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TampaTom posted 10-15-2001 12:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for TampaTom   Send Email to TampaTom  
Before I start making improvements to my "new" 16', I've been running it a bit. On Saterday, I was crossing a bar (Gaspirilla Pass/Boca Grande) and took a wave over the transom. The battery in the stern was almost covered in water.

I should probably move the battery to the console but that's where the gas tank is. The seat is a molded fiberglass/cooler type. I'd like to keep two batteries in the back (under a bench) with a switch, but don't think this is a safe location. Can it be made safe?

JFM posted 10-15-2001 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Tampatom, is your pilot seat a cooler? Most are flip with tanks under or leaning post. Cooler is usually in front of console. Most batteries are in center console. But I think you can buy some nice baterry containers from boat/u.s. or west marine. Regards, Jay
JBCornwell posted 10-15-2001 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
I think Tom has the mahogany console and RPS, JFM. Correct me if I am wrong, please, Tom.

On my '66 Sakonnet I had the occasional wave over the transom(and even over the bow now and then) and the same worry as Tom.

I put a single, BIG battery (start and electronics only, no elec. troller) in the seat box and a sealed 4" PVC vertical tunnel down into the horizontal tunnel to carry electrons to their end users. Worked well, especially after I trashed the big (300+#)V4 and mounted an OMC 70 looper.

Loved that boat. She never failed me, and I did things in her that would scare Wolf Larsen.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

TampaTom posted 10-15-2001 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for TampaTom  Send Email to TampaTom     
JFM, the pilot seat is a cooler (aftermarket item) and I would like to avoid spending alot of money at once reconfiguring the whole boat. Instead, I plan on spending alot of money over time, covertly, without attracting attention from my wife.

The battery was in a covered box (cover wasn't on that good, however,) I guess I'll just stop making runs through shallow passes in following 5' seas until I can set it up right.

JFM posted 10-15-2001 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
That will get your batteries no matter where they are! Jay

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