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hookum posted 11-22-2006 09:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for hookum   Send Email to hookum  
I am getting ready to cut holes in the floor of my center console to mount my batteries on my 1989 Outrage 18. Where is the best location in the console to mount the batteries? For those of you who already done this, where did you mount yours? Is it working well? Do you wish you had mounted them in a different location?

I was thinking [of mounting the batteries] near the rear door where they could be easily serviced, or both of them of the starboard side of the console.

After I have cut the holes I think I am going to have to like that location for a while. (A lot of work)


tkbsurf posted 11-22-2006 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for tkbsurf  Send Email to tkbsurf     
I have an 1983 Outrage for which I recently made a new floor in the console. I cut three holes in the floor to fit 3 battery boxes. Two boxes are located on the starboard side and one large box on the port side oriented all the way forward.The starting battery is in the forward of the two smaller boxes. My accesory battery is in the one on the port side large box. The box closest to the rear teak door houses my oil resovoir. This setup still allows a large area in the rear left hand side for other items. If I ever get a new engine without the need of the oil reservoir I can still use the battery box for storage. I also raised the floor slightly to just under the battery box molded-in handles. This allows the floor to still have a flatish appearance with only the lids of the battery boxes showing. Removal of the starting battery is done throught the rear door. The larger battery is removed from the port side console door. The battery switch is located on the port side just inside the door on the right for quick changes. All the cables are routed around the perimeter of the console and are hidden for the most part by the box lids. This keeps the center area clean and uncluttered for other things.
hookum posted 11-22-2006 11:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for hookum  Send Email to hookum     
Thanks tkbsurf, for the information.

You gave me some good ideas. I had thought of raising the floor also.


jimh posted 11-23-2006 03:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Is a digital image available of the installation?
dfmcintyre posted 11-23-2006 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Hookum -

I did essentially the same as TKB, only the raised floor was accomplished by actually raising the whole console by placing 4" "risers" (which is what they've been termed here on the forum) underneath the length of the console plate that attaches to the floor of the boat. Like his installation, only the two covers themselves protrude. The oil tank is flush. Battery switch is mounted to an 1" plywood disk that was epoxyed to the inside port console wall.

By raising the console, I've got enough room to slide a Tupperware container into the space underneath. And it's easier to steer, without being bent over and gives me a little more wind protection.

Regards - Don

jechura posted 11-23-2006 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jechura  Send Email to jechura     
The batteries and oil tank on my 1985 22 Outrage with standard console were installed in console and un top of the floor by the selling dealer. At some point someone decided that the four OEM. damaged plastic brackets holding up the floor would not carry the weight and shoved two pieces of wood under the floor to keep it up. With the battery strap anchors attached to the floor allowing the complete unit to bounce around in the console.

In the first picture one of the old plastic brackets is visible, which was originally attached to the inside of the console with # 8 5/8" screws. Also note my homemade deck plate covering the port tunnel access hole. One inch console risers added.

Hole cut for the two battery boxes and battery strap anchors through bolted fore and aft on console.

Pipe insulation around the lose fitting OEM flooring and the battery box opening helps keep the little things that like to loosen up, fall out and eventually roll around on the deck.
Replacing the console riser from 1" to 4 1/4" presented some new problems. Now the battery box were suspended from the floor by the box handles by about 3" from the deck. Not liking
the idea of lowering the boxes any more a battery platform was fabricated out of the old 1" console risers. With the increase visibility under the floor a new tunnel collar was in order to hide the cables and wires.


hookum posted 11-24-2006 10:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for hookum  Send Email to hookum     
Great Pictures!!!

Now armed with all of this information......Back to the drawing board.

Thanks everyone for all this really good information.


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