I just bought a boat and my insurance
company (BoatUS) is asking me to put in writing my plan to complete the surveyor's recommendations. There were only 3 and one is already done. The other two involve upgrading the AC outlets. One is to add plastic boxes around the back of the outlet to protect from moisture. Should be easy. The other involves the GFCI circuits, and this is where I will show my ignorance and could use some guidance.
The problem (as I understand it) is that the Freedom Model 20 Inverter
will not trip the GFCI in the AC outlets even at unsafe loads because it's not a true sine wave inverter
. The surveyor
recommended finding outlets that are compatible. This Handy Xantrex Chart
seems to indicate which outlets are indeed compatible. So my plan is to simply swap out the existing outlets for a model listed on the chart and install a plastic box on the back of it.
My first question is, do I have this right or is there more to it than that?
My next question, is how can I test the functionality of the GFCIs when I am done? Stick a fork in there?
Finally, before I speak with the insurance
company and commit to one plan, does anyone think it will be an issue if I tell them I will complete this repair over the winter? On the other hand, if I give them a time frame that is less realistic for the repair (like right away) do I presume correctly that they could use this to deny coverage on a completely unrelated claim? I don't want any lapse in my coverage now during hurricane
season for an electrical
code issue on the AC outlets, which by the way I'm not even using.
Any guidance is greatly appreciated!