Thanks to reader, Mark Lawrence for pointing out this important safety tip. We too have seen melted shorepower cords. Be SURE they are securely connected – the threads securely screwed onto the boat and the dock end plug securely twisted in place. But even that doesn’t insure the motion of the boat and the rise and fall of the tides doesn’t pull on the cord. Here’s Mark’s comment:
“We frequently see folks bringing melted shore cord plugs into West Marine for replacement. The reason is almost always because they did not securely screw the power cord ring to the receptacle threads and the motion of the boat pulls the cord part way out. That gap can start an arcing that may melt the cord or start a fire. I used to be lazy about this but not anymore after seeing numerous melted cords. On pier side end, be sure to wrap the cord around the tower and check frequently to make sure it is not being pulled out.” Mark Lawrence
David always wraps our shorepower cord around the boat stanchions or lifelines, both at the bow where the cord comes aboard and at the stern by where it connects. He also insists on wrapping the cord around the dock electrical box before plugging it in. And it’s also looped around a dock cleat before it droops between the dock and the boat allowing for tide swings.
Be safe out there — and avoid fire hazards at the dock! Anyone with more input on this subject, remind us of important safety tips by leaving a comment & sharing. Thanks! Jan