Re: shore power question
You need to be a little careful with this one.
The onboard AC distribution panel (the part you are missing since your boat is not equipped for shore power) contains breakers (15A) which are designed to trip in the event of a short circuit or other condition that pulls excessive current through the circuit. When you connect directly to the shore power connection on the dock you lose that protection.
The dock shore power outlet is normally sized for 220V/30 amps. This will melt your puny extension cord and burn your boat up very quickly, just my .02.
Ask me how I know this.
You could also hook your 120v appliance to a 220v circuit, another bad thing.
If you start to see smoke, don't grab the cord, shut off the power on the dock at the circuit breaker, ask me how I know this one too.
Experience teaches us things we would rather not know.
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S/V Shakti '81 Offshore Cat Ketch 33'
Last edited by katsailor; 03-26-2013 at 11:31 PM.