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I have a dead short on my boat what should i test firsst

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First try to use a continuity tester (ohm meter). You take both wires off the battery and connect the ohmmeter to both battery cables. Again no power from any battery. When the positive and negative cables are connected by this meter the meter should not show connection. Positive and negative are separate and whatever is shorted out is connecting them. Everything should be off. When you pull each fuse till you break the connection you will have found the problem.

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