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TransmitterDan's probably nailed it. The breaker will only trip if the current draw exceeds its rating... the amount of current drawn has nothing to do with the amount of current needed to smoke and burn the wiring due to high resistance and bad contacts at the socket.
I'd highly recommend making the upgrade Mitiempo suggest, and have upgraded several boats, including my own, to the same system. One advantage that the Smartplug has is a thermal protection circuit that kills the power if the temperature rises at the shore power connector.
BTW, you're very, very lucky you didn't lose your boat to a fire...
Yes, you have six fewer connections, but your shorepower cable is exposed to the elements far more as a result.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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