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By Greg Pinch (nawakwa1) on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - 8:11 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
My installer (car) was wondering if a boat is 12V like car instals?

 
By David Burns (dbjts) on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - 8:24 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Yes it is.
 
By Mike (upupnaway) on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - 9:15 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Yes, but try to do all grounding to the battery.
 
By Rod McInnis (rodmcinnis) on Wednesday, March 24, 2004 - 12:57 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
The voltage is the same, but there is a major difference with respect to "ground".

On an automobile it is only necessary to run the power wire to the amp/stereo. The ground wire is usually connected to a nearby spot on the frame. On a boat, there is (usually) no metal frame so a ground wire has to be run back to some central ground point. For the stereo deck, there is usually a ground "bus bar" up under the dash that can be used. For the amps you will need to run a large wire back to a common connection point, which is usually on the engine.

Rod

 
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