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lurkynot posted 08-13-2004 11:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for lurkynot   Send Email to lurkynot  
Can anyone share the fastening pattern for a dual battery install on a 18 dauntless under the console? I am interested in ensuring the two batteries will not tear out in heavy seas. Specifically the location of whale board since the wood diagram is a bit sketchy. Any lessons learned would be appreciated. Thanks, Tony
skred posted 08-15-2004 06:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I'm checking my D16 diagram, and they're also a bit muddy... I want to do the 2-battery thing also, so if anyone can elucidate on this - it would be appreciated.
JohnJ80 posted 08-16-2004 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I have two batteries mounted in my Dauntless 15. I think the decking is sufficiently strong to mount and hold a battery.

I have mounted a battery in my sailboat using the normal enclosed box with the strap that encircles it. The strap slides through two plastic straps each screwed to the deck with two screws. I have had that boat through all sorts of rolls, waves, etc.. and it has never broken loose.

I have also had my D15 through all sorts of chop and waves and never had a problem with either of the two batteries.

If you make sure that the screws have a hole only just big enough to really struggle to get the screws in they will have plenty of bite and shouldn't be an issue at all.

The trick is with any cargo is to keep it secured tight to the boat. The problem comes when it slams around - that is when you generate the G-forces to really break things loose. Its when that 50lb battery starts slinging around loose that you have a problem - so keep the straps tight and check them if you anticipate rough conditions.


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