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Old 05-12-2016, 04:19 PM   #21
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I spent a month or so in several different marinas in FL last May/June. Also a few in GA.

No electrical issues.

In my experience, the 15/20 amp receptacles are GFCI protected while the 30 amp and 50 amp boat receptacles are not. GFCI protection is supposed to be provided by the boat. The reason being that it's difficult to plug tools, heaters, etc. into the 30 and 50 amp receptacles.
You hopefully had no problems because your boat is fine and protected. I've seen some people who couldn't plug in. One marina, and I forget which, actually had one dock that wasn't yet converted and would send the non-compliant boats to it until they worked out their problems.

It's all a work in progress, but personally I'll feel more comfortable when all marinas and all boats are compliant and we're working toward that.
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Old 05-13-2016, 02:36 PM   #22
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You hopefully had no problems because your boat is fine and protected. I've seen some people who couldn't plug in. One marina, and I forget which, actually had one dock that wasn't yet converted and would send the non-compliant boats to it until they worked out their problems.

It's all a work in progress, but personally I'll feel more comfortable when all marinas and all boats are compliant and we're working toward that.
My boat has the reverse polarity circuit that I described above. This creates a small imbalance between the hot and neutral conductor. I believe the lamps are actually neon lamps (old school) so the amount of current drawn is probably below the threshold of the GFCI device.

You will never see all boats compliant unless they pass a federal law against people working on their own boats and find a way to enforce it. As soon as one sinks, somebody screws up another.
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Old 05-13-2016, 03:34 PM   #23
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My boat has the reverse polarity circuit that I described above. This creates a small imbalance between the hot and neutral conductor. I believe the lamps are actually neon lamps (old school) so the amount of current drawn is probably below the threshold of the GFCI device.

You will never see all boats compliant unless they pass a federal law against people working on their own boats and find a way to enforce it. As soon as one sinks, somebody screws up another.
As the marinas become compliant, the percentage of boats will greatly increase. You're right, it won't be all. Just like houses. What percentage of house fires are due to faulty wiring and what percentage of that is DIY or unlicensed technicians?

We once had the phone company hook up a box in the garage, fiber optic, that every time it rained, it would kick off. Reason, it was supposed to be hooked to a GFCI outlet and was not, even though there was one ten feet away. The technician who came out to redo it was furious about the previous one and talked about that guy wasn't going to learn until someone's house burned down. I don't know enough to know what the risk really was, but I felt the way it shorted out regularly and flipped the circuit, that it was pretty risky.
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You hopefully had no problems because your boat is fine and protected. I've seen some people who couldn't plug in. One marina, and I forget which, actually had one dock that wasn't yet converted and would send the non-compliant boats to it until they worked out their problems.

It's all a work in progress, but personally I'll feel more comfortable when all marinas and all boats are compliant and we're working toward that.
We stopped in the Fort Pierce City Marina in February and tied up to the new docks. As we were securing the lines we were asked by one of the employees if we wanted help plugging in. I said no problem but he said he'd hang around till we did. It seems a large number of transient boaters were tripping the docks GFCI. They knew some of the likely causes and could offer some guidance. We were good though, so no problem.

I'm with you BB, no down side with dock GFCIs.
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Google "GFCI recall" . It's a little scary. I didn't know there had been any recalls til' I tried to purchase an outlet exactly the same as my exiting ones and was told they had been recalled 2 yrs. ago. More than one manufacturer involved.
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