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Paul D Ceglia posted 12-14-2002 12:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for Paul D Ceglia   Send Email to Paul D Ceglia  
I have a 17ft. 97'Dauntless and am interested in installing a Dual Battery system. I've received two placement suggestions:
Use port compartment because control switch must be protected from elements and easily mounted within or use starboard compartment forward of helm and find a protective box for the switch that can be mounted on the instrument panel for protection and convenience.
Using the port compartment forces me to give up valuable easily accessible storage space, starboard requires unknown mountable box.
Any recommendations?
dgp posted 12-14-2002 03:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Having previously owned a '97 Dauntless 17, the location of the starting battery was in the port forward compartment. I relocated my battery as far forward as possible which put it under the seat in the bow rider area.
It seems to me it would make the cleanest installation to install the second battery next to it and locate the battery switch there also.
I used the starboard forward compartment that had the hatch under the bow rider seat to store my life jackets and found that all six would fit in there.
Richard Quinlivan posted 12-15-2002 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Richard Quinlivan  Send Email to Richard Quinlivan     
Do you mean that you put the battery in the campartment in the very front with the hatch over it? If so how did you get the wires back into the underdeck area?

Paul D Ceglia posted 12-17-2002 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Paul D Ceglia  Send Email to Paul D Ceglia     
Thanks, your reply seems to be the first choice. I had my doubts because stowing
life jackets etc. in starboard hatch is
not as convienient as port compartment.
With the placement of the batteries foward into the bowrider portion (under
the seat) little to no room is left for
fire extinguisher, lotions, flares or
lunches in what is left of the space. It
is a great deal more easy to open the compartment door to access these things
than through a hatch.
Hakuna Matada posted 12-22-2002 09:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hakuna Matada  Send Email to Hakuna Matada     
I have a 20' 1998 Ventura (Dauntless) I rigged a dual battery in the port battery compartment. I moved the original battery and tie down strap to the back of the compartment and installed the new(deep cycle) battery in the front. I installed the Guest Battery switch forward of the batteries in the same compartment. I then mounted aluminum brackets fore & aft in the compartment to accommodate a shelf above the batteries for storage. The shelf was made in 2 pieces so it could be removed and I put a lip on so everything would stay put.
Paul D Ceglia posted 12-29-2002 08:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Paul D Ceglia  Send Email to Paul D Ceglia     
Thanks for the tip about the shelf.
After the snow melts and I can ge at my boat
I'll measure the amount of space available.
I've got a feeling it won't be too much but
it's worth looking into.

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