Marine Electronics Forum - Shore Power shorting out power source?

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wkendwarrior
06-04-2007, 10:00 AM
I own a 2000 Wellcraft 270 Coastal and I went to plug it in to my Garage with the power cords adaptors from West Marine and I shorted out the outlet in the garage..Obviously a problem with the boat. Where should I be looking ??

Thanks


mikie
06-05-2007, 02:06 PM
Are you sure it "shorted out", or could you have overloaded the breaker? Turn off all of the a/c breakers in the boat and start over. The garage breaker probably wasn't any more than 15 amps. Either way, by turning off everything on the boat you can start to isolate your problem. If you plug it back in with everything turned off and it blows - you've got a wiring problem, either in your adapters or the boat socket/wiring prior to the main panel.

rwidman
06-05-2007, 05:03 PM
wkendwarrior - 6/4/2007 9:00 AM

I own a 2000 Wellcraft 270 Coastal and I went to plug it in to my Garage with the power cords adaptors from West Marine and I shorted out the outlet in the garage..Obviously a problem with the boat. Where should I be looking ??

Thanks

First, you should be looking in the boat's owner's manual because you're supposed to turn off the main breaker on the boat before you connect the shore power cord at either end.

By "shorted out the outlet in the garage", do you mean you burned it up, you tripped the circuit breaker in you house electrical panel, or is the outlet in the garage a GFCI outlet and you tripped the breaker in the outlet (the little button) itself?

Once you get power back to the outlet in the garage, turn off the main breaker on the boat and all the other breakers, plug the boat end of the shorepower cord into the inlet on the boat, plug the other end into the garage outlet, then go on the boat and turn the main breaker on. If nothing bad happens, turn on the other breakers one at a time. Turn one on for a minute or two, then off, then the next one. If the main breaker on the boat or the garage circuit trips, this circuit on the boat has a problem. If none of the individual breakers causes a problem, turn them all on. If the garage circuit breaker trips, you are just overloading the circuit. Turn some things off. If the garage circuit breaker does not trip and everything seems to work OK then it was probably just the order in which you connected the cable. Go back to the first paragraph. ;)




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