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Re: Power Outlet Sizzle - Help Please

Philzy, the thread has drifted a bit. Your problem is you need to bring in a competent professional.

Not all marine professionals are created equally. Drop an email to your surveyor. Ask about marine electricians he respects based on their work. Ask around the dock if anyone has used a local marine electrician.

Find someone good and trust their advice. As a live aboard this is your home. Boat fires, while rare are a very scary thing. If you see a boat burn you'll never forget how hot and how fast they burn. While they electrician is there ask questions about what you need to know about the system.

You also mentioned having smoke and CO2 dectors on board. Some, not all smoke detectors will last in a marine environment. You want to look for something labeled "for marine and RV use". A Home Depot CO2 dector is worthless on a boat. Marine dectors are calibrated differently. See this BoatUS arcticle.

When in doubt kill the main breaker, then kill the breaker on the dock. Do you have the correct fire extinguisher on board?

When you own a boat you're always learning something new. Best of luck, and please post an update to this thread to let everyone know how you made out.
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