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Many boat part dealers have reported customers coming into their store looking for a relatively simple boat part and being overwhelmed by the price. These customers think a boat part will cost roughly the same as a similar car part. But, because there are many, significant differences between how cars run and how boats operate, boat parts will cost a relatively higher amount of money. For example, electrical applications in marine systems are highly specialized and must be completely sealed (unlike in a car) to prevent a potential explosion from gas vapor. For this reason, all electrical components for a boat will cost more, including the starter, alternator and distributor.