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Old 02-25-2012, 08:13 PM
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Purchased a pilothouse without shore power capability. The slip I'm renting has 30 amp service. I have two combo starter/deep cycle AGM batteries. I am a "former" trailer boater with no shore power knowledge at all. Could someone give me a basic primer on what I need to hook up shore power to my boat. Hardware, safety stuff etc...

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Old 02-25-2012, 08:34 PM
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Do you have any A/C powered electronics onboard?
Old 02-25-2012, 09:08 PM
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Thanks for replying. No just standard DC stuff.

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Well if you have nothing that is powered by a/c there really isnt any point of wiring one up...
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Okay, I guess I had this dark & stormy night vision with my bilge pumps running out of juice. Heck I don't want an electric bill on top of the fuel bills! Lol!

Thanks Dawg, sometimes it pays to just ask a question.

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It's a real luxury to have shore power. My Bertram 28 has limited AC on board but does have battery chargers that are AC and very good at keeping the batteries fully charged which is a primary benefit of shore power. I also have an AC/DC fridge that is nice to keep on all the time with cold drinks during the summer.
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Get a copy of Nigel Calder's boat owners mechanical and electrical manual. I agree you probably don't need shore power, per se, but I would hook up a battery charger to keep the bilge pump working. Not only that, once you have power on board, you will think of lots of uses. How about coffee?

http://www.amazon.com/Boatowners-Mec...sr=1-1-catcorr

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