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shane33shane33 Posts: 3 Greenhorn
Can anyone tell me why or a reason to move the batteries from the back of the boat to the front ? Bought a 252 Sea Pro Walkaround and a previous owner of the boat transferred the batteries to the floor of the cuddy cabin


  • 10kman10kman Posts: 999 Officer
       you want the batteries as close to the bow of the boat as 
    possible because of the weight of the engine in back to 
    balance the load.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,909 Captain
    Put that hull in the water, step away to the side and take a moment to look at exactly how it's floating in the water .... bow up? bow down? That should tell the tale... 

    Five batteries.... Just exactly what did he have on that rig that required so many batteries?  That would be my very first question.  Remember every boat owner gets to do whatever their heart desires with their rig.  Sometimes you're looking at a great idea - other times.... not so much.  Some years back I expanded my small charter business (I'm a skiff guide working out of a beat up old Maverick skiff, almost 17' long) to include running some of my customers rigs instead of my own.  Mostly it's been a treat since many of them are nearly brand new, bigger and faster than what I run.  Occasionally though I step onto a boat that I would never own -and I'm darned careful while running something that's not rigged right at all (at least in my opinion... ).

    "Aren't boats fun?"

    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • cortrcortr Posts: 538 Officer
    A lot of boats have five batteries.  3 for 36V trolling motor, 1 starter battery  for motor, and one house battery for accessories.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,909 Captain
    If that boat has a 36v troller -that would explain it.. On my smaller skiff with a 24v troller all we need is three batteries total.
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • nowinchattnowinchatt Posts: 147 Deckhand
    Probably had trouble getting on plane.
  • ResinheadResinhead Posts: 10,987 AG
    Wife needed more electricity then 4 D size batteries?
  • GotseaGotsea Posts: 862 Officer
    There is something there that looks like a charger not a fifth battery, but I may be mistaken, it probably  has to do with weight distribution more than anything else, like they said  observed how it seats on the water 
  • shane33shane33 Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Yes one is a charger
  • The Cat's EyeThe Cat's Eye Posts: 1,740 Captain
    edited August 2020 #10

    Times are changing.
    My first offshore boat had no batteries after the starting battery went dead.
    Manual start 75 Rude that started on the first or second pull.

    No depth finder. .Depth finder was a heavy bank sinker on 8 lb test. We counted the seconds it took to reach bottom.

    No radio. Waving white towels was the day signal used back then.
    The dead starting battery had just enough juice to light up the running light bulbs for a short while if we had to return in the dark.

    You could fish all day and maybe see only one private boat offshore on a weekend and one or two charter boats made of wood. The only other boats you saw were commercial lobster boats and they would threaten you with a hunting rifle if you were free diving/spearfishing anywhere near their lobster buoys. 
    I knew young people who trolled for dolphin with ten lb test because they
    could not afford larger outfits.  They caught dolphin to 40 lbs and avoided the hoards 
    of small ones. 

    You seldom saw a private trailered boat larger then 20 feet at the ramp.
    Fiberglass boat was very rare and got a lot of stares at the ramp. Some first glass boats 
    mimicked wood boats with fake lapstrake hull designs. People thought fiberglass boats would shatter like a piece of glass on impact with a floating piece of lumber or tree.

    We carried 3-4 gallons per person for emergency drinking water and just enough ice
    cubes to keep some Coca-Cola bottles cold in a small cooler made of galvanized steel.

  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 3,843 Captain
    My guess:  The previous owner replaced the motors with larger and/or heavier 4stroke outboards.  He moved the batteries to help offset the weight.   

    What year is the Boat and what motors you got?
  • shane33shane33 Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    twin merc. 150 all 2003 2 strokes

  • MelbourneMarkMelbourneMark Posts: 3,843 Captain
    shane33 said:
    twin merc. 150 all 2003 2 strokes

    Well, that rules out the repower to heavier motor idea..     Perhaps he hauled heavy gear.. i.e. scuba tanks and wanted to shift weight forward.  Or, just didnt like the batteries in the back for some other reason. 
  • GotseaGotsea Posts: 862 Officer
    whatever the  reason, I bet it was a matter of balance  
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