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Old 12-05-2013, 10:12   #31
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Re: Batteries and Being on Shore Power

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........ A marina owner where once I had a slip, would pull shorepower plugs OUT if he thought the owner was absent. He had over 400 boats in his marina. His insurance company demanded this action. I guess they had a reason.........
Well, that's just stupid and it's not normal behavior for marina staff. No marinas aroud here do that and this is the first I've heard of it happening.

We rely on shore power to keep our batteries charged, our heat or AC running, and our refrigeration running. We pay an extra charge for shore power.

If a marina manager did that to my boat after I asked him not to, I would tear up the contract, throw it on his desk, and move my boat.
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Old 13-05-2013, 07:30   #32
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Re: Batteries and Being on Shore Power

Considering that lead acid batteries self discharge at a rate up to 20% per month I would be uncomfortable leaving the boat for extended periods without a way to keep them charged. Three weeks, as originally proposed here, seems fine unless there was some big load like the bilge pump being on, but longer than that and I would worry. Along with that, though, is having a charger that can trickle charge lead acid chemistry.
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