Go Back  The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum > BOATING FORUMS > The Boating Forum
Reload this Page >

Tricks to safely lift new batteries up to boat deck

Notices
The Boating Forum

Tricks to safely lift new batteries up to boat deck

Old 04-30-2019, 03:57 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Big Island, Hawaii
Posts: 301
Received 7 Likes on 7 Posts
Default Tricks to safely lift new batteries up to boat deck

50+ lbs, so theoretically within my strength to get them up the 5.5' to the stern.

Last edited by Robert Mc; 04-30-2019 at 04:08 PM.
Old 04-30-2019, 04:02 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 923
Received 990 Likes on 455 Posts
Default

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.
Old 04-30-2019, 04:51 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Eufaula, AL
Posts: 1,586
Received 164 Likes on 106 Posts
Default

lift them out one at a time,, replace them with lithium, they would weigh less than 20 lbs
Old 04-30-2019, 04:54 PM
  #4  
Senior Member Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Boca Raton
Posts: 2,755
Received 1,116 Likes on 622 Posts
Default

Use a ladder and a weight belt. Stretch first. Slow and steady wins the race.
Old 04-30-2019, 05:03 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Big Island, Hawaii
Posts: 301
Received 7 Likes on 7 Posts
Default

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.
Old 04-30-2019, 05:05 PM
  #6  
Senior Member Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Boca Raton
Posts: 2,755
Received 1,116 Likes on 622 Posts
Default

Meant more a weightlifting belt but if scuba does the trick whatever works
Old 04-30-2019, 05:23 PM
  #7  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,326
Received 220 Likes on 135 Posts
Default

Try replacing 8D’s.
Old 04-30-2019, 05:34 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Big Island, Hawaii
Posts: 301
Received 7 Likes on 7 Posts
Default

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.

Last edited by Robert Mc; 04-30-2019 at 05:44 PM.
Old 04-30-2019, 05:57 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Kent Island, MD
Posts: 2,179
Likes: 0
Received 269 Likes on 178 Posts
Default

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.
Old 04-30-2019, 06:01 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 1,074
Received 1,157 Likes on 648 Posts
Default

Google battery carrier strap. Choose your poison from there.
Likes:
Old 04-30-2019, 06:05 PM
  #11  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Ohio
Posts: 3,109
Received 2,792 Likes on 1,170 Posts
Default

Pay someone else to do it.
My back hurts just thinking about it.
Old 04-30-2019, 06:07 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,093
Received 484 Likes on 274 Posts
Default

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
Old 04-30-2019, 06:30 PM
  #13  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Martin County Florida formerly Palm Beach County
Posts: 12,173
Received 2,798 Likes on 1,570 Posts
Default

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
Old 04-30-2019, 06:31 PM
  #14  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Suburb of Sugar Tit SC
Posts: 14,697
Received 9,372 Likes on 5,084 Posts
Default

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.
Old 04-30-2019, 06:40 PM
  #15  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Panama City, FL
Posts: 598
Received 1,216 Likes on 537 Posts
Default

Sounds like a good time to sell the boat and upgrade.
Old 04-30-2019, 07:09 PM
  #16  
Senior Member
 
fireisland1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 6,230
Received 3,541 Likes on 1,539 Posts
Default

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
Old 04-30-2019, 07:47 PM
  #17  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: M.Vineyard, MA
Posts: 16,185
Received 932 Likes on 719 Posts
Default

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.)

Or .....call fireisland's pal and just say "
beer
".
Old 04-30-2019, 08:03 PM
  #18  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Central, FL
Posts: 13,087
Received 3,113 Likes on 1,463 Posts
Default

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




Likes:
Old 04-30-2019, 08:06 PM
  #19  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Ohio
Posts: 3,109
Received 2,792 Likes on 1,170 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
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...
Old 04-30-2019, 08:06 PM
  #20  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Big Island, Hawaii
Posts: 301
Received 7 Likes on 7 Posts
Default

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.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.