We have all experienced the perception that an item sold in a marine store or labeled as a “marine” product automatically doubles in price of the “same” item from a non-marine source. From simple wire to connectors to entertainment systems, we all contemplate just using run-of-the-mill gear on board to save a few bucks in the process. After all, what’s the harm?
The most important reason to use the correct types of components and to follow the correct standards in their selection, installation and maintenance is safety. Running lights, communication radios, navigation gear, and other electronics need to work every time. It’s bad to flip the switch and have nothing happen. It’s even worse when something goes wrong that requires emergency repair under way.