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How much does it cost to install electronics on a boat?

The national average cost for a marine electronics installer runs about $80 an hour but many have minimums, so you can plan on saving around $100 by doing the work yourself.

Can boat electronics get wet?

The console of your GPS and radar system is susceptible to water and moisture damage simply because it on a boat. You can use it to great effect when traveling up and down the coast, but this system will be rendered inoperable if it is damaged by water during a storm.

How much does it cost to install radar on a boat?

For most of us, it’s a significant investment, and budget limitations often end up being the great tiebreaker. You can add radar capability to many MFDs for about $1,000. Stand alone radars that will provide more features and menu options begin at around $1,200 and can go way up from there.

How much does a boat sound system cost?

For a professional installation, expect to pay between $600 and $800 for a baseline boat stereo system.

How much does it cost to install depth finder?

Installing a fish finder will take even a seasoned pro a good couple of hours. Therefore, if you decide to take your boat and basic fish finder to a professional, you should expect to pay anywhere between $200 and $400 for the job.

Can I use regular wire on a boat?

In general, automotive wire can be used on boats, assuming that it is SAE (Society of Automotive Engineering) J378, J1127 or J1128 rated, but it is not recommended. Marine-specific wire is unique in a few ways. Most importantly, marine wire is larger for a given gauge size, up to 12% larger in some sizes.

Do I need a breaker on my boat?

Most boats over 20 feet or so will have one or more distribution panels that allow circuits to be switched off and on, and provide some form of over-current protection to protect wires and loads from damage. This is done with either circuit breakers or fuses, just like in home wiring systems.

What happens if a marine battery gets wet?

All water, however, is corrosive. Continual exposure to freshwater will break down the battery with rust and slow, discharge rates. If you notice that the battery is submerged in freshwater, you should react in the same way as saltwater. Dry the housing and terminals.