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Old 05-05-2010, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default Time for Replacement Batteries

I have a GW Marlin 30 w/ twin 225hp Yamaha's. Navnet Radar/GPS and Furuno 585 Fishfinder, also a VHF and Furuno rd30.

The boat currently has 4 DEKA 24m7 Marine Master Batteries. They are original (2004) and haven't once given me a problem, however with over 700 hrs., I think I'd better replace them rather than have problems offshore.

I've been considering the "Gel" Batteries as replacements...

Thoughts and suggestions are much appreciated.

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JT
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Don't get gels. AGM's are a better choice. Could even get 2 wet cells for cranking and 2 AGM's for house. I assume that's how they're set up.
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Six years and 700 hours on what you currently have seems like a pretty damn good service record. If what you have installed are still available I would go with what is known to work. That is, just get more of the same make, type and size.

If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.

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I agree with Jethro, but if you have to swap brands definately get the AGM's, stay away from Gels. Sears actually sells one of the best marine AGM's IMO.
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West Marine sells those same batteries, manufactured by Deka. (WM puts their name on them). I bought a pair 2 weeks ago for $71 each. I'd go with them again.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:24 PM   #6
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Don't get gels. They require special charging. Get AGMs. Optima, Sears Die Hard, Cabelas all seem good based on reviews on THT. I've always used Optima with good results.
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