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I have a, new to me, Catalina 25 that has a shore power plug and cord. When plugged in does it charge the batteries? I haven't plugged it in yet but can as it is setting where I can.

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It depends is the last owner has one hooked up check the batteries and follow the leads do they go to a charger?? if so plug in the boat and see if the lights on the charger come on,,if not it could be on a switch..do a little hunting good luck.
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You would need to follow the wiring to the breaker panel and out to the various devices that the AC will power...

you will want to purchase an outlet tester (if you do not have one) at a minimum as AC and boats (water) can provide a very unforgivable combination if not installed properly. At a minimum the boat should have, or you should have installed prior to use, GFCI protected outlets.

Most likely a boat that size will have some sort of battery charger and at least one battery, perhaps two. If it does not and you desire one, please get a "marine" battery charger as the autozone/auto parts style are not safe for boat use.
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If you've got a battery charger, it will be visible somewhere. As other's said, you might need to trace some wires. Or it may be on the AC side of your electrical panel, as ours was, though the breaker was labeled "Accessories".
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