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Old 04-17-2019, 04:25 PM
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I bought a new Caribe C12X inflatable RIB. I decided for a few extra hundred bucks and only 9 pounds heavier to get the suzuki 20 hp electric start tiller motor over the manual only start. The electric start model has a manual start puller to. Questions......What have others done for a marine battery for starting a small 20 HP outboard? I know the engine recharges the battery when running but did anyone add a solar charger to there battery??.....I wanna add a auto bilge pump because theres times I wont be at the boat for a few weeks, so thinking I need some sort of solar charger? Any info or pictures of others setups would be much appreciated.

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Old 04-17-2019, 07:34 PM
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pretty cool idea, think ill just go with this solar bilge setup, then I don't gotta be worried about keeping the small outboard battery charged to run a bilge pump to.
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Old 04-18-2019, 05:10 AM
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is the rib a tender?

if so, just get a small portable battery charger, plug-in to your big boat's AC to keep battery charged
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You won't need much and worse case pull start, I have the same motor and its easy to pull start.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by marlinmike View Post
You won't need much and worse case pull start, I have the same motor and its easy to pull start.

Thank you, what do you use for a battery on your engine??....seems like Suzuki says a 35ah battery is enough. Thanks again.

As far as bilge pump, im gonna get that Joule solar rechargeable automatic bilge pump.

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Have used an AGM tractor (U1) battery on motors up to 25 hp on 12.5' Avon RIB. Had bilge pump, depth sounder and chart plotter. Worked fine. The U1 can be obtained with at least 350 CCA--I believe some to over 400 CCA. There are also motor cycle, and ATV batteries, which are great for the 20 hp engines.
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I have the Suzuki DF15A electric start tiller model, same basic platform as the 20-hp outboard. I installed an AGM battery, one of the U1 versions I think, 400 CCA I think (something like that, as close as I could come to the outboard's minimum required cranking amps)... probably Interstate brand. The AGM doesn't self-discharge as much as a normal flooded lead acid battery, and I don't even bother to charge it over the winter.

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Originally Posted by ranger42c View Post
I have the Suzuki DF15A electric start tiller model, same basic platform as the 20-hp outboard. I installed an AGM battery, one of the U1 versions I think, 400 CCA I think (something like that, as close as I could come to the outboard's minimum required cranking amps)... probably Interstate brand. The AGM doesn't self-discharge as much as a normal flooded lead acid battery, and I don't even bother to charge it over the winter.

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Thank you for the info, I appreciate it.
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