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Old 01-24-2007, 09:05 PM
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I have two E 120 and 4kw radardome running on my boat along with a VHF radio. I like to anchor and bottom fish and like to leave the electronics running when anchored.
I have a house battery and one battery for each of three engines.
Any idea or comment on how long to leave them running while anchored and engines not running? Do most leave their electronics running while anchored and bottom fishing?

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We never have anything running, accept the FF.
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FF, stereo and baitwell - one engine running thru combiners charges all 4 batts.....
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You just let one engine run while anchored up to charge reguardless of how long you are anchored?

I know they are not made of "paper mache" but is that of any harm to the engine?

You are adding hours while running?

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definitely don't leave the radar on - unless you need it for watch in times of bad visibility. Even the domes are rotaing inside and drawing a lot of juice. switch it to standby.
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I run 2 BF225 Hondas and if I'm running my electronics AND my livewell pumps I usually keep one engine running.......I have had that sick feeling when the alarm comes on as you turn the key and never want it again......But then again my builder Bill is just refitting the boat with Two acid gel house batteries with isolators so I may be in better shape this year..!!

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beachnut53 - 1/24/2007 10:36 PM

You just let one engine run while anchored up to charge reguardless of how long you are anchored?

I know they are not made of "paper mache" but is that of any harm to the engine?

You are adding hours while running?

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no harm at all to idle them for 15 min on every hour of drift....
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My theory is that Honda build 4 stroke generators and I happen to have a pair of 60 Amp 225 Hp generators on board so why not use 'em!
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Boy, it is great to have a generator on board that you can fire up while anchored for ever how long.
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I have twin Yamahas with 3 batteries set up at the factory with 2 batteries on the starboard engine and one on the port. I run my battery switches on 1 and 2, not BOTH. My GPS and VHF both have low battery alarms so if I am fishing at night and leave running, spreader and cabin lights on too long I will hear one of them begin to chirp. Should one of the batteries get too low to start an engine it is easy to flip the battery switchs to BOTH and overcome the problem. I learned this the when I forgot to turn off the fridge while we were away for two weeks.
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Default RE: Electronics running while anchored

Same sort of setup expect that I have one E120 and one E180, one house battery, and two starting batteries.

I had individual power on/off switches installed for my radar array and DSM300. These are separate physical switches on the console.

If I am anchored, I usually turn off the E80 and use the physical switches to completely power off the radar array and DSM300.

I figure if I am anchored and the fish show up underneath the boat, I will know it. Also, it is nice to be able to turn off the DSM300 so we don’t have to listen to the transducer click away.

With the E120 running I can keep watch to make sure the anchor is not dragging and I can keep the Sirius weather current. At night or in fog I leave the radar array powered on but set it to timed transmit mode so it scans for approaching vessels every 10 minutes or so.

I carry a Honda EU1000i generator to run when we are going to anchor or drift over night for long periods to keep the house battery charged up.
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As long as at least one battery is isolated, you can leave everything on if you want.As far as radar is concerned some of the units have a watchman feature which will save alot of battery juice.

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Glen E - 1/24/2007 9:23 PM

FF, stereo and baitwell - one engine running thru combiners charges all 4 batts.....
How do you install something like that?

Steve
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captcutbait - 2/3/2007 10:57 PM

Glen E - 1/24/2007 9:23 PM

FF, stereo and baitwell - one engine running thru combiners charges all 4 batts.....
How do you install something like that?

Steve
lots written do a search for ACR

install a battery combiner which allows charging of both banks with just one engine http://www.bluesea.com/product.asp?Product_id=53476
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Glen E - 2/3/2007 10:01 PM

captcutbait - 2/3/2007 10:57 PM

Glen E - 1/24/2007 9:23 PM

FF, stereo and baitwell - one engine running thru combiners charges all 4 batts.....
How do you install something like that?

Steve
lots written do a search for ACR

install a battery combiner which allows charging of both banks with just one engine http://www.bluesea.com/product.asp?Product_id=53476
Thanks

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