In the US, we typically have available shore power
at either 30 or 50 amps, 120VAC and 60 cycle, and the connections are standard three prong twist locks, sized by the supplied current
. The power cords are generally #10/3 wire in 50 foot (16 meter) lengths.
In other parts
of the world it's different, and specifically, in those parts
I've visited, its 240 volts at 50 cycles.
I'm asking this question because, should I ever choose to visit Europe
, I will probably be staying at docks, from time to time, and I'll want to charge my batteries. My plan is to install a marine battery charger
for 240/50. For my onboard needs I will use my inverter
to convert the 12VDC to 120 VAC/60 cycle to operate my onboard equipment
that uses it.
Is there an equivalent standard shorepower plug
that is used in Europe, now that the EU has had a chance to get organized? I want to install a plug
on the boat, connected to a breaker and a couple European outlets, say, to use an electric
heater. I am most interested in those systems I'd find in Great Britain and Ireland
, Scandinavia and the Baltic ports
. And just for curiosity, what about Southern Europe and the Med (including Turkey)? I though I could buy individual shore side female plugs and change them as needed , but I'd like to have a single
male, ship's plug for the power cord. I would also like to know if there is a standard length of power cord used by our forum members. Please include weblinks, if possible.