Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-16-2011, 02:54 PM   #21
Guru
 
City: North Charleston, SC
Country: USA
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 4,390
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

Quote:
GonzoF1 wrote:
Yea Ron, that is the plan. I want to kind of go over the whole rig, but I figured that if Smart Plugs were a viable option, the time to replace them would be when I was already digging into it.

I think for now, I'm going to just go ahead with your standard garden-variety yellow cords from Defender or BoatFix. Get 2x50' and 2x25' with a new 50A to 2x30A and be done with it for a while.

Well the smart plugs look good, but they are not standard so if you lose or damage one, you won't be able to borrow one and may not be able to purchase one locally.* That could be a real inconvenience.

I'm staying with the industry standard for the forseable future.
*
__________________
Advertisement

rwidman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2011, 08:35 PM   #22
Guru
 
Tom.B's Avatar
 
City: Cary, NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Skinny Dippin'
Vessel Model: Navigator 4200 Classic
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,152
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

Good points, Ron. Thanks.
__________________

Tom.B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2011, 08:57 PM   #23
Guru
 
Arctic Traveller's Avatar


 
City: Juneau Alaska
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Arctic Traveller
Vessel Model: Defever 49 RPH
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 619
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

Quote:
GonzoF1 wrote:
Anyone using the Smart Plug rig?
*Yup, I converted last spring. I've seen too many burned up plugs, and if that happens at the boat inlet there is a good chance of a fire.* I like the fact that it's impossible for it to come loose, unlike the old style twist lock that seems to always be loose. It's also far more waterproof, much easier to plug in (no getting on my hands and knees in the dark to find the orientation of the blades) and has a built in over temp shutdown. I've never lost a shore power cord in 30 years, but if I do, I have the old connectors as spares until I can get a replacement.* It's a great solution to a common and possibly deadly problem..............Arctic Traveller
Arctic Traveller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2011, 09:00 AM   #24
Guru
 
Tom.B's Avatar
 
City: Cary, NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Skinny Dippin'
Vessel Model: Navigator 4200 Classic
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,152
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

Thanks... I think I am going to stick with the accepted standard for now, but when I know I have the time and money, upgrade the plugs and connectors on these cables to Smart Plugs sometime next winter. I got a good look at them this weekend, and they are in immediate need of replacement.
Tom.B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2011, 01:38 PM   #25
Guru
 
City: North Charleston, SC
Country: USA
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 4,390
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

Quote:
Arctic Traveller wrote:
I've seen too many burned up plugs, and if that happens at the boat inlet there is a good chance of a fire.*

You've actually seen them?* I have heard about it and it's not hard to imagine, but I've never actually seen one.
*
rwidman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2011, 10:44 PM   #26
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 83
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

The harbourmaster in Powell River has a collection of burnouts on display in a plexiglass case. It does make you think...*
Sisuitl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2011, 03:36 AM   #27
FF
Guru
 
FF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 16,512
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

SO far I have seen lots ,(lived aboard in NYC for 22+ years ) but for some reason they ALL seemed to burn out at the dock supply.

Perhaps the dock end is subject to more abuse , or dropped in the sea more often?
FF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2011, 03:43 AM   #28
Guru
 
JohnP's Avatar
 
City: Toms River
Country: USA
Vessel Name: D U E T T E
Vessel Model: 1996 36' Island Gypsy
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,109
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

Quote:
rwidman wrote:Arctic Traveller wrote:
I've seen too many burned up plugs, and if that happens at the boat inlet there is a good chance of a fire.*

You've actually seen them?* I have heard about it and it's not hard to imagine, but I've never actually seen one.
*

********* Here is a fire that started at the boats power inlet.* The boat was totaled.

********* My boat is mid way down the dock. With the tarp over the flybridge.

********* I was not there that day.** JohnP

*

********
JohnP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2011, 07:42 AM   #29
FF
Guru
 
FF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 16,512
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

"there is a good chance of a fire."

This and many other reasons that new build owners must demand the builder spend a few extra pennies and only build with Fire Retardant resin.

