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zedonis posted 08-29-2002 11:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for zedonis   Send Email to zedonis  
I have a 1988 18' outrage and was wondering if placing the batteries under the console is appropriate. I would like to get them out of the back of the boat where they are in the way. Any suggestions. Has anybody moved them under the console and were there any negative effects?
etstmeb posted 08-30-2002 08:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for etstmeb  Send Email to etstmeb     
I have both batteries and a 1,2 all, off main switch under the console as well as a Yammi oil tank--it all fits and with zip ties is fairly neat. No problems.
acseatsri posted 09-01-2002 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Make sure you put them on the floor of the boat and not on the floor of the console. Circular saw worked great for cutting the hole in the plywood in the bottom of the console.
kgregg posted 09-01-2002 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for kgregg  Send Email to kgregg     
etstmeb... I keep 6+ PFDs under console and am reluctant to give up this storage space. Where do you now store the things you used to store under console?
zedonis posted 09-01-2002 08:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for zedonis  Send Email to zedonis     
I like the idea of getting the oil/batteries out of the back of the boat. I also like to get the oil away from saltwater intrusion. However, shouldnt the batteries be stored in an area of low pounding? Seems to me the lead acid batteries should remain closer to the back of the boat where they are less subject to pounding??? What is the reason for placing the batteries on the floor within the console? Is it to be sure they are attached solidly to avoid loss of power if the boat is tossed around? Thanks for your opinions.


etstmeb posted 09-05-2002 04:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for etstmeb  Send Email to etstmeb     
I keep the pfd (I have all the co2 charged style, 3 of which are waistbelt) in a rubbermaid case in the 94qt cooler in front of the console. There is also enough room for my console and leaning post canvas.


etstmeb posted 09-05-2002 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for etstmeb  Send Email to etstmeb     
The batteries are in individual strapped down cases which are sealed with a gasket. These form a platform that my tackel box fits nicely on for storage through the side console door.
onlyawhaler posted 09-05-2002 09:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
I had a 84 18 outrage years ago and I relocated the two batteries in the center counsel along with the VRO tank. It did clean up the back area, but I really missed the storage room.
I have an 88 18 outrage now and I won't do it again. I have two batteries in the back and also enclosed the oil tank in a matching third battery box and lid to keep it clean. Works great, saves the storage space in the center counsel
newt posted 09-06-2002 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
When I bought my montauk, the two batteries were sitting on the floor of the console with all the wiring and terminals exposed.

I kept the batteries in the console, but cut out the floor so that they sit on the deck in plastic battery boxes (as recommended in previous threads on this forum). The top of the boxes are now about level with the bottom of the center door opening so the storage loss is at a minimum, and there are no exposed connections.

If you are going to put the batteries in the console, definitely cut out the floor so they sit on the deck. It makes for a solid clean setup.

hooter posted 09-07-2002 07:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
With bats in the console, plan to replace all yer electrical connections ever three years or so. The gas off those battries can and will eventually eat everything up. Been there. Whaler designed that splash well fer yer batteries, oil tank, etc. Why goof it around? Ah've got three 12-volts, a transom-mount troll, OMC erl tank, and still have room fer two 7-gal bait-savers, ALL in the splash well o'my 18'. Keeps the console for consolin', the big cooler fer lots o'fish. Don't mess wid a winner, man.

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