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mount battery in bilge floor?

When i got my boat the battery and fuel tank is in the bilge under the cockpit floor. They battery tends to slide around down there in its plastic battery box. Would 5200 or epoxy be enough to glue the bottom half of battery box still or would it not hold the heavy battery in a damp area?
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Re: mount battery in bilge floor?

More info please. What type/size of boat. What type of batter, gel, AGM, wet?

But up front, the battery should NOT be loose and slip around! That is very dangerous.

If it were me, I would not try to glue the box down. It needs some sort of structural hold down.

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Re: mount battery in bilge floor?

Greg is right.. structural location, and protection against falling out of that 'box' in the event of a knockdown. (Tie down/top strap etc)

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Re: mount battery in bilge floor?

Marine battery. Siren 17'. Battery box secures battery with a lid. Just curious if epoxy would hold it since there is nothing to screw it into. My original idea was to fiberglass a pice of 3/4" marine wood onto bilge floor and screw box onto it. boats are often built with epoxy and 5200 replacing screws so thought it may work for a battery hold.
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Re: mount battery in bilge floor?

The smooth plastic of a battery box is not a good candidate for any kind of adhesive.. I'd be much more comfortable with building an appropriate box and gluing IT down with 5200 (with the hull surface properly prepped, of course).. then securing the battery in that.
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Re