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I want to install a 12 volt power point like the car lighter plug in my boat. Can it be done and how?

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You can purchase this socket/connector at any marine store. You'll have to drill a hole large enough to slip the connector thru, but small enough so that it does not fall thru. Their should be hole dimensions listed on the pkg. Then, all you will have to do is run a positive wire to the postive battery or existing battery hot lead, and run a ground to the battery or exisiting ground lead. Also add a fuseable link to protect the circuit.

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