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Old 03-06-2020, 13:28   #1
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Is this OK?

Found on a live aboard yacht. I am not in favor of this solution. The owner thinks it is just fine.
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Old 03-06-2020, 13:43   #2
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I have done similar with adaptors for US/UK/EU Plug sockets..
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I am guessing somebody played with legos a bit too much as a child...
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Personally I would have mounted the outlets on a vertical wall, and not in what looks like an easy place for water to pool.
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Those look like adapters with a usb charger on them?

Not ideal, not the end of the world.
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It should be ok as long a someone is on board. But they should be fully powered off or unplugged when away from the cabin. These things can catch fire unexpectedly. It is rare but it happens occasionally.
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Re: Is this OK?

It’s a long standing disagreement between my Wife and I.

I’ll back off. Still don’t like it!

I’m sure if it were truly dangerous someone would have said so.

Thanks much for the replies.
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Re: Is this OK?

Umm, overloaded extension cords or outlets are a widely recognized fire hazard. Maybe not for USB devices (I don't know), but if there's a potential for smoldering on a fiberglass boat, it could turn out to be a very bad day no matter how you rationalized it.
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I am guessing somebody played with legos a bit too much as a child...
Reminds me of the designer of the Amel 55, 50 and 60. Playing with a piece of LEGO and a ruler.



Quote gamayun " Maybe not for USB devices (I don't know)"

USB devices can indeed catch fire and they occasionally do, has happened to cheaply made ones.
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It should be ok as long a someone is on board. But they should be fully powered off or unplugged when away from the cabin. These things can catch fire unexpectedly. It is rare but it happens occasionally.
Having seen several boat fires, I can say with 100% certainty I would much rather have my boat catch fire while I was ashore then onboard.

Thinking that a fire risk is OK becasue you'll catch it and put it out before it is life-threatening is totally playing a fool's game.

Remember the Conception? Lots of people on board there...
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We have no choice but to use wall warts. So I think itís better to use them when you can keep an eye on them. I disagree that the solution is to only use them when no one is on board. But to each her own I guess
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I have usb plugs but they are powered of unless I am explicitly where I can monitor them when in use
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I have usb plugs but they are powered of unless I am explicitly where I can monitor them when in use

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Itís a long standing disagreement between my Wife and I.

Iíll back off. Still donít like it!

Iím sure if it were truly dangerous someone would have said so.

Thanks much for the replies.
Get your wife to read this thread from 2 days ago:

https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f158/the-loss-of-kokopelli-234809.html

Fire - or creating even the remotest opportunity for a fire onboard - should be one of the highest avoidances we, as sailors, will ever consider.

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Get your wife to read this thread from 2 days ago:

https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...li-234809.html

Fire - or creating even the remotest opportunity for a fire onboard - should be one of the highest avoidances we, as sailors, will ever consider.

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That boat had some kind of engine room fire. The lesson from that disaster is to have working fire alarms in all engine spaces. Plus have a way to fight engine room fire from outside the engine room. Either install a fire suppressant system or have adequate fire ports through which to inject suppressant manually.

The boat did not die from a wall wart fire.

I agree that avoiding fire should be a very high priority. But it is impossible to make any boat 100% fire proof. But it is not impossible to have adequate warning and means of fighting a fire. There is a need for all the mechanical and electrical things that make life aboard pleasant and thus also we must have the ability to detect and suppress a fire.

Another source of fires on board is the small rechargeable batteries in modern power tools (drills, drivers, saws, etc.). A boat was recently lost due to a drill battery fire. These batteries require special storage on board. How many of us have a battery operated tool buried deep in a locker somewhere? These are a greater fire risk than the wall wart you can see and smell right away.
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