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WellFairFisherman posted 11-24-2005 04:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for WellFairFisherman   Send Email to WellFairFisherman  
Just bought an Optima Blue top battery for my 13ft whaler and would like to know if there is a compact on/off switch I can use to bolt onto the group 24 battery box????

I'm tired of getting out the pliers to take off the positive cable everytime I get home from fishing....I have a battery maintainer that I hook up and leave plugged in until I go out again.

Any Suggestions????? Just don't have much room on this boat and don't want to look down and see an ugly multi battery switch.....Thanks Warren

sail16 posted 11-24-2005 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for sail16  Send Email to sail16     
Try Cole Hersee-- part # 2484.
Chuck Tribolet posted 11-24-2005 07:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
If you have a battery maintainer and use it, why switch it off?


WellFairFisherman posted 11-24-2005 11:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for WellFairFisherman  Send Email to WellFairFisherman     
The reason I need to switch it off is because I have a lot of electronics hooked up to this one battery....

When I hook up the leads I get a spark...That makes me think there is something drawing power somewhere when off, not sure where its at but figured that a switch would give me peace of mind that i'm getting a charge........

This is what I have running on a single group 27 right now and haven't had a problem.....Battery is the boat US brand group 27 deep cycle and is 4 years old. I plug it into my 10amp charger/maintainer immediately when I get home from fishing and it dosen't get unhooked until I leave for my next trip.....

1. Outboard 77' 35hp Johnny electric start
2. Nav Lights
3. 500 GPH Rule livewell pump
4. 1100 GPH Bilge
5. 55lbs thrust Motorguide Bow mount trolling motor
6. Lowrance fishfinder/gps on console
7. Lowrance X59 on the bow
8. Handheld Garmin GPS via cig adaptor
9. Uniden Atlantis handheld VHF via Cig adaptor

Hopefully my new Optima Blue Top will hold up as well as the lead/acid group 27 does.....

Chuck Tribolet posted 11-25-2005 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Those cigarette lighter adapters will probably draw power even with the radio off.

You certainly need to eliminate the drain. But do you need
a battery switch, or an accessory switch?


fishgutz posted 11-28-2005 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
My neighbor had the same problem. He installed one of these:
He put in the "fixed knob" one. Its very small. You could probably mount it right on the battery box. I know he's really happy. Now I know everyone thinks West Marine is too expensive. Maybe you can find one at your local boat store or maybe they can order one. I hope this helps.
PeteB88 posted 11-28-2005 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
I've been thinking about doing the same thing - - you pal mounted this switch from West on the battery box? Is there a better place on a 13? I am not clear on how this would be wired up. Pls advise if you don't mind.

2) wellfairfisherman: how do you like the bow mount trolling motor on your 13? You must have a bow seat set-up as well - sounds like a serious hard-core fishing rig. Your comments would be appreciated. I am pretty hard core fisherman as well and so is my wife - but I am not sure I want to mount a troller on the bow on the 13.


WellFairFisherman posted 11-29-2005 02:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for WellFairFisherman  Send Email to WellFairFisherman     
Fishgutz....Thanks for the link....I like that one, it extends out a little bit so I don't have to worry about the posts digging into the battery.....

Pets....I fish saltwater bass and just upgraded from a small aluminum skiff.....Took me over 5 months working/designing on my 77' 13 footer to get it the way I wanted it but i'm almost done......I couldn't own a boat without a deck and bow mount trolling motor.....

Going to cruise by West Marine tomorrow after work and see if I can find something....Thanks for the reply's....Warren

WellFairFisherman posted 11-29-2005 02:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for WellFairFisherman  Send Email to WellFairFisherman     
Pete....The switch goes inline on the positive side of the battery....I want it to be as close to the battery as possible and as you know...There isn't a place to mount it on a 13 where it won't look ugly....

I guess you could bolt it under the seat but mine has the tempo 12 under it so thats out.....

jimh posted 11-30-2005 12:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
See hyperlink below for a compact ON/OFF switch that fits right onto a battery terminal. It is an automotive product, not a marine product, but might be useful in the right application: CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10002&storeId=10001&categoryId=14499& parentCategoryId=10405&langId=-1

WellFairFisherman posted 12-01-2005 01:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for WellFairFisherman  Send Email to WellFairFisherman     
Thanks for the link Jim...That looks really cool, i'm going to check and see if I can find it at an auto race shop my my house....

Just can't get myself to order something like this online without being able to touch it and se how it works, seems to have a lot of moving/removable parts...

Do you use one of these????

TampaTom posted 12-05-2005 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for TampaTom  Send Email to TampaTom     
I'ved use the West Marine and Blue Sea (same thing) mini switches and drill/bolt them to the battery box. Always good to be able to cut all the juice going out. I've had major issues with electrolsis from small, stray currents and salt water.

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