Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
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Yes, 10/3 wire is fine for shorepower inlet to main panel, and 14/3 to each individual circuit. The 8029 works but is pretty minimal. In this case 1 gcfi and the additional outlets downstream can be standard outlets. On my boat I have each outlet on its own circuit and all are gcfi. I am a liveaboard and that way it is harder to overload an individual circuit.
On the other hand if there will be a battery charger hard wired a panel like dog showed will be more flexible, allowing for charger, outlets, and a spare.
I also like the Smartplug and have installed 2 in the last month. The conventional ones (designed about 75 years ago) tend to move or vibrate until a bit loose and then they arc, especially under winter loads like heaters, and eventually burn. The Smartplug will shut the power off if it gets too hot but its design is much better to start with.
Examples of shorepower gone bad. The first is from a 48' Grand Banks, the second from a 40' Chinese Junk, and the last from a 42' commercial troller, all wood boats. The last was the worst and the skipper was very glad he was aboard at the time it destroyed itself.
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour
Last edited by mitiempo; 01-12-2011 at 07:35 PM.