Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maine Coast
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Re: Power Outlet Sizzle - Help Please
Yep, I'm actually dealing with that here. Ok not connectors on a boat, but power line. A poor connector consumes power. An undersized conductor also consumes power. Both, create heat. If you replaced the cord, take a good look at the female connector on your boat as well. Corrosion and oxidization are resistive. A resistor is the best/perfect consumer of electricity. Good luck. .... Ok another post towards getting new permissions like pm'ing...
If replacing a shore power cord there is only ONE power cord to buy and that is the Smart Plug
Some insurance companies even give a discount if you install a Smart Plug cord set and inlet..
NEMA/Marinco/Hubbel plug standard SUCKS in the marine environment and causes nothing but problems.. As a marine electrician I would not be sad to see them outright banned and replaced with the Smart Cord standard or equivalent.
If replacing a shore power cord please do yourself a favor and spend your money wisely, on the Smart Plug.
BTW safely loaded shore power cords should NOT be "warm to the touch"! If they are, you have problems that need to be addressed.......
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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