of Shore Power Receptacle
Webmaster's Note: The following exchange
that took place on the SENTOA listserv in November, 2005,
documents procedures for preventive maintenance of shore
From: Rich Losch
To: email@example.com; Dan Hilsinger
Subject: [Sentoa] Potential Shore Power Problems
Dan and SENTOA,
I was messin' with the shore power receptacle on my last
trip to SEA RACER. I was chasing AC grounds and
possible leaks. I loosened the 10/3 cable ties inside,
and found the 2 screws on the strain relief in the backshell
stripped (not a problem). I didn't feel like pulling
the receptacle out from the outside as I didn't feel like
re-bedding. Anyway Dan, who is the shore power 30A receptacle
manufacturer? Is there an exploded view of the receptacle
available? A picture and or exploded view would
help immensely to all that venture forth into this mysterious
SEA RACER NT 42-041
From: "Bob Shamek"
To: "South East Nordic Tugs Owners Association \(SENTOA\)"
Subject: Re: [Sentoa] Potential Shore Power Problems
Dan doesn’t get SENTOA so I will respond. We use
MARINCO shore power receptacles and you can see photos
of them on page 8 of issue 6 in Nordic Tugs WAYPOINTS.
We do not have photos of the back side in a boat
at this time. MARINCO web page (http://www.marinco2.com/companies.asp?strCompany=marincos)
does not have very good photos or exploded views.
From: Leslie K. Rothman
To: Dan Hilsinger
Subject: Potential Shore Power Problems
I don't know whether you read the SENTOA list or not but
Bob Shamek does. There has been a recent exchange
about how to mitigate potential fire problems by tightening
the vessel wore receptacle and Bob S. referred everyone
to a View Points article on the subject. I downloaded
it and went to my boat yesterday but only was able to
get as far as loosening the four external screws that
held the receptacle cover. I could not readily pull
out the receptacle more than an inch, nowhere near enough
to tighten the screws holding the wires as the article
from Shamek recommended. I realize that the wires
are very stiff and perhaps if I pulled hard enough they
might have come out. I also realized that if there
was no slack in them I might have pulled the whole thing
apart or perhaps loosened it dangerously without
being able to see such or fix it, thus making it worse.
Ideas and suggestions would be greatly appreciated regarding
this potential problem.
AUTUMN SAGA, 37054F101
Subject: RE: Potential Shore Power
From: "Dan Hilsinger"
To: "Leslie K. Rothman"
No I don't get SENTOA. Thanks for the heads up. In order
to remove the shore power inlet socket from the outside
of the boat, one needs to access the area inside the boat
behind the inlet socket. In this area you will find that
the 110 volt wire going from the inlet to the breaker
panel will be secured with wire ties. The wire ties
need to be cut so you can pull the inlet away from the
boat. There may also be a cable clamp on the
back of cover for the inlet. Remove clamp, tighten
set screws for wires, then reinstall cable clamp. Note
when reinstalling the inlet to the side of boat use some
clear silicone on the mounting screws for inlet and gasket.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to give
me a call. My office hours are from 6:00 am to 2:30 pm PST, Monday
thru Friday, 800-388-4517 (email: Danh@nordictug.com).