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Old 15 March 2010, 16:25   #1
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I wish to cover all bases and be in a position to get mains power, if needed from a marina hook-up.

What plug type do they use? are they all the same? presumably they are 240V. Do they have an earth leakage breaker built in at the supply post, or do I need to factor something in at the boat end?

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I wish to cover all bases and be in a position to get mains power, if needed from a marina hook-up.

What plug type do they use? are they all the same? presumably they are 240V. Do they have an earth leakage breaker built in at the supply post, or do I need to factor something in at the boat end?

Thanks
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Yes 240V. Yes RCCB at the post (and it's usually another boat on the same post that trips everyone!!). Yes, fit a breaker on the boat too
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Old 15 March 2010, 16:55   #3
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These are standard UK, and more commonly used in France too now.

There are 16amp and 32amp. (16amp more common)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/camping-outd.../dp/B001F44OK2

The marina post will have a trip/RCD, I'd still have something at the boat end as well.

Your local electrical wholesaler will have the sep. plugs and sockets.

I might have plugs/sockets already made up, but will be on 2.5mm sq cable for 32 amp.
NB Try not to use standard PVC cable - get "Arctic" grade, which has a greater temp range.
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NB Try not to use standard PVC cable - get "Arctic" grade, which has a greater temp range.
There's very nice stuff available in yellow for use in freezers. Stays supple at -20.
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Old 15 March 2010, 17:20   #5
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Yep, that'll be the stuff, also comes in blue, possibly orange too - but then it'll look like you've got the lawnmower out!
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final question

Good info so far
thanks for that.
Have I understood it right that the 16amp and 32amp plug are differnt physical sizes?
I would only need 16amp but may need to connect to a 32amp supply
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Yep, spot on.

All you'll need is a 32a to 16a adapter lead..Male 32amp-Female 16amp...........then the "normal " 16a m-f.......I have some, all or one all of those available too!

This is what happens when we move from one type of boating to another!
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I wouldn't bother with a 32amp plug. Most marinas have mainly 16amp sockets with only a few 32amp ones if they cater for larger boats.

Simplest way to rig a system is to get a pre-wired distribution box which includes an RCCB and two breakers usually. Some chandleries will stock them as well as B&Q and caravan shops.

Galvanic isolator in the earth would be advisable.
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I wish to cover all bases and be in a position to get mains power, if needed from a marina hook-up.
You planning a big trip, Paul?
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As i have just been charged £200 for keeping batteries on trickle I would be interested in hearing how much other people are charged per unit....

The time period was 3 months.

the unit price was 18p.

The correct number of units were registered on my in line meter to justify the price...

It's the unit price..I'm interested in;apparently it's illegal for a marina to charge more than they are charged for electricity..not sure on that one as the info came from a competing marina.
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