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18-05-09, 21:30
Bit of a 'how long is a piece of string' question here, so apologies for that, but for those with shore power, how long is your cable ?
Reason for asking is that I knocked mine up myself and later realised the cable I used is nearly 100ft long /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
Don't see me ever needing a cable that long so I'm going to cut it and save weight, just not sure how long to make it

18-05-09, 21:38
We've got 3 - 2x20m + 1x10m
Three different plugs - 2-pin, 3-pin & 4-pin.

In short, there's nowhere we can't get juice /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

18-05-09, 21:41
20 metres (on a reel) and a 10m extension. I have an old 20m lead too as sometimes miles from a socket in the yard.

18-05-09, 21:48
2 at 25m each plus a bag full of different ends to convert to whatever. Oh, and a Y Splitter, for whenthere is no other post available

18-05-09, 21:49
leave it that long MrT its easier to roll a long one than extend a short one /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif
Boston Bank Holiday Monday,Fos Dyke following Saturday
cheers Joe

18-05-09, 21:52
Hadn't thought of a Y splitter, got all the bits for one so I'll make it up next time I get down there, ta muchly for another good idea

18-05-09, 21:54
Will see you at Fosdyke then Joe, good news (I think) is that The Ship looks like it's likely to open again this weekend

18-05-09, 21:57
a splitter isnt much use if the supply is a 6 Amp mcb

18-05-09, 22:03
Posh up here, 16 Amp at all points

18-05-09, 23:00
we have a 20m lead and a 20m extension lead

19-05-09, 07:10
not in Holland

19-05-09, 07:10
I also have a short flylead converting from the 16A to a 13A 3-pin socket so I can use power tools without going via the boat electrics.

Must get a Y-lead. At Bradwell there are 6 sockets on each post but 4 are padlocked and available for exclusive metered use (50 plus leccy) leaving only 2 for occassional use and visitors. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

19-05-09, 07:36
I think I have something similar. A 'regular' shore power cable, then a short lead with a 13 amp socket on it, then a common or garden extension lead. Generally the 'regular' shore power cable is long enough in marinas, but I usually need the extension when the boat is ashore.

Unless you have a fridge on board, or need to put a fan heater on, you won't need to connect to shore power when you are a visitor to a marina. I hardly ever bother to hook up when I go visiting.

19-05-09, 07:49
As this has turned into a "my one is longer than your one", modesty forbids me from telling you how long mine is. /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif

19-05-09, 08:28
Figured that if the power was more than 50 m away then I could manage without.
Junked my bundle of leads of unknown age and quality and bought 3 x 17m site leads from Screwfix.
This was cheaper than buying the cable and plugs and doing it myself.

A little 13A plug to test the live, neutral and earth - from Screwfix, also highly recommended. Then made a 'gender bender' to switch the live & neutral around, useful for the pontoons wired by numpty's.
A lead with a 13A socket on the end also very useful

Have added a Y to my list of odd jobs on a rainy, non sailing day.

19-05-09, 10:12
One 25 metre line with marina plugs and one 15 metre line with 2 pin plus a 2-to-3 adaptor so I can tandem them both ways. Also a splitter and an adaptor for a dirty great socket that you have to buy if you end up parked among the motor-boats at St Helier.

19-05-09, 12:46
I've got a standard caravan lead and a household type extension lead.

19-05-09, 14:01
As this has turned into a "my one is longer than your one", modesty forbids me from telling you how long mine is. /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif

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After including my standard extension cables I'm keeping quiet now too /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif maybe I need to lose more weight than I thought /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

20-05-09, 07:33
Orange h/d cable connected to a residual circuit breaker with 3 x 13 amp standard sockets.

Bought is a caravan shop.

20-05-09, 07:48
25m, I have so far never used that much, but maybe one day.... maybe I'll just half it and savour the locker space. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

20-05-09, 12:06
dont forget to work out the Voltage drop dave /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif