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ContinuousWave: Whaler Repairs/Mods
posted 07-08-2001 10:32 PM ET (US)
I have had my 1980 Montauk for one year. I am interested in moving the battery under the console and would like to know pros and cons, has anyone had any experience with doing it and any tricks to it. Thanks
posted 07-08-2001 11:00 PM ET (US)
All of the newer Montauks have the battery mounted under the console. I am not sure when they started putting them there but I have a 1999 Montauk and it seems like the logical place to me.
posted 07-08-2001 11:20 PM ET (US)
This will probably degenerate into a
religious argument: "battery as close as
possible to the motor" vs: "deck space".
If you put the battery under the console,
posted 07-09-2001 05:47 PM ET (US)
Yep, Just like Chuck said>> If the batteries are placed under the console you need to cut a hole in the plywood console bottom so the [batteries] will rest on the deck (in the [battery] boxes). I just restored my Montauk and put two AGM [batteries] in the console. I didn't want them on deck in the way. That is, unless you have a rear seat to place over them. Rex
posted 07-09-2001 07:18 PM ET (US)
My 89 has both the battery and the oil tank in the stern. I would like both in the console. Do the new ones have the oil tank in the console? Also, does the stern sit much higher in the water?
posted 07-11-2001 10:24 AM ET (US)
I like the weight balance/static trim with my battery and aluminum 20 gallon tank both under the console. The boat floats perfectly level. I have a 16 foot hull with a modern fiberglass console, and a 315 pound V4 outboard. By keeping them out of the way, I'll be able to use the deck space to add a baitwell, and still expect reasonable static trim with the added weight of the baitwell water in the stern.
posted 07-11-2001 11:22 AM ET (US)
Biggest problem I have with [batteries] in the rear is when it rains. I have had many days of thunderstorms that within an hour or 2 that battery would be under water and eating up the wires, etc. You do not want the mess of a battery underwater. I do not have a bilge pump, usually leave the plug out but sometimes the hole gets glogged. Seriously considering a pump, getting tired of wet feet.
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