Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Shore Power Connecter
I'm thinking of wiring up my Cal 24 for shore power. Nothing fancy, just a couple of electrical outlets and maybe a battery charger. Just enough to run a lap top, boom box or DVD player while at the dock.
I have a good understanding of electronics and have no concerns with determining loads, reading schematics, soldering, etc. I would guess that I should probably shrink wrap all connections and use only marine grade connectors to protect against corrosian. As for wire, do I need to buy from the marine store or can I use pretty much any wire of the proper gauge?
Any thoughts on where should I mount the connector? Would it be a bad idea to mount it on the deck, alongside the cabin or is that just asking for a leak, not to mention the toe stubbing hazard?
BTW, I won't be doing this anytime real soon, in any case. Just considering my options for now. I already have an adapter and a power strip, which is really all I need.
Those grand fresh-water seas of ours - Erie, and Ontario, and Huron, and Superior, and Michigan, - possess an ocean-like expansiveness...They contain round archipelagoes of romantic isles...they have heard the fleet thunderings of naval victories...they know what shipwrecks are, for out of sight of land, however inland, they have drowned full many a midnight ship with all its shrieking crew. --from Moby Dick