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JDog posted 04-12-2002 01:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for JDog   Send Email to JDog  
I'm new to boating, and bought an '86 Montauk last September. I love the boat and this site! Here's my question? I have a 24V trolling motor. So in my console I have three batteries. I have a marine switch uninstalled, so I wanted to go ahead and put it in. If I'm reading everything right, I think that I can hook one battery of the 24volt system (2 12 volt [batteries] in series) to the switch, and then my starting battery to the switch. The thought here is that I have an emergency cranking battery (one battery from the TM pair). Will this work? Is it a good idea? Also, if I'm running and turn the switch to "Both" I'll charge the starting battery and ONE battery in the 24V Series. Is this a bad thing for a trolling motor? (i.e. running a trolling motor on two batteries in a different state of charge) Just toying with the idea, but I dont' want to screw up the charging system in my boat, or my trolling motor.

More gratitude:
- mounted a trolling motor with help from guys on this site. All very helpful people.
- currently have all the wood off of my boat and refinishing per advice from this site
- repaired slight keel damage once again, with info from this site.

Since I'm a novice, you guys are teaching me a TON!

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