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Old 14-08-2018, 08:31   #1
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Inline ELCI OK?


I'm preparing to add a 2nd 30 amp service to my boat.
I've looked at both Bass and Blue Sea ELCI surface mounted distribution panels.
I have a long run of about 15 feet from my service entrance to my nav station where I want to run the panel. The run is too long to comply with ABYC standard that the ELCI should be located within 7 feet of the entrance.

I found an inline ELCI from North Shore Safety that I could permanently mount in the lazarette, then put the main panel in the nav station with a standard reverse polarity distribution flush mount panel.

Will this type of installation comply with ABYC standards?
I'd really prefer not to duck into the lazarette each time I want to power on my 2nd circuit.

Info on the unit:


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Old 14-08-2018, 19:53   #2
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Re: Inline ELCI OK?

many boats have main breakers near the cable entrance. and a panel in the cabin.

personally at 15' I would just do it at the panel. and make sure the wire was well secured and protected between the inlet and panel. to get rid of the hassel of having the hidden breaker somewhere.

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Old 14-08-2018, 20:51   #3
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Re: Inline ELCI OK?

To comply with the ABYC Standard, the longest distance, measured along the conductor between the shore power inlet and the first OCPD is 10'.

In the case of a combo ELCI and CB such as the Blue Sea product, the assembly can be installed close to the inlet in a watertight box, left on, with the control taking place at the panelboard as usual. No need to open the lazerette unless the ELCI or CB trips.

The unit you provided a link for is an ELCI only so it does not provide the OCP that ABYC specifies.
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Old 15-08-2018, 10:12   #4
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Re: Inline ELCI OK?

ELCI AC Panels in enclosures.
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