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How Our Rubber Boxes Keep Marinas Afloat

Our latest blog post continues our series of telling you a bit about some of the various industries we serve. In case you missed it, last’s week’s focus was on music festivals. This week, we’re looking at how our products provide power to the marine industry. This is generally split into two categories: marinas and shipyards.

What Our Rubber Boxes Do For Marinas

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Portable power is of exceptional use to marinas, as obviously their layout makes integrated mains electricity non-viable in most cases. We’ll try not to get too bogged down in explaining in minute detail how they work, but an easy way to think of them is broadly like caravan parks. Each individual dock and mooring point has its own power supply, distributed from a central power supply using devices like our rubber boxes.

The boats themselves, meanwhile, obviously need to be self-sustainable when they’re mobile; their power supply is usually generated from an onboard battery. When the boat docks, the owners hook it up to a post at the mooring point so that it can then draw its power from the marina’s supply instead. This gives the boat a rest from using its own power so that the owners can conduct the necessary checks, repairs, changes or recharges. When boat is ready to leave again, it’s simply a matter of unhooking the leads from the mooring post to switch back from the marina’s power to its own. (The demands on the marina’s system can vary, depending on how many boats are docked at any one time.)

Due to the sheer size of marinas, their power often needs to be distributed over a wide area, making power distros and portable power vital to keeping their system afloat (if you’ll pardon the pun). That’s where we at Rubber Box come in!

How Shipyards Benefit From Our Power Distros


Now that we’ve explained how marinas work, you’re already a step ahead when it comes to understanding working shipyards; they distribute power in much the same manner. However, in this case it’s not the boats themselves that ultimately need the power – instead, it goes to running the heavy-duty tools being used to work on them. So that means things like drills, sprayers, compressors and welders, just to name a few.

As a general rule, our power distros in this case tend to send out power at 110 volts. This is standard practice in the construction industry. It was once a safety feature designed to cut down on the potential of serious injuries, but these days tools have their own inbuilt safety systems anyway. However, this power infrastructure is already in place – many tools in use have been designed to these specifications, and it would take far more effort to change this standard across the entire industry, so 110 volts it is! Depending on the exact job in hand, the power specifications might once again vary, so there’s always a certain amount of flexibility built into the overall power distribution system.

You don’t have to be in the marine industry to take advantage of our rubber boxes, though. We serve a variety of sectors, and we pride ourselves on the inbuilt versatility of our products that makes this possible. Browse our website to see what else we can do, or you can request a quote for a bespoke power distro. Alternatively, give us a call on 01282 677 910, and we’ll be happy to explain things on the phone.

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