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John O posted 06-08-2002 09:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for John O  
Anyone w/ suggestions on securing single battey in box w/out drilling holes for the straps. What area on the cc do people prefer to keep battey to max out storage? I currently have baTTERY on stern side near fire exting. with most wire secured to cc above battery.
DaveW posted 06-11-2002 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for DaveW  Send Email to DaveW     
A friend of mine put his battery box in side the console of his Montauk to keep fly lines away from it. But be careful--the floor of the console is crappy wood.
triblet posted 06-11-2002 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Don't put the battery box on the floor of the
console. You'll end up with the floor of the
console on the deck by and by. Cut a hole
in the console floor so the battery box sits
on the deck. Then drill holes in the floor
for footman loops to hold the straps.

This is what the factory does. They put it
in the starboard side aft corner of the


John O posted 06-12-2002 10:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
I am cofused. I ahve a Newtauk. Inside the cc is deck. What floor is everyone talking about?. Do I need to build some type of shelf?
Taylor posted 06-12-2002 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
John O: My console (1988 Montauk) has a plywood floor suspended about three inches above the deck. That way things in the console don't get wet when water sluices under the console. I think it is 1/2 marine ply.
John O posted 06-12-2002 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
Thanks--that makes sense now,, time to build a shelf.I assume there is a hole of some sort for cables and wires to come through.
kingfish posted 06-12-2002 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
John O-

Why a shelf?

The "deck" (or sole) of the boat is what you walk on - the "floor" of the console is the horizontal plane surface that is, as Taylor said, suspended 3 or 4 inches above the deck and forms the bottom of the inside of your console. Cut a battery-shaped opening in the floor of the console so the battery sits on the deck or sole of the boat and protrudes up through the hole you cut, into the space inside your console.

If need be, enlarge the opening you cut in the console floor to accomodate the routing of the cables.

After you cut the opening in the console floor, at least coat the raw plywood edges *well* with 3M 4200 or 5200, or better yet with epoxy, so water doesn't begin the process of rotting the rest of the console floor that is currently still intact.


John O posted 06-12-2002 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
There is nothing suspended inside my Center Console. there is only non skid deck. That is it. I purchased boat in May and am new to boating. right now battery sits in palstic battery box on the deck inside console.
kingfish posted 06-13-2002 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
John O-

I was bound up in the mental picture of the "Oldtauks", which have a console floor above the boat's deck. I didn't realize the "Newtauks" have a condition whereby the console floor and the boat's deck are the same thing (I think that's what you've been describing).

It would seem your decision would be whether it makes sense to create a console floor above the deck and then cut through it,(it might not make sense, if the console is tight or sealed to the deck all the way around, as I am surmising it might be), or whether to just anchor the battery to the deck as Chuck has described and be done with it.

Sorry for the confusion-


John O posted 06-13-2002 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
I have quickly become one of the many on this forum that get a bit squimish about drilling holes anywhere on a BW. I think i can insert a floor for 1/2 the area of the inner console. I like the idea of the battery sitting in a hole and strapped down. There is a wood frame on the circumfrance of the console just above the openings bow and stern of the cc for the water to move through. I thinks I can use some PVC pipe as a "stilt" and fasten a Marine grade piece of plywood to the wood backing and on top of the pvc stilts. sorry for the long desc. John
alan posted 06-13-2002 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for alan  Send Email to alan     
John - I think you will find that you are creating work for yourself. Secure the battery/box to the floor of the console and save yourself space. Once you drill one hole all the rest come easy. I would not recommend putting the batery on a platform, it will just get knocked around, especially in a Montauk. Enjoy your boat, it won't be the last time you will be drilling holes.
Soho posted 06-13-2002 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     

I agree, make that first step, drill the holes ! seal them up well and away you go. I did the same as suggested for my battery. I did put a piece of DriDeck ( rubber mat ) under it to avoid having the battery box wear the deck.



John O posted 06-13-2002 10:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for John O    
battery is on deck, starboard side. i drilled 4 holes and filled holes with life cauk as well as the screws. i put dri-deck dpwn as well (almond). I bulit a pvc frame inside the console about 5" above deck. i used 1/2 pvc and attached it to corner pvc pipe ant "T" shaped pieces for bracing front to back. The pvc runs around the cc and then two pieces front to back on each side of gunnel area. with battery in right rear corner ( sorry for lack of nautical terms)of cc. I ran most wires as close to the right side as possible to be able to use side and front hatch. I will mont a peice of marine plywood (1/2" or 1/4") and cut to allow wires to come through. Basically I am trying to create a neat dry space. T have also put dri-deck on the entire floor of cc with a space open above gunnel. I have no gunnel cover.. Used pvc because it was cheap 10' 1/2" pvc 97 cents and light weight. choose not to use glue to connect. i will use some plastic clamps to wood trim in cc if neccessary. Lowes did not have Marine plywood. I wouldlike to use some type of plastic of semi-rigid it would be flexable on the install and easier to trim for a tight any rate boat hits the Gloucester, MA waters for its maiden voyage this weekend!!!!
Thanks for all the help..John O

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