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Holy Cow posted 09-19-2003 10:55 AM ET (US)   Profile for Holy Cow   Send Email to Holy Cow  
All sounds Good! But what if you have recieved more RAIN than ever and the Bilge Pump has to continuiously work over a month? Of course that means I have not taken out the PLUG. Does the 2003 170 'Tauk have all the juice needed to start up the 90 Four Merc? Just a thought! How much Juice does that RULE need to expell all those rain storms? Just wondering before i take her to Martha's Vineyard on the 4th from Dartmouth, Mass. Guess I better see if the 90 Merc turns over before I trailer her 345 mile to the ramp! I do like the convienent carry all Jump Start/Booster for that quick start me up!

But never the less... How many COLD CRANKING AMPS does the 170 battery have? and how many bilges will she make before a JUMP would even be needed???

jimh posted 09-19-2003 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I believe we had some prior discussion on the question of who supplies the battery with a new Boston Whaler boat: the dealer or the factory?

My recollection was the dealer added the battery to the boat. Thus the brand, type, and capacity of the battery would depend on what the local dealer used.

If my memory is wrong, someone please correct me.

The simple answer to the question is to look at the battery in your 170 MONTAUK and see what rating is marked on it.

Barney posted 09-19-2003 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
With the 170 Montauk on a lift as I have, the plug is out but bilge on auto just in case. For the prior boat on the same lift, I installed a second battery and switch, it was a sterndrive with a bilge that could fill up. If you leave the plug in with lots of rain just be prepared for the worst. Jim
Jimm posted 09-19-2003 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
If your boat is in the water just leave the plug out and bilge switch off.
Swellmonster posted 09-20-2003 12:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
I saw Continuas Bilge and I thought there was a new trashy Whaler site! :)
andygere posted 09-20-2003 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Simple solution: Cover it. My Montauk stayed in its slip year round, and in the winter often saw 5 or more consecutive days of heavy rain. The bilge pump didn't have to work much, only removing the small amount of water that leaked through the seams etc. The batteries were always strong, and the interior dry. You will have the added benefit of substantially extending the life of your new investment, keeping bird poo off the seats, preventing oxidation of the gelcoat, pitting of the stailess and chrome, etc. On a boat that size, it takes less than 5 minutes to put a cover on or take it off. The dumbest thing anyone can do is buy a nice boat and then let the weather slowly kill it. The first major investment I made on my 22 Cuddy was a nice cover, after spending several months of hard work restoring it from weather damage.
Swellmonster posted 09-21-2003 09:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
He is 110% right! Cover it!
Jonathan posted 04-26-2004 02:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jonathan  Send Email to Jonathan     
andygere and others,

When you say you leave your boat on the slip does that mean you leave it antifouled in the water permanently? I'm not sure about the terminology.

I always though that the MT170 would be unsuitable to keep in the water because the drain plugs may/will foul particularly in salt water. The other options are to pull out the plug but then the deck will foul. Certainly not a long-term option! Is this true? Should the MT170 be treated as a dry stored boat? It appears to be a problem inherent of boats with a deck below the water line.

Chuck Tribolet posted 04-26-2004 09:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
If you have a lift, you probably have power, right? Why not
just keep it on a smart trickle charger?


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