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Would fitting a BATTERY DISCONNECT SWITCH, similar to the one below, lessen the battery drain while the boat is not in use?: http://www.discountmarinesupplies.com/product.cgi?group=96071&product=96147 (no lights or other auxilaries etc are being powered while the outboard is not running.)

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Yes but do not run the bilge pump through it. Bilge pumps should always be run directly to the battery with and in line fuse or breaker as per American Boat and Yacht and Council.

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