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Tricks to safely lift new batteries up to boat deck

Old 04-30-2019, 03:57 PM
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50+ lbs, so theoretically within my strength to get them up the 5.5' to the stern.

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I just replaced three group 31 at 80lbs each. Next time I will pay someone to do it. Since you have a trailerable boat, why not take it to your local battery dealer and ask them to do it? Might cost a few bucks more than Wal-Mart, but if you hurt your back, you will have two new batteries sitting in a boat you cannot use.
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lift them out one at a time,, replace them with lithium, they would weigh less than 20 lbs
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Use a ladder and a weight belt. Stretch first. Slow and steady wins the race.
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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
Use a ladder and a weight belt. Stretch first. Slow and steady wins the race.
Scuba weight belt? Trying to visualize how that would work.
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Meant more a weightlifting belt but if scuba does the trick whatever works
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Try replacing 8D’s.
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
Meant more a weightlifting belt but if scuba does the trick whatever works
Ah, back support, was thinking some sort of harness on the battery.

Fell off a ladder couple months ago and broke a heel, so I am leery of screwing the pooch with heavy batteries.

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I have a pair of 8D's that have individual hatches where they sit, and they need to tilt end to end a little to get them in and out. I use a good piece of braided nylon rope between the existing handles on the battery, and a good cable come-along attached to the roof canopy to get them up on the deck. Then a plank and the come-along to slide them up onto the pier.
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:01 PM
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Google battery carrier strap. Choose your poison from there.
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Pay someone else to do it.
My back hurts just thinking about it.
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:07 PM
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On my trailer, the gunwale is about 5' up and lift mine one at a time in front of my chest, kind of a swing it and lift it move. On the way down one in each hand and swing them down kind of like a kettle bell. Easier to carry two since the load is balanced. Group 24s
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Last time I was at my dealer they had someone changing their batteries. They had a little bucket on their fork lift that worked magic. You had to buy their batteries but they said they price matched any store with a physical location. Call around
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Originally Posted by Lookinup76 View Post
Pay someone else to do it.
My back hurts just thinking about it.
any high school kids around? A 6 pack of natty will get this done cheap.
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Sounds like a good time to sell the boat and upgrade.
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My boat has 8d’s . No way in hell can I pick them up. I asked a friend to help. He’s smaller then me. No only did he pick them up, but walked them on the boat, down the stairs and slid them into the compartment. X2. He likes beer
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Sounds like you are trying to get new batteries from ground up to and over the gunwale. My boat is blocked up a lot higher but I have no problem at all lifting each of the 3 grp. 31 AGMs up from inside the cockpit using a rope that is thick enough to provide good grip ) or you could put a series of right hand knots in for better grip. This assumes the batteries have strong built-in folding plastic handles like mine. If they don't you can always hog tie them & include a "handle". A battery srtap carrier on te posts would work as long as there are given no slack to release.

If the 50+ lbs taxes your lifting strength, just attach the one end of the rope to a cleat onboard, run the line under the handle and lift that free rope end . That will nearly halve the lifting force required ( still some friction as the rope moves on the handle unless you use a pulley there.)

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What a bunch of Marys!
Y'all need to get into shape.............Not the round shape!




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What a bunch of Marys!
Y'all need to get into shape.............Not the round shape!




More Money than Strength LOL

That pulled back muscle that used to take a day to feel better now takes 2 months...
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Originally Posted by TTaxi View Post
Sounds like you are trying to get new batteries from ground up to and over the gunwale.
That is the situation. Twin outboards with no gunwale at the stern, just a passage between engines.

I did rig up a rope with knots and a large suicide clip to pull them up. Should be able to keep my balance pulling it up if I end up doing it that way. Would have to stand on the back deck with nothing to brace against as I pulled up, do not want to do a swan dive.

Wanted to be prepared with a few methods before making the trek to the boat.
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