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Old 12-04-2015, 20:20   #16
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Re: Installation for shore-power on old boat

It's an Albin Vega. If not living aboard, I'd just screw the battery charger down somewhere behind the engine where it's protected from water and feed it's power lead to a nice spot in the locker or wherever and plug the shore power lead directly into it. There'll be somewhere the lead can pass without preventing a locker or cover from shutting. If the marina outlet doesn't already have a circuit breaker and RCD, buy a portable one as you have showed and use it between lead and charger.
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Old 13-04-2015, 05:29   #17
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Re: Installation for shore-power on old boat

Hi guys,

Thank you for all your replies.

After reading several more hours about the subject, I also found out that I would also need a galvanisk isolator? And something else to prevent zink anodes? Seems like that has been completely left out, or is it not neccesary for this setup?

Is it something I only need to keep in mind for AC isntallations, or is it also relevant for the DC isntallation?
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Old 13-04-2015, 09:17   #18
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Re: Installation for shore-power on old boat

First of all, adhering to the 'standards' is generally a good idea but not always. There are several areas where the standards make little/no sense and actually are dangerous. Understand what you are trying to do and make your own best decision. After all, it is *your* responsibility if something goes wrong, regardless of which 'qualified' professional you got advice or service from.

Norm on the liveaboard list is a *wealth* of great tips on most things boating as esp electrical.

For example, *MOST* (electrical related) boat fires originate in the PLUG at the shore or boat connector. Simple solution: Cut the (boat( end of the connector OFF, hard wire it to your boat. If a fire does occur from corrosion and overheating, at least it will be on the dock, not on your boat. I have done this on both the sailboats I've owned and will do it on any future boat.

Regularly TEST your system. Put your hand (for an instant) on the exterior of the connection on the dock to shore power. If it's warm to the touch, figure out what is wrong. Right then.
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Old 13-04-2015, 09:26   #19
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........... There are several areas where the standards make little/no sense and actually are dangerous. .......
They "make no sense" only to those who don't understand them. And they are not dangerous, they are designed to protect people from danger.
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Re: Installation for shore-power on old boat

For the beginner, one might consider watching the six part series available from Off-Center.com/Jamestown Distributors (a US marine retailer). The sixth part shows you how to wire it all together with actual components.

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For the beginner, one might consider watching the six part series available from Off-Center.com/Jamestown Distributors (a US marine retailer). The sixth part shows you how to wire it all together with actual components.

Awesome! I've been trying to find something like that the last days, haven't really come across any videos that really explain fully what I needed, I'll check out the video series there. Thanks a lot!
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Re: Installation for shore-power on old boat

Your main required advice is covered by others; however, with you in Europe you cannot do better than purchase a Sterling Digital 4 Stage Charger. Charger is very reliable with good instrumentation and technical support from UK is all that you want it to be.
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It's nice to know that you can become a marine electrician by watching a video on the Internet!
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