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scottfarm1 posted 01-01-2001 03:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for scottfarm1   Send Email to scottfarm1  
My cranking battery on my montauk bit the dust. What type is best, gel cell or acid. What brand. All I use battery for is cranking--might buy a trolling motor later--saw some good prices at Sam's club--any opinions--Dennis
bigz posted 01-01-2001 03:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Scott Optima --
http://www.optimabatteries.com/main.htm Marine starter, if your in the money! -- Now in reality Sears Matine for the price and warranty is hard to beat --- Tom
Dick E posted 01-01-2001 06:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick E  Send Email to Dick E     
AC DELCO Voyager Deep cycle.
Great for cranking or trolling.
The best for the money.
It's lead/acid but you will get a lot of life out of these.
Backlash posted 01-02-2001 12:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
I'll second the AC Delco Voyager Deep Cycle. I've got two on my boat that are 5 years old and still going strong.
They are "maintenance free", so you don't have to add water, and require very little attention other than keeping them charged. I always store them in the basement during the winter.
Steve
whalernut posted 01-02-2001 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I just bought an AC Delco Voyager series 27 this past summer for my Currituck with an 85h.p. Johnson. I know I could have gotten by with the standard 24 series size battery, but I like the extra power and reserve of the 27 series and am amazed at how strong it cranks. I was near a K-Mart at the time when I bought this battery, but would have also purchased a Diehard, I never had the marine version, but have been very happy with the car versions. Regards-Jack Graner.
whalernut posted 01-02-2001 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I just bought an AC Delco Voyager series 27 this past summer for my Currituck with an 85h.p. Johnson. I know I could have gotten by with the standard 24 series size battery, but I like the extra power and reserve of the 27 series and am amazed at how strong it cranks. I was near a K-Mart at the time when I bought this battery, but would have also purchased a Diehard, I never had the marine version, but have been very happy with the car versions. Regards-Jack Graner.
Dick posted 01-02-2001 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Lots of good batteries out there.
In my Montauk I run an Interstate GP24 deep cycle for a starting battery and an Interstate GP27 deep cycle for my electric trolling motor.
Dick
stagalv posted 01-02-2001 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
Any of you guys using the (AGM) absorbed glass mat batteries? These are becoming increasingly popular in large boats and an attractive thing about these for a whaler is they can take the pounding from rough seas. They aren't cheap though. After my Montauk is finished with the Awlgrip job I have to plan out my batteries. I think I am going to mount 2 AGM batts and a Perko switch in the console with cutouts made in the console floor to fit the batt boxes. This way the weight will sit on the deck and they will be secure. I am toying around with the idea of an onboard, waterproof Guest batt charger also. I just cant bring myself to mount the batts in the open on the aft deck area. Rex
Dick posted 01-02-2001 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
stagalv
The Perko battery switches are not bad but if you have them available in your area the Blue Seas switch is Whaler quality, a few bucks more but worth it.
Dick
bigz posted 01-03-2001 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Rex, not that it matters to me I don't sell batteries --

You just might want to look closely at the Optima Marine starter and house (deep cycle) in lieu of the Concorde --- they offer everything the Concorde does but in a smaller lighter package and in my opinion even tougher since (can be even mounted upside down) it and the Decka are the choice of the die hard off road 4x4 folks in their automotive lines -- The starter at Cabela's will hit you for $140 and the House about $170 best prices I have found --- you can also get your local Interstate dealer to order them but you'll pay 15-20% more ---

On the 27 we are using Sears Marine starters (picked these up on special last Spring for I think $30 a piece, should say Clark Roberts grabbed them for us before we left Florida to come north) one for each engine wired so if one goes can use the other to start both engines and the Optima house (sent direct to Florida from Cabela's) mounted close to the starters so if by chance both starters die we can jump the Optima on to one and still crank over the engines. --- Just a suggestion Tom

PS the House and Starters are separate --- starters are used just for starting (these we consider disposable if we can get 2 years fine if not fine) --- all are charged off the engines --- we are going to install an inverter/charger this winter for 30 amp shore power and charging for all battery banks --- then we can add two every important items a coffee maker and small microwave :)

blackdog posted 01-03-2001 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Since we are on the subjectóMy 16 Dauntless has the battery in the center console, yes only one battery. I though this is a long run for cables, I mean there is room in the port side aft storage compartment. I wonder why B/W didnít place it in the aft storage locker? Weight Possibly? Should I install another battery, I guess it is like running out of gas. Only happens once..

Blackdog

triblet posted 01-03-2001 02:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
If you care for a starting battery, you
ought to get more than 2 years out of it.
I'd be upset with less than four years.
Make sure you keep the water level up,
keep it on a smart trickle charger between
trips (not necessary if you get out every
week, but what happens when it's too rough
or you go on vacation elsewhere for five
weeks?), and don't run it flat.


Chuck Tribolet

bigz posted 01-03-2001 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Your right Charles, but at $30 to $40 on special a pop if it goes it goes no great loss. In the over all scheme of a 27's operating cost there peanuts, I ain't going to baby them -- now the $170 Optima House you betcha I am :) Z
triblet posted 01-03-2001 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
It's not babying, it's routine care that
makes sure it starts the boat when you want
to go diving/fishing whatever.

It takes no time at all. Ten seconds
to plug in the charger after I push the boat
into the garage, ten seconds to unplug it
before I push it out. About 10 minutes
twice a year to check the water levels and
top up.

Probably the nastiest thing that happens to
boat batteries is that they don't get kept
charged up because the boat sits. Both the
whaler and my 'Vette sit on smart trickle
chargers. The 'Vette starting battery is
about eight years old and fine. And it has
to crank over three hundred HP. The whaler
battery only has to turn over that little
90HP two stroke.

And what makes you think you are going to
find more starting batteries for $30? You
got a steal.

Chuck

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