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Jul-02-2017 @ 1:52 PM                           Permalink
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Hi,

Its just under 3 weeks until we cast off on our next trip aboard Major Gem (12 volt boat) and Mrs Green has just realised she will not be able to use her hair dryer or straighteners (why she forgets this every year we go is beyond me) so after a little heated discussion I had the idea of being able to use the electricity posts for such purposes. However before I decide to pass on the news to Mrs Green that her hair can be as dry/straight as she likes for the week I thought I better make sure it is actually possible. I know that the boat does not come with a shore power connection however I have a very long flex that has a caravan connector on one end and a fused socket on the other, I have used it for camping loads of times and thought I could use it on the boat to resolve the hair dryer /straightener issue.

Can anyone tell me what type of socket the posts have. From what I have seen they look just like a male and female caravan power hook up, is this correct or do the connections differ in some way. If they just use the same caravan style socket as mine then I cant see any issue of using it to run power into the boat, obviously I'm not going to use it for lots of appliances or for long periods, no need really but it would help to keep Mrs Green, and to a lesser extent Miss Green quiet.

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Ben

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Hi there you just need a standard male 16 amp plug as you would have on a camp site cheers enjoy your holiday ....

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Hi there ,
Why not go for this , instead of 240volt hook up ?
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Dose anyone know if the the new posts have the bigger sockets (32 amp I think) as well as the 16 amp ones like the old posts?

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Beck  Braydon and Mere.

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Yes they have Adi.
Monkey hands bear in mind that its not always easy to find a vacant leccy post when it's busy

L

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Thanks.

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Jul-03-2017 @ 11:55 AM                           Permalink
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Thanks for all the answers guys, Steve I did suggest the gas hair straightener to Mrs Green but the suggestion was not well received (apparently I know nothing about hair). I think I am going to take my cable and hope for the best, if I cant get a post at least I tried and she cant blame me with a bit of luck.

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Food for thought , but some places do offer showers, where you can take your hairs driers , straighteners etc ,

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Just incase you are not aware - there are not hook up facilities at every mooring, far from it! And they are limited, so at Coltishall for example where there are moorings for around maybe 20 plus boats, there is just one post with hook up for 2 or 3 boats only (depending on voltage).

I really think your good lady is going to end up disappointed and unable to get her hair "done" every day. To be honest therefore (and to save you any hassles!) I think your best option is to prepare her now for the fact that a boat has its limitations in terms of facilities, but compared to a hotel room or even a holiday cottage, the sheer joy and magic of being on the river is outweighed ten fold, and that a perfect hairdo is not entirely vital.

And you can tell her that this comes from another GHD straighteners lady, lol. I do keep a set of the gas ones that Steve recommended on board to help tweek things when I feel the need. And when we are out for a week or more I admit hoping for one night of hook up for a decent powered hairdrying exercise, or for special occasions such as an evening out for our wedding Anniversary at one of our special "haunts". But overall the whole "being on the water " experience and all the freedoms that go with that are way more special than a bit of windswept hair, honest!

Have a great holiday.

Karen

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Some places do offer showers, I used the one at Beccles Yacht station a couple of weeks ago, or should I say went to use it, what an appalling mess I wouldn't wash road kill in there needs a total revamp it's a disgrace..

L


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