It has been standard on over 6pac inspected vessels for 40? years .
FF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2011, 08:02 PM   #30
Guru
 
Arctic Traveller's Avatar


 
City: Juneau Alaska
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Arctic Traveller
Vessel Model: Defever 49 RPH
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 619
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

Quote:
rwidman wrote:Arctic Traveller wrote:
I've seen too many burned up plugs, and if that happens at the boat inlet there is a good chance of a fire.*

You've actually seen them?* I have heard about it and it's not hard to imagine, but I've never actually seen one.
*

*Not just seen it, had it happen on my boat more than once, fortunately never at the boat inlet, and it never caused a fire, just charred plugs.** ..............Arctic Traveller
Arctic Traveller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2011, 03:34 PM   #31
Guru
 
Codger2's Avatar
 
City: San Diego
Country: US
Vessel Name: "Sandpiper"
Vessel Model: 2006 42' Ocean Alexander Sedan
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,420
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

Quote:
Arctic Traveller wrote:GonzoF1 wrote:
Anyone using the Smart Plug rig?
*Yup, I converted last spring. I've seen too many burned up plugs, and if that happens at the boat inlet there is a good chance of a fire.* I like the fact that it's impossible for it to come loose, unlike the old style twist lock that seems to always be loose. It's also far more waterproof, much easier to plug in (no getting on my hands and knees in the dark to find the orientation of the blades) and has a built in over temp shutdown. I've never lost a shore power cord in 30 years, but if I do, I have the old connectors as spares until I can get a replacement.* It's a great solution to a common and possibly deadly problem..............Arctic Traveller

******* I just bought one but haven't installed it yet. The old twist & turn plug has been**

******* around since 1938. It's always loose.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	smart plug.jpg
Views:	37
Size:	69.9 KB
ID:	6837  
Codger2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2011, 11:18 AM   #32
Guru
 
Keith's Avatar
 
Vessel Name: Anastasia III
Vessel Model: Krogen 42
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,716
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

Here's one. I spray my sockets and plugs about quarterly with corrosion block which keeps this from happening. I do plan to switch to the smart plugs on the boat at some point.
Attached Images
 
Keith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2011, 04:50 AM   #33
FF
Guru
 
FF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 16,512
RE: Tips on new shore power cords?

A simple but perhaps not cheap is to insure any plug fire would be on the dock, and not on the boat.

Use a 240V 50A setup ( inlet and power hose) to the boat with a plug adapter to the 30A 120v dock supply.

Boats that require one or two 240V power hoses can only try to purchase the best quality deck inlets and power plug ends.
FF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2011, 03:02 PM   #34
Guru
 
Codger2's Avatar
 
City: San Diego
Country: US
Vessel Name: "Sandpiper"
Vessel Model: 2006 42' Ocean Alexander Sedan
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,420
Tips on new shore power cords?

Quote:
Arctic Traveller wrote:
Quote:
*Yup, I converted last spring. I've seen too many burned up plugs, and if that happens at the boat inlet there is a good chance of a fire.
__________________________________________________ _________
Quote:
Just converted to the "Smart Plug" today. Easy install, great looking and a high quality product. One potential problem, however, is if you forget to unplug it from the boat before backing out, you may take the whole damn dock with you! This plug locks in 4 different ways!
-- Edited by SeaHorse II on Wednesday 10th of August 2011 03:16:42 PM
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	smart plug.jpg
Views:	39
Size:	100.7 KB
ID:	7043  
__________________

Codger2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
50amp 125V Shore Power cord and Boat Side Receptacle, 50' dsmylie Classifieds 3 02-23-2012 08:09 PM
WTB: 50/250 Shore Power Chord Woodsong Classifieds 8 12-29-2011 08:25 AM
recoating shore power cord Moonstruck Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 20 10-21-2010 06:46 AM
Shore Power Charging - turn it OFF? bshanafelt Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 25 04-13-2009 09:03 PM
Shore Power Forkliftt Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 6 03-26-2009 08:42 PM




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012