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renoduckman posted 06-25-2011 04:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for renoduckman   Send Email to renoduckman  
About five years ago [I] bought a switch panel from West Marine, a black one with four rocker switches and fuse holders made for marine use. All my original gear was gone from my boat when [I] got it. A couple of times with a bit of rain or damp air [I] get bad connections, the switches get wet and don't work. Is there better quality stuff [I am] supposed to get? Or, just having bad luck? A bit frustrating. Joe
Phil T posted 06-25-2011 05:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Phil T  Send Email to Phil T     
You can replace the individual switches and fuse holders or buy a new panel. [Blue Sea Systems] or Carling are two good brands. I prefer [Blue Sea Systems]. Avoid Sea Dog or Sierra.
contender posted 06-25-2011 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Cole Hersee is another very good company. What ever switch you choose, coat it with an electrical spray before the install this time. Good luck
jimh posted 06-25-2011 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Sealed switches will tolerate a damp environment like a small boat's console.
HawaiianWhaler posted 06-26-2011 08:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for HawaiianWhaler  Send Email to HawaiianWhaler     
Here's a link to sealed switches from just one manufacturer:

To quote the manufacturer, these switches offer: "...complete protection against dust and prolonged spray and submersion under pressure."

It seems that the "actuator" selection includes what seems to closely, if not exactly, match the original Whaler rocker switches on my boat, i.e. "Illuminated convex rocker with bar lens(es)"

If I ever have need to replace any of the rocker switches on my Whaler, I would consider these.

Good luck.

anthonylisske posted 06-29-2011 07:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for anthonylisske  Send Email to anthonylisske     
I have had a [Blue Sea Systems] panel for the last six years. The [switches] constantly get wet. The boat is stored in-water six months a year. Never had one [switch malfunction] yet.
jimh posted 06-29-2011 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
ASIDE: I do not know of any manufacturer of marine electronics called "Blue Seas." There is a very good manufacturer of marine electronics that operates under the name "Blue Sea Systems."

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