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
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
, 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.