Electrical work scares me. Instant unknown death. When I bought this ship it had 3 deep cycle marine batteries, similar to the battery in your car. 2 to power the cabin and 1 to start the outboard motor.
*sidenote: i’m sick of capitalizing words, please deal with my grammar.
these 3 batteries were shot. they were acid batteries that needed to be refilled with distilled water, couldnt hold a charge, and who knows how old they were. (slight research showed 6+ years for the starter battery and 4+ years for the cabin batteries) they needed to go in the trash.
i love craigslist. i find steals all the time. i found a man in northern san diego selling a porta bote (whole other amazing story) but he also sold me 2 massive AGM batteries. They are made by NorthStar (NSB-M12-210FT) These go for well over $600 each brand new and last almost 20 years. they have a fiberglass core that wont crack or spill, and doesnt need distilled water added. pretty much the battery of the future. i stole these for $150 each and they are only 4 years old. He threw in a solar panel charge controller and 12ft of thick gauge wire too!
2/20/12 – 2/22/12
so the project consists of ripping out the old batteries, rebuilding the rotten battery box compartment to fit these big boys, and ending with a crash course in electrical.