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Old 07-25-2004, 09:59 PM
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Has anyone tried one of these?

Cabelas catolog $49.99

My skiff only has one battery and I worry about running electronics all day and not having a second battery to crank up and get home. Not room in the skiff for a second battery because of the washdown pump.

Can this Starter-up unit be laid on it's back? That is the way I would have to store it.

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Old 07-25-2004, 10:52 PM
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link: Cabela's Universal Battery Marine Starter-Up

Hello Scott- I've actually considered the same purchase. I'm also curious if anyone's used this (or similar) product on boats. A friend recommended a similar product that he's used successfully on auto's.

Also, is there anything special that has to be done to "jump" a dual-battery setup on a boat...?

(Scott- We still need to plan a fishing trip, or two, together. )
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Old 07-26-2004, 07:42 AM
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Drifter,

Thanks for the picture. I think Bailey Boat has something similiar. Maybe he will chime in on this.

Yes, I need to check out that Contender. I'll be in the Pamlico the next few weekends. Had two Tarpon on Saturday, and landed a 18 lb Drum.

What have you been catching?

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Old 07-26-2004, 08:07 AM
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I used one for 3 years, good back insurance and had to use it twice, once for my boat and once for another boater. I did not have a watertight compartment to store it and it quit working after 3 seasons. I will pick up another and it is good peace of mind. It does hold a charge pretty well, I recharged it every month to keep it "fresh". I got a yellow one from West Marine, I don't remember the manufacturer.
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Old 07-26-2004, 10:11 AM
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I've had one onboard for four or five years and had to use it numerous times to assist other boaters. They are great insurance, the new ones are cheap and take much less space, and they last for years with care.
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Old 07-26-2004, 11:45 AM
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sscottp - 7/26/2004 8:42 AM

Drifter,

What have you been catching?
dolphin
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Old 08-02-2004, 10:19 AM
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I just recieved my starter-up.

It is a solid feeling package, by that I mean the outer shell looks very durable.
It can be stored in any position.

Hopefully I will not be able to test it's effectiveness on my boat.

Just a little insurance.

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Old 08-03-2004, 12:43 PM
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Just saw this thread. Scott, you will find that starter-up is very handy on more than just the boat (Riding lawn mower, farm tractor, portable 12V supply for spot light/radio/etc.)

I have one of the non-marine units (el cheapo from Sams Club) and it is very handy primarily for assiting others - much better that trying to pass jumper cables over unless the dead engine is a 454 V8.

They usually contain a sealed lead acid battery so storing on its side shouldn't be a problem. If space permits it might not hurt to put a piece of foam rubber under it just in case....

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Old 08-05-2004, 01:18 PM
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I have 3 in my boat. I use them for my electric reels and running accessories when I swordfish at night and keep one for jumping. Also have one in each car. Damn they are great!
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