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Old 02-07-2007, 08:02 AM
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I am looking for a simple DPDT toggle switch (black plastic toggle) to use in my pilothouse. Radio Shack has them. Any difference between these and those sold at West Marine for 3X more? Are the bodies of those sold at West Marine stainless and the ones at the Shack not?
Old 02-07-2007, 08:18 AM
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Most likley the West marine ones are some combination of stainless and/or brass so that they are marine grade. Non marine grade electrical components will corrode in a salt water environment so fast it will blow your mind. I would not save my money on electronics.
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Aren't they both Carling type switches likely made in Mexico or China?
Old 02-07-2007, 09:27 AM
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Don't know. I do know I once bought a Cigarette lighter splitter and used it on my boat one time, the next week I tried to use it again and it was corroded beyond usefulness.

Point being...we all get synical about "marine grade" and triple the price. You may be right, but maybe not, the same company can make a switch that is designed for salt and one that is not.
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Yeah - what he said. Salt and electrolysis, the best combination to absolutely destroy anything electrical on a boat. The higher the base voltage - the faster the destruction. Spend the money and get what's right. Nothing worse than throwing a switch and have it come off in your hand 10 miles off shore.

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this is when I break out the small magnet I carry in my truck. It always baffles me when I see a marine switch (etc.) made of stainless or brass that will come equipped with steel contacts or screws. I bought a small Garmin depthfinder last month to put on a skiff and it came with iron mounting screws. If it doesn't pass the magnet test it doesn't go on the boat.
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Got a marinized version from Sierra. Still not sure whether it's the same switch sold at Radio Shack for 1/3 the price.

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