updated: 11/7/2019
This article includes some handy tables you can use to select the right gauge wire for your application.
By Tom Burden, Last updated: 6/1/2020