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markanddi
Oct-19-2017 @ 8:38 PM                           Permalink
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Hello
We have just moved to the broads and been very lucky to get a house on the river with our own dock and have bought a 4 berth cruiser.
The boat was on charge at the marina on the Thames when we bought it.
We have tried to plug the boat into our electric supply by our mooring but it’s blows the fuses in the house?
The electric supply we use( in a summer house by the dock) works fine, as we have used this to plug the hoover in to clean the boat.
Any ideas why this is happening?
Many thanks
Di

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Get a spark to check your electrics, a current edition dis board may sort it and give you peace of mind. I've heard of electric cars giving owners home electrics gyp.

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yes get an electrician in, should be a few in the local area.

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Oct-19-2017 @ 12:11 AM                           Permalink
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Hi
I am no electrician but you could try plugging the boat if it has a proper circuit breaker into a shore power post as I am sure they are protected an RCD. Make sure you keep an eye to everything I think that they are a 16amp supply and if all is well then your summer house electrics will need a coat of looking at.
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There are many reasons why this might happen, but if everything is wired up correctly then it shouldn't. The fact that you are asking for advice here, suggests to me that you should call an electrician and let them investigate.

If your boat is an ex hire boat, it was not uncommon in the early days of shore power for the yard to purposely wire the shore power lead and the socket on the boat up incorrectly to prevent anyone using a normal shore power lead to plug the boat into the mains. Using the earth pins and the live for instance. Providing the correct lead was used it wasn't a problem. Use the wrong lead and it would cause a trip to blow.

As electrics is not an amateur diy area, I would call in an electrician.

Just because The BA make a request, don't automatically assume they have the powers to make such requests!! Keeping a careful eye on an Authority which is making it's own rules.

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Morning
I really don't want you to do anything that could be dangerous but you could have plugged into shore power at any time.
I would be very surprised if the marina you got your boat from was wired any other way than British regulations would allow and it was working there.
As the only thing that has been moved is the boat it could have flexed and created a short.
Get an electrician if in any doubt.
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Marge and Parge


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My first job would be to plug a 3kw kettle into the
summer house and see if that blows it again. If it does,
it's the fusebox/wiring in the SH and not the boat.
If it's ok, then it's the boat which needs looking at.


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Hello everyone and thanks so much for replies. The boat was plugged in at the Marina when we bought it.
I will show hubby your replies.
Thanks again x

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Oct-21-2017 @ 10:55 AM                           Permalink
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Hello Di I would check the orientation of the fly lead/extension lead that you plug into the summer house with,the boat will have a 16amp socket and the summer house will have at a guess a 13amp household socket,the boat yard would have used a 16 amp plug and socket extension lead and not the one you are using to connect to the summer house with.i would check this extension lead first.John

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Good Morning.

The previous posters are quite right in saying that some of the boatyards did not stick to using the correct wiring convention, my own boat that was wired up in France would be an example of this. The attachment shows the correct wiring orientation which is the same for caravans. The connector on the boat should be a plug i.e. sticking out pins. Personally I would check the wiring orientation of the boat plug an hook up lead plugs & sockets. If they are correct then call in an electrician.

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Bob

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