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Old 02-02-2003, 05:46 AM
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Is it safe to mount batteries inside a center console? Will gas from a charging battery create a hazard? What about AGM (sealed) batteries?

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Old 02-02-2003, 06:14 AM
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Actually, I believe you will find that the center console is the preferred location for mounting batteries on most boats.
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Old 02-02-2003, 06:59 AM
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If its vented you won't have any problem. There is one thing you absolutly must do if you mount them in the console though. You simply have to use battery boxes or at the absolut least put those rubber protective caps over top of the battery terminals. What you are trying to do is make sure nothing can fall on top of the batterys and short across the terminals. That can be a real problem with console mounting, because they are usually monted at deck level and often there is a shelf or something similar above them where folks store all manner of stuff. Be careful. Oh, if you use a battery box, do yourself a favor and drill a couple of holes in its bottom for drainage.

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Thom is absolutely right, see...

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I've considered moving my batteries out of the engine compartment into the pilothouse. Will the shift in weight be noticeable? I am also under the impression that the battery cables should be as short as possible. Is it that important?
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Old 02-02-2003, 10:00 AM
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Well,

I certainly have no idea how large your boat is, what size and how heavy your batterys are, or much of anything else that would give me a very good way to answer you. So, has that ever made any difference to me?

I'd guess that any boat that has a pilothouse could easily handle the shift of 150 pounds or so of weight. Its likely that you could move the batterys without much problem with cable length, though you might have to move up in cable size. Once they are running it more likely that you will actually have shorter wireing runs to the real electrical use on your boat.

And a word on that. I see very few boats on which the owner's really neglect their engines. I know that sounds wrong, but most folks won't stand for an engine that doesnt' start easily - sort of the McDonald's mentality we've developed in a way. We got used to instant and by god its instant we want. So, if your engine starts reasonably well it sort of knocks holes in the notion that the real big job a battery does is start the engine(s). In fact the battery is dealing with the engine(s) for just a few seconds per trip, and the power that is removed starting the engine(s) is replaced within minutes at the most. No, the real deal for batterys is not the engine starting, its the constant use of everything else. You're out there on the boat with a VHF or two running, the depth finder pinging away, a chartplotter doing its thing, maybe Hendrix on the CD, the cell phone plugged in, someone blowing off the slime with the wash down pump, and a baitwell circulating to its heart's content and you're worred about the power draw of starting the engine? Sorry for ranting .....

Sure, move them, mount them as low as possible but where they won't be flooded in case you begin to take on water. Make sure the space is ventilated and make sure your cables are of sufficient size to handel the loads. Box 'em up and tie 'em down. Go catch big fish!

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the batteries on my boat are located under a hatch in the deck near the bilge
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Old 02-03-2003, 07:51 PM
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Thanls all. I have the option of having batteries mounted in the console or in boxes near the stern on a boat I am ordering...I was concerned about gas and venting. I may get AGM batteries which do not release gas anyway. I think I'll go with the console. Thanks!
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I have an 1970 Aquasport and the batterys and the fuel cell was side by side... after bebuilding the boat... I went back the same OEM way.. But, I put up a wall between the batterys and the fuel cell... and added vents
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Thom, why do you recommend drain holes in the battery box? I had a battery leak once and it permanently discolored the floor of my boat all the way to the scuppers. I then put in new battery boxes with no drains.
Is it a safety concern?
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