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Which leg is that which is scorched; hot, neutral, or ground?

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I think that looks like the hot leg, but I'd have to look at the cord on my boat to be sure.
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Which leg is that which is scorched; hot, neutral, or ground?

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Yes, it was the hot pin that was scorched.
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Wow, maybe Brian wasn't crazy after all.
I think this is the Third Thread I have seen on this same subject.
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for some strange reason on house wiring it normally the neutral that causes problems but not all the time.

that burnt end is not due to water it is simply high resistance be it from corrosion or a loose connection. i think what might help cause this is how tight the socket is. if its real tight you have to wiggle the plug loose, and i mean the rubber part being too tight. when doing the wiggling you stress the contacts and open them up, next thing you know is its a loose connection
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That's a good point. But I've always been very careful about connecting/disconnecting the power cord -- at both ends -- and often check for corrosion.

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Nope--nothing new. I remember a prior boat which had scorch marks at the AC power inlet. When I was on that boat in a boatyard, I recall seeing two power cords that had died that way.

Somebody linked to a solution to this problem, but from the looks of it, they are getting ready to go into production, and don't have parts available or a price just yet. SmartPlug Systems seems to be trying to fix this. I found the direct link more useful than the boat show video somebody else pointed to on Mad Mariner. If this becomes common, I'll be happy...except for having to buy new cords and re-do the connection on my boat.

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