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Shore Power Cord Strain Reliever

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by Terry Cox, Jul 11, 2018 at 3:59 PM. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,200 posts, 308 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Awhile ago boat movement placed a strain on the shore power cord for our boat, which caused it to work loose, broke the locking ring on the boat end and almost became disconnected. To prevent this from happening again I designed and built a cord strain reliever out of an assortment of parts on hand that cost maybe less than a $1.00. The carabiner end is clipped to a stanchion. That was several years ago and so far the design has worked out quite well. Simple and cost effective.

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    A different angle of my design shows what used to be a short piece of nylon strap dog leash that I found on the road while running with a carabiner on the hand loop end and an adjustable clamp that secures the working end of the dog leash to the shore power cord.

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  2. Davidasailor26

    Davidasailor26

    Joined May 17, 2004
    1,170 posts, 192 likes
    Beneteau Oceanis 37 LE
    US Havre de Grace
    Good deal. But I wonder if you could connect the loop to the toe rail rather than the stanchion? I'd be worried a out transferring loads to the stanchion and compromising the base over time.
     


  3. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,200 posts, 308 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Toe rail would work, too. Our stanchions, pretty stout.
     


  4. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    4,573 posts, 1,732 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Oh the horrors! Is that hose clamp stainless steel? You should ALWAYS use double hose clamps. Eeeeek!!!



    Ok. I got every bit of possible objection out of the way. Great job. Thanks for sharing.
     


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  5. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,200 posts, 308 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Uh froggy, yes SS, and only double needed below the waterline. OBTW, thank you. Time for hibernation? You're such a tadpole. :D
     


  6. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,514 posts, 1,821 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    That looks very serviceable Terry.

    I take one of the several 1/4 inch pieces of line on the boat. Wrap a couple of half hitched around the cord so it doesn’t slide and the tie off around a secure point on the boat or near the electrical dock outlet. Quick bit of seamanship and all is good for those times when you need to stretch the cord to the end.
    Then when I was in Port Hudson bemoaning the thought that the boat was not tied up close enough to reach the outlet off the bow, this clever dockmate announced “why don’t you just use the outlet off you stern. It’s only about 15 feet away. “
    :banghead::biggrin:
     


  7. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,514 posts, 1,821 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    No pretty SS clamp but pretty effective
     

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  8. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,200 posts, 308 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Yup.
     


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  9. Roland5048

    Roland5048

    Joined May 12, 2004
    1,021 posts, 287 likes
    Hunter Cherubini 30
    US New Port Richey
    Exactly what do you call that knot in pic #2? :biggrin:
     


  10. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    3,200 posts, 308 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Looks like a Hadley sheep bend.:laugh:
     


  11. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,514 posts, 1,821 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    You are too funny Terry. :kick:

    It is a herd of halve hitches so that the cord does not slip as the boat moves. I like your keen eye @Roland5048 . :biggrin:
     



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