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Old 05-05-2020, 02:58 PM
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Just picked up my new (to me) 2011 Contender 32ST from Lake Erie and brought it up to Lake St. Clair over the weekend and was really impressed with how the boat handled the 3' to 5' waves.

I'm looking to get some input from those that currently own or have experience with the boat that have some tips and tricks for running it. One question in particular I have is what's the best position to set the three batteries to? I was told to turn them to 1, 2, 1+2, but unsure if that's the best position for them.

Appreciate any and all advice on running the boat!!

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If the battery system hasn’t been modified from the factory then they should all be set to “1”
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What would constitute as being modified? And what's the rationale to set them all to 1?
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Originally Posted by captkservices View Post
If the battery system hasn’t been modified from the factory then they should all be set to “1”
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If it's still factory wired you should run all three switches in the # 1 position. Contender wires their switches so that if you ever have a problem with one battery you can completely remove it from the system just by using your switches and still connect your engines to the remaining batteries.
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How fast could you go in the 3-5’s?
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How fast could you go in the 3-5’s?
In the 3 footers we were cruising along mostly at 40mph (but could have cruised at 45mph if we were in a time crunch) burning 1.7mpg, and in the 4 and 5 footers we pulled back to 30-35 mph burning about 1.9/2.0 mpg.
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The 32st is on of the best 32’ center consoles. For a double stepped hull it will stay on plane at 22-24 mph. My old 32 yellowfin would come off plane around 30mph. When you have a real 4-5 on the nose you will really appreciate that.
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No idea why, but Contender recommended to me to run them all on 1+2. I’ve never done it that way. Just passing along what they told me.
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When I ran my 30T with all switches on 1 My gps would be turning off by the end of the day. I started running all switches on 1+2 and they all seemed to charge. FWIW
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Congrats, been fishing on a 32st and was extremely impressed with the ride. Pretty cool to see theyre used on the great lakes. I was just telling a buddy of mine yesterday how good walleyes are to eat. Good luck with your new boat!
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Originally Posted by fishcop View Post
Congrats, been fishing on a 32st and was extremely impressed with the ride. Pretty cool to see theyre used on the great lakes. I was just telling a buddy of mine yesterday how good walleyes are to eat. Good luck with your new boat!
The 32st has always been one of the prettiest Contenders to me. Perfect proportions

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