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Old 01-24-2015, 08:04 PM   #1
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Awkward situation...

Workin' on my boat today up on top of the sun deck roof. Noticed the 50' sailboat across the way, gettin' ready to leave the dock. The owner, was below while his guests took in the lines and dropped the power cord into the water. One of the guests pulled the power cord through the water, the whole length of the boat, and coiled it up on the dock. By the time I got down, the boat had left the slip, and we were headin' home. I don't know if I would have told the skipper what happened and embarrassed his guests. On the other hand, he might have been able to do something to prevent the salt water from wickin' into the cable. What would you have done?
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:08 PM   #2
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Skipper left unknowing guests in charge of power cord. Skipper gets to replace power cord sooner than might otherwise be required.

Must people don't take too kindly to advise from strangers, so I'd let it go. But that's just me.
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:52 PM   #3
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Then again the cord end may over heat and catch on fire down the road. So you might want to at least leave him a note with a heads up.
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:10 PM   #4
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Ancora,

I thought maybe your awkward situation might go something like this.

Capt. goes below with guest's wife.
Guest "accidentally" drops the shore power chord into salt water.
. . . . . and your quandary was . . . . should you tell the guest or the captain.
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:15 PM   #5
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I agree with Capt. Bill. Put a note in a ziplock bag to the effect that the power cable end went in the water and tape it to the end of the cable.

If this had happened to our cord without my knowledge I'd sure appreciate someone telling me or leaving a note to that effect so I could clean off the salt and put dialectric grease on the connector lugs before plugging it in again.
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:27 PM   #6
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That's one of the reasons I like to single hand. Not that I have not dropped a chord in the water and then had to fresh water flush and dry, but I was aware of the problem and thus able to deal with it. I get up tight when I have green horns aboard especially my sail boats. I end up spending more time worrying about their safety and keeping them out of trouble than tending to the boat. With the motor boat not as much of an issue but I would never allow green horns or even boaters I was not really familiar with their ability or habits to do any significant functions that I did not observe or supervise on my boat. This attitude is not very social but I don't perceive boating as a totally social activity. Just call me Captain Blye or however its spelled.
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If someone saw my cord fall in the water, I'd appreciate knowing it. It's not really advice..it's just a fact.
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:48 PM   #8
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I'd leave a note on the cord.
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:55 PM   #9
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This attitude is not very social but I don't perceive boating as a totally social activity. Just call me Captain Blye or however its spelled.
It's Bligh, and I agree with your perception of greenhorns on boats. We allow (or invite if one prefers the more politically correct term) very few people on our boats. But even they were newbies to our kind of boating at the start although most of them had boating experience of some sort prior to their coming on a cruise with us.

The way we dealt with it, and still do, is is that when getting the boat ready to go, departing the slip, dockings and un-dockings during the cruise, and coming home, my wife has charge of the deck crew unless she's driving, in which case I do.

Whoever is in charge of the deck crew is present with them at all times and rules them with an iron hand (or tongue).

Along with this rule is another rule that says whoever is driving the boat keeps his or her mouth shut with regards to talking to the deck crew (unless it's perceived to be an emergency) and communicates only with the person in charge of the deckhands. This is to prevent inexperienced helpers from getting conflicting commands which, we leaned the hard way, can lead to Problems.

This system has worked out very well for us over the years, and results in our guests being effective helpers which in turn makes the trip that much more enjoyable to them.
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I take the power cord with me, and would never leave it to any guest to disconnect that. However, in this situation, I think, if I had access to his finger, I'd just quietly go over and give the thing a quick fresh water wash, a squirt of CRC into the plug, and let it go. I don't think much harm would arise with such a quick dunk anyway, so no biggie.
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Old 01-25-2015, 05:09 AM   #11
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Was the other end of the cord still plugged into the pedestal ?
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Can do either and not feel bad...

Unless it is an aftermarket plug...chances are little or no water got in...and if it did...chances of really getting the salt out are pretty slim. Sure attempts can be made....but in reality not sure I have ever seen positive proof of the presence or removal of salt beyond the first cavity. If you are going to prevent wicking....it really needed to be done right away.

So just go with your feeling.....me...I would say something as it tells a bit about the crew in general and gives the skipper info he didn't have before...all plusses in my book and no negatives. It is up to him to confront the crew. I would want to know....but you have to see how the situation would go.

Thinking about it...if I knew the guy even a tad and I had the time... I would have done the rinse and water displacing spray immediately as then is the best time to do it if it is going to help at all. Then I would have told him. Some people are trusted to do about anything around the docks and you get that rep by doing the right thing at the right time....and most people like you for it.
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:45 AM   #13
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Yikes, what a dangerous rat's nest - but all too common, we see that on our docks all the time.
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Boatpoker...
was that a char spot on the plug in the lower photo or just dirty???
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Boatpoker...
was that a char spot on the plug in the lower photo or just dirty???
Charred, like almost half of the cords I see.
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Disaster waiting to happen!
Now there's a good question....
How many would approach the owner and recommend he consider a new cord & inlet plug?
I certainly would and have... and had several sincere thank you's when I explained the risk.
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Disaster waiting to happen!
Now there's a good question....
How many would approach the owner and recommend he consider a new cord & inlet plug?
I certainly would and have... and had several sincere thank you's when I explained the risk.
In less than 15 minutes at Port Credit Yacht Club I took 20 photos of dangerous shore power cord issues like the two I posted. Not one owner appreciated the issues being pointed out and none took any action.
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Scarey!
I've used the attached to help inform others rather than try to convince them I was the expert telling them what to do... but I hear you some already know it all and not willing to learn.
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So many boat fires from bad shore cord connections. One sportfish burned up here last year, a trawler a couple years ago. Both repaired, but heavy cost. Trawler still has that stink in it.

Those shore cord connections are really sketchy in my book. Seen so many scorched cords that only through good luck did NOT catch the boat on fire. We've all seen those burnt cords as pic'd above.

So even without getting dunked, these things are dangerous in my book. It's just not that robust an electrical connection. Not sealed very well, or at all.
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If someone saw my cord fall in the water, I'd appreciate knowing it. It's not really advice..it's just a fact.
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