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Old 07-25-2017, 02:12 AM   #1
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Anyone smart with dock wiring? My boat has been without shore power for two weeks now because they went and installed GFCIs for the dock and it keeps tripping. I know we have GFCIs within the boat, but should the whole dock be on one...? They still haven't been able to find the ground that keeps tripping it and have no idea when they'll get it fixed. Glad I got my generator working, but annoyed I left my fish bait in the fridge....
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The GFCI is tripping because there is current on the ground wire. How many boats are on the dock? One must have a wiring issue. How quickly is it tripping? Have they verified with all boats disconnected it stays set? If so then connect one boat at a time for the duration it took to trip until you find which boat is the culprit.

I'm surprised the marina allows you to run the generator as thus has lead to death from carbon monoxide in neighboring boats. Typically an insurance no no.
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I think they said they decided it was the wiring on the dock that's the problem.
I don't run the generator non stop! Only when I'm there to charge up the batteries...
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There are typically concessions when the marina takes the power offline long-term. Otherwise, people would be screaming for rebates. Would you pay full price for a season at a marina without power?

I was in a marina that re-did their power on the docks. I launched in Mid-may and I didn't get power to the post until mid to late July. I ran a Honda 2K at the end of my finger pier with the exhaust pointing out. Only when I was present. I was out on the end and everyone around me were day boaters. I'd run it all night long to keep the AC running on really hot nights if we were in the marina (which is fairly rare anyway).
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There are typically concessions when the marina takes the power offline long-term. Otherwise, people would be screaming for rebates. Would you pay full price for a season at a marina without power?

I was in a marina that re-did their power on the docks. I launched in Mid-may and I didn't get power to the post until mid to late July. I ran a Honda 2K at the end of my finger pier with the exhaust pointing out. Only when I was present. I was out on the end and everyone around me were day boaters. I'd run it all night long to keep the AC running on really hot nights if we were in the marina (which is fairly rare anyway).
Shrew, just wondering what size a/c unit you have. I tried a 2250watt and it would not start my a/c =16,000.
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Shrew, just wondering what size a/c unit you have. I tried a 2250watt and it would not start my a/c =16,000.
Much smaller. The same 2K generator will not run my current AC unit.
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Well the manager was there today cycling power for folks. Played with mine a little. With only my breaker turned on for the whole dock, I did just fine... until I turned my AC on. As soon as the compressor tried to start, the GFCI tripped. Does my 94 3200 have any internal GFCI besides a couple of the outlets? I guess I'll have to take the AC controller apart to test for a compressor ground, right?
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Well the manager was there today cycling power for folks. Played with mine a little. With only my breaker turned on for the whole dock, I did just fine... until I turned my AC on. As soon as the compressor tried to start, the GFCI tripped. Does my 94 3200 have any internal GFCI besides a couple of the outlets? I guess I'll have to take the AC controller apart to test for a compressor ground, right?
? So the rest of the boats on the dock were connected as well and their ACs were running without tripping the GFCI?

Was your AC working before thus? If so it would strange to suddenly fail. Not sure what you mean by test for a compressor ground. Shorted compressor winding to ground, if so it would not have worked before. Before turning on your AC did you turn on other 120VAC items, microwave, ....?
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I don't know what the rest of the boats are doing. There is usually almost no one ever there.
My air conditioner worked before and still works on the generator. Electrical stuff can still work with grounds. I still think their GFCI and/or wiring is bad or not designed for our loads. He says they're trying to get GFCIs for each pedestal instead of for the entire dock next...
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I agree it sounds like an issue on there end. Do they have licensed electricians doing the work that are versed in marine applications?
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