Right now I'm looking at a 7.5KAV step down transformer. The input connected to the medium size 32 amp blue connection with two parallel, 30 amp, 120 volt US marine
cable outputs. Our vessel size will qualify for 14 meter slip spaces so the higher current connection should be reasonably available, or so I'm told.
This will not preclude using the small 16 amp blue connection via a pigtail adapter between the pier and the larger input cable of the transformer. Transformers are just fine with less current load BUT, we will have to be VERY carful managing load aboard in this situation so as not to trip the dock
breaker; so the Baltic
are still on the itinerary. :-)
My wife is okay with this so long as it isn't a permanent situation.
Because of the size and weight of the 7.5 KVA transformer this will have its down side. It will have to be bolted down in the Vee berth and 3 cables
run through the overhead hatch
, not an elegant arrangement. We can weatherize the partially open hatch
to keep out the elements while in port. The transformer input cable goes to the Blue 32 amp connection on the pier and two parallel, 30 amp, 120 volt US marine output cables
also go through the hatch, down the deck
and plug into the existing port and starboard hull
This arrangement provides the minimum disruption of the ship systems and is easily reversible. Splendide has told us to use the inverter for the wash cycle and if she needs to dry I can crank up the generator
and shift the starboard side load to the generator until she is done. Fortunately she mostly air drys in the salon
or hanging things on the lifelines
Does anyone find any major flaws in this plan?
In simple terms we will have a really tricked out shore power
cable while utilizing the existing ships systems as-is.
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