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Old 10-28-2017, 05:23 AM
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Default Storing Boat with Battery in over the winter

I have a situation with my 19foot fishing boat with a 150 Optimax.

I have a guy who comes to my house to shrink wrap it in the driveway, I then need to move it into my side-yard but in order to do that the engine needs to be up (have to go down a curb at an angle). Obviously I have to store the engine Down so any water stays out.

My idea is to remove my good cranking battery and install an old worn out deep cycle I have for the sole reason of lowering the motor after the boat is in place (with the engine mounted switch). I will no be able to get to the battery once the boat is wrapped.

Is there any harm in leaving the battery in the boat for 6 months? I know it will be dead and likely finished/trash by spring but that's ok with me as it doesn't have much life left.

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Batteries stay in my boats year-round, including 6 months of winter storage. If they are fully charged when you put the boat away, they should be fine in the spring unless some electrical accessory is accidentally left on or breaks over the winter. I put a charger on my boat batteries 3-4 times over the winter, but they never need much recharging.

Isn't your outboard going to be under the shrink-wrap? You probably won't be able to tilt it if it is. If you can remove the outboard cowl, you could attach a battery charger to the battery leads at the starter solenoid and periodically recharge that way. You could also put a small battery charger inside the boat, hook it up to the battery and leave the power cord where it won't be covered by the shrink wrap, so you could plug in a few times over winter. You could pull the battery out of the boat, remove the motor cowl and use jumper cables to attach the battery to the battery wires on the starter solenoid long enough to run your trim/tilt.

Alternative, you could have the outboard tilted up and leave it that way. Use a big bucket and a bungee cord to cover the prop area to keep water out over winter.

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Can't he wrap it in the side yard?
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I keep my batteries on the boat and maintained on a smart/trickle charger over the winter. Works perfectly fine.
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Get a solar battery tender. Long cable. Let the cable run out of the shrink wrap. Plug in solar tender after you get your boat moved.
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Originally Posted by DennisMtl View Post
for the sole reason of lowering the motor after the boat is in place
you can simply do that - once - using the manual release screw.
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Unfortunately wrapping the boat after it's next to the house is almost impossible. And there will be no way to remove the cowl and charge that way - good suggestions though.

As for a battery tender - I would have to run a long extension cord. We get many feet of snow here that stays and it get's cold - access to the boat by Feb is usually impossible...

Also, as I mentioned the battery is finished but has enough juice to move the trim pump...I was more concerned about the engine being energized with a batter that is slowly draining in the cold.

I appreciate all your replies! Thank you.

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You don't mention WHAT CLIMATE you are in. For the battery, the problems in MN are much different than in FL.

You do know that there is a "motor lowering" screw release on your motor's trim unit that works by gravity.....NO electrical power needed.

I, for my FL stored boat for 11 months a year, disconnect all leads to the batteries except the onboard chargers, run the cords out under the cover so they are accessible, then starting a month before my arrival have my host plug each set in for 2 weeks.

In a freezing climate then you should be aware that the electrolyte solution in the batteries will not freeze (and ruin the battery) IF the battery is fully charged. The more discharged, then the less "anti-freeze effect. A trickle charger in ANY climate, assuming full charge for the start, will protect the battery.

Once I had the battery question, purely to answer the "can I leave it in the boat" query is settled, then you might look for the trim motor-let-down screw and possibly dig into the wrapping to get to it once the final placement is finished.
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No problem just make sure it’s fully charged. I’d leave a battery tender hooked up and periodically charge it over winter.
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I have my boat shrink wrapped in one driveway, then move it beside my garage, then tow it to Florida for February thru April. Shrink wrap it with the motor tilted and locked for travel and my batteries on board with the on board charger plugged in. I have the shrink wrap extended over the motor entirely so water can't get in lower unit. Remove the shrink wrap in Fla.
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Maybe put a battery tender on it and hang the cord out before wrapping?
Or just stick the old battery in for tilting and bring the good one inside.
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Or you could just pull the batteries out.
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Originally Posted by getthenetmontauk View Post
Or you could just pull the batteries out.
And use the manual release as meantioned.
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Just put a door in the shrink wrap. Then you can do what you want now and in spring before pulling it off.
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On my Steiger which is stored up in Western New York I charge the batteries fully and disconnect them and leave them in the boat all winter long. the dekkas that came with the boat originally lasted eight seasons before I replace them just because. ( they weren't bad) I'm now on my second set of dekkas.
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you can use a set of jumper cables to extend the cables when you remove the battery. Clamp the jumpers to the battery wires and use some electrical tape to wrap the connection so they don't short together. Hang the other end of thejumper cables outside the boat where you can get at them. When you need to raise and lower the engine just clamp the jumpers to the battery which you now have outside the boat.
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Well you seem to have received a good number of replies to your question which certainly do not offer a unanimous opinion. The one point that everyone except yarcraft91 seems to have missed is that your original question seems to pose a scenario where the engine would be tilted down after it is shrink-wrapped. Since the shrink-wrapping will go over the engine cowling and rely on a tight band which will ride under the powerhead I don't think it will be possible to change the tilt on the engine after the shrink is done.
To put it another way I think you asked the wrong question. The real question is how do you get the trailer up over the curb without the lower unit catching the driveway or curb one the way to the side yard. Think about some sort of gradual ramp and perhaps backing the trailer up over the curb. Push come to shove raise the engine, back the transom over the curb, lower the engine, get the shrink wrap applied, back into final position. Just remember to remove the wrap and raise the engine before towing it back onto the driveway in the spring.
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Leave a good battery in and just put it on charger for 1-2 hours per month to keep it fully charged. The cold will not hurt them for the most part unless it gets way way cold, to the point where you would worry about your car battery.
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Originally Posted by BLUESMAN View Post
Just put a door in the shrink wrap. Then you can do what you want now and in spring before pulling it off.


this is not complicated...
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post


this is not complicated...
Ask your installer about a zippered door as Mystery stated. Not sure how they install it but seems to be the best idea. You could get in anytime .

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