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I own a 1995 33' Sea Ray Sundancer. The AC Shore Power is

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I own a 1995 33' Sea Ray Sundancer. The AC Shore Power is connected but not charging boat/ batteries, I have had the boat since last summer and this (not charging through AC Power) has never been an issue. Is there a circuit breaker that may need to be
reset? Or something elese I am missing for options in determining where the issue is?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** am I speaking with?
When you connect to shore power, are you turning the battery charger on via the main panel?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes Shore Power is "on" but no charge - AC is voltage shows zero.
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
When you say AC voltage reads zero, is anything that is AC powered working?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
nothing - only when I run engines and go DC do I get power.
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
Okay so AC is not working at all, is that correct?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
yes correct
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
Is the transfer switch set to generator or set to shore power?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My shore power cord light is "on" as it is connected to my boat
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
Is the transfer switch set to generator or set to shore power?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm not sure about a transfer switch or where that is located
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
This is tough without me being in front of the boat. If you look at your main electrical panel you should see something that says "LINE 1" on it. Do you see that? (Are you in front of the boat now?)
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I am going to head there now - I left it last night and thought of contacting you this morning (I am in San Diego PST time) - it will take 45 minutes to get to boat - can I reconnect with you then?
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
I'm in Florida, on east coast time. I'll be in and out throughout the day.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok great I will reconnect shortly / thanks this far for your insights Chuck
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
You bet, we'll talk soon. -Jason
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
Just checking in, any luck?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm on boat now
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
Do you see your electrical panel, it should say something like "line 1" on it?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I just sent a photo of the AC DC unit
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
Okay the transfer switch is in the correct position. Check all of the electric outlets in the boat and look for any GFCI outlets. You should have GFCI's in any bathroom, any outside outlets. Check to see if any of the outlets are tripped.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can t tell if they are tripped or not
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
Do you have a voltmeter and are you comfortable checking high voltages? Keep in mind these are high voltages, and if you accidently touch a live wire you can do anything from zap yourself to having a date with the grim reaper. Is that something you are comfortable doing?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I will have to bring in a marine electrician for that
Expert:  Jason replied 1 year ago.
I understand. It's definitely not something you want to mess with unless you know exactly what your doing, as 1 bad touch gets you lit up pretty good. If you had any further questions on this just let me know. Good luck! Jason

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