What to leave on during the week as far as shore power

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  1. Mikeb18x

    Mikeb18x New Member

    10
    Oct 30, 2014
    Wildwood nj
    1992 270 sundancer..
    454 Brovo 2
    Just curious on what most weekend warriors do as far as shore power. Should I leave the power on for my batt charger on all week? Should anything else be left on? Thanks in advance for the info!
     
  2. rcknecht

    rcknecht Active Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    toms river,nj
    340 Sundancer 2001
    T 454 MPI
    All I leave on is my battery charger and my 120 outlets... I have one of these in my cabin: [​IMG]
     
  3. electricaldoctor

    electricaldoctor Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 14, 2008
    Thousand Islands, Rockport, Ontario.
    1988 390 EC
    454 Mercruiser Gassers
    Just enough to keep the batteries charged and keep the fridge working. I turn off the water pump, head, hot water tank and everything else.
     
  4. Knot It

    Knot It Member

    348
    Oct 28, 2011
    St. Louis, Mo
    '01 340 Sundancer
    T-7.4 Horizons w/ V Drives
    I leave battery charger and refrigerators on all week.
     
  5. Irie308

    Irie308 Member SILVER Sponsor

    655
    May 28, 2013
    CT
    320 Sundancer 2005, Raymarine C120 and C80
    Highfield 9.6 RIB & Tohatsu 8hp
    Previous boat: 215 expre
    350 Mercruisers V-drives
    +1 on the above items but I also leave my AC in dehumidifier mode.
     
  6. Mikeb18x

    Mikeb18x New Member

    10
    Oct 30, 2014
    Wildwood nj
    1992 270 sundancer..
    454 Brovo 2
    Thanks for the advice! I guess I should be looking into a dehumidifier also.. Any advice? I'll look into the one pictured above that looks like it days stor dry
     
  7. PMC

    PMC Active Member

    Apr 10, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    2001 40 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 6CTA
    Does the boat have AC? You may already have dehumidification available
     
  8. LTD.330

    LTD.330 Member SILVER Sponsor

    998
    Oct 5, 2009
    Lake Erie
    1999 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPI
    Battery Charger, Refrigerator, and Microwave. The Microwave is on so that I can see if the boat lost power (clock resets) since the last time I was there. If so, then I investigate.

    Everything else is off.
     
  9. Mikeb18x

    Mikeb18x New Member

    10
    Oct 30, 2014
    Wildwood nj
    1992 270 sundancer..
    454 Brovo 2
    No, just hatch ac..
     
  10. Molson

    Molson Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 5, 2011
    Midland, ON
    1997 330 DA
    Twin 7.4 carb V-Drives
    Me too. Gotta have cold beer when getting to the boat!
     
  11. JimT

    JimT Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    Battery charger, refrigerators, heat/AC depending on the season.
     
  12. Bob & Sue

    Bob & Sue Active Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Browns Point Tacoma WA
    Sold 1999 270DA Sundancer
    5.7l Mercuiser
    If you have an older charger ie one that doesn't have a float mode, be sure to check your batteries weekly at least, if there lead acid you risk boiling the batteries dry and buying new ones or worse.
     
  13. Sous

    Sous Member

    666
    Jul 27, 2011
    Herring Bay, MD
    2009 330 DA, Raymarine C80, Intellian, VesselView, Kohler, Sea Lift, Central Vac
    MerCruiser 8.1 Horizons DTS
    this ^^
     
  14. Mikeb18x

    Mikeb18x New Member

    10
    Oct 30, 2014
    Wildwood nj
    1992 270 sundancer..
    454 Brovo 2
    Boat is a 92 270.. What should I look for to see if the charger has a "float" or automatic shutoff? That's what I was worried about with leaving the charger on for the week
     
  15. Molson

    Molson Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 5, 2011
    Midland, ON
    1997 330 DA
    Twin 7.4 carb V-Drives
    Do you know the make and model of the charger?
     
  16. Mikeb18x

    Mikeb18x New Member

    10
    Oct 30, 2014
    Wildwood nj
    1992 270 sundancer..
    454 Brovo 2
    I will find out this weekend.. Looked factory
     
  17. rcknecht

    rcknecht Active Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    toms river,nj
    340 Sundancer 2001
    T 454 MPI
    I have AC but do not run it it in Dehumidify mode because it is cheaper to run the WM dehumidifier, and I am in salt water would not run the RW through the boat when I am not on it... If your charger does not have a float mode, I would not leave it on... your batteries will be find it they are turned off end left uncharged for a week or two...
     
  18. mvoellinger

    mvoellinger Member

    618
    Aug 26, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    2002 260DA
    350 MAG w/ Bravo III
    Only issue there is bilge pumps....small leak, no problem, bilge pumps will keep her afloat...until the battery dies. Then down she goes.

    As an example: Last week I saved the boat of an NFL star. He was off at spring training and I happened to be walking down the dock and thought "man, his boat looks a little ass low in the water" So I stared at it and pondered, as any good man is prone to do after too many beers the night before, when I saw his forward bilge pump cycle on. "Rut roh..." go down and grab the marina guy and he jumps on the boat and hits the aft bilge pump switch...nothing. Lift the hatch, up to the oil pan of the BRAND NEW 350s in a BRAND NEW Monterrey. If he hadnt been on shore power, and didnt have a forward bilge pump, we'd have found it hanging off the lines.
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2015

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