Date: 11 March 2015. Power Cord Primer.
the dock for my newest engine swap I've been blessed with a power
connection. Gosh, it's nice to have AC power at will and without any concerns
about either winds or sunshine. There are a few things I do
to make this experience better, and safer.
all, I don't have to tell anyone how expensive power cords are these
days. That's why I have written in permanent marker the name of the
boat at each end. If my cord (marked) is next to yours, naked, guess
which one will be most likely to be left alone?
Also, I don't just leave my cord
helter-skelter. It's run along the edge of the dock. A tripping hazard is
avoided by having the cords not cross the pier. And I've tied it to
cleats so it won't fall into the water.
where the ground prong is located is also helpful. I've marked mine
on the cord.
lock electric cord information:
- Green = Ground ("L" shaped blade)
- White = Neutral
- Black = Hot
The way I identify the white is this: When looking at
the unit, the Neutral is the one the "tab" of the L-shaped ground is
[Click on this picture
↓ to see them labeled.]
This is the female end.
The male inserts into the female and has prongs.
using the cords I spray the female side with
CRC Silicone. M/V Viking
Star uses a dielectric grease. Either will keep corrosion at bay.
[Aboard Seaweed I do this simple maintenance the first of each
At the inlet for my 30amp cord in the cockpit, I
can immediately tell what's top. There's a light which also shows me
if there's power to the cord. That's a handy feature when trouble
shooting power (or lack thereof) issues.
I am concerned about the potential theft of my power cord. Besides marking the cord,
there is one extraordinary method I utilized some time ago. That's my own
personal Guard Pelican!
And no, I've not seen him of late
but I'm always on the lookout. Being afloat affords a closeness with
nature that I suspect many don't have. With windows and doorways opened
to the warm breezes, this is a wonderful time of the year to live afloat.
I mark my portable items with Permanent Marker. Do you?
And, has spring arrived in your locale? It's beautiful here!
Dolphin Baby ~
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