The rigors of the marine environment, such as vibration, pounding, salty air, engine-space, heat and exposure to chemicals, put a lot of pressure on the wires that are the central nervous system of any modern boat. But we like electricity — a lot — so taking extra steps to ensure our circuits are safe and reliable is a must.
Here’s what you need to know about Marine Grade wire.
|Each individual strand of Ancor Marine Grade® wire is fine stranded copper with each strand completely tinned plated for maximum protection against corrosion and electrolysis.||The marine wire stranding is unique, the strands are much finer making the wire very flexible, allowing it to better survive in a moving, vibrating boat.|
|Finally, Ancor’s proprietary premium vinyl insulation is sheathed in thicker insulation designed to stand up in the marine environment; it resists salt water, battery acid, oil, gasoline and ultraviolet radiation and provides greater resistance to heat, shock, water, flame, and chemicals.||It is made to American Wire Gauge rather than automotive SAE standards, which makes it 6 to 12 percent larger and therefore able to carry a given amount of current with less heat. Exceeds all UL 1426, US Coast Guard Charter boat (CFR Title 46) and ABYC standards.|
Can you use automotive wire in your boat? Yes.