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will posted 02-11-2002 02:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for will  
I am adding some new switches to the panel on my 18 Outrage. The existing ones are Perko but Cole Hersee appears to make a nicer switch. Any opinions out there?
triblet posted 02-11-2002 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I like Cole Hersee better than Perko. Perko
stuff ranges from inexpensive to really good,
all the CH stuff seems really good.

BW seems to use CH switches.


White Bear posted 02-11-2002 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for White Bear  Send Email to White Bear     
No contest - use the CH!
andygere posted 02-11-2002 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I am frustrated with the junky push-pull switches sold at West. Where can I get CH switches?
triblet posted 02-11-2002 06:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
CH's website is and it looks like you can order direct. I also think West Marine can order them (they carry some CH products).


jimh posted 02-11-2002 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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will posted 02-12-2002 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for will    
My 1991 Whaler has Perko's and they are cheap. The same CH's, while more expensive, seem much better made.
dgp posted 02-12-2002 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
The switches on my 2001 Montauk are made by . These are now used across the entire BW line.
Duncan posted 02-13-2002 05:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
I have one of those Hella (brand) 4 switch panels I got from West. Very neat appearance. No problems yet...only on boat a year though.
triblet posted 02-13-2002 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I just noticed in the old (2001) West Marine
catalog that the push-pull switches are CH.
But I seem to remember that they used to be
from someone else (not Perko).

And, yes, the 2002 West Marine catalog is out.
I was in the San Jose store today, and they
had them. Mine hasn't arrived yet, though.


Dick posted 02-13-2002 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I haven't seen a new Perko catalog, but I was told that they were out of the switch business. You can't go wrong with either CH or Carling. Most General (Sierra) are also good.
whalertim posted 02-14-2002 12:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
I have been in the switch bus. now for 14 years. I work in the testing lab for Eaton Corp. in Selma, NC. When looking for a good marine switch, look for a sealed plastic switch. CH & Carling both make an inexpensive switch that will work well for most marine applications. There is a big selection of toggle, rocker and push/ pull switches out there that really can dress up a console and function great. Also when considering a rocker or toggle, look at a switch that is somewhat loud when actuated, This seems to help if accidently turned on.
Tim Heath
whalertim posted 02-15-2002 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
Forgot to mention, also look for a switch that the contacts are a coined silver, not pure silver. A good coined silver that is alloyed with a copper base will last longer in salt air conditions.

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