It’s that time of year again, winter layup and in many cases around the US that may mean keeping the boat in the water for the occasional winter jaunt on a warm day. If you are planning to leave your boat in the water over the winter months it may also mean that you’re planning to put some kind of heater on board to get the chill out. Remember that these space heaters draw very high electrical current that puts a full load on your boat’s shore power system. Make sure you inspect your shore cord to be certain it does not show any sign of corroded or slightly burned plastic around the terminals that could easily end up looking like the photo above. This is so easy to prevent and yet such a common problem. Check yours this weekend so you don’t end up as a statistic.