Boating Tips: Connecting to Shore Power

Welcome to Boating Tips with MarineMax! While connecting to shore power is very easy, it’s a little bit more involved than just plugging in a cord. Captains Keith and Nick will take you through step by step. Ask your questions, make comments, and learn a thing or two about your favorite outdoor activity.

On the Dock

The first thing that you want to do is make sure that the breaker in the shore power pedestal is in the “off” position. This is for safety purposes since more often than not, there will be water on the ground. Once the pedestal breaker is off, you can then plug in your shore power cord.

On the Boat

Connect the other end of your shore power cord to the receptacle on your vessel. Once you are connected, turn the breaker on the pedestal on the dock to the “on” position. An indicator light on the cord will turn on letting you know that you are indeed getting power.

The Breaker Panel

Heading down to your utility closet or another similar area will bring you to your breaker panel. On your panel, flip the “Shore 1” to the “on” position. A green indicator light will come on which will let you know that your boat has power. In the event of a red light coming on, contact your dock master for assistance.

If you are only using one shore power cord, the “parallel” switch helps share power around your boat between lines one and two. However, in the event that you need a second shore power cord to be plugged in, you would disengage this switch and you will see the “Shore 2” button turn green letting you know that it is on.

Now that you have power, you can flip your other switches to activate different devices and areas of your vessel such as air conditioning and water pumps.

More Tips

Shore power is a great innovation that easily helps bring the comforts of home to boats and yachts. We have even more resources on shore power in case you need more references so that you can boat comfortably and confidently. Click here for more. We’ll see you out there.

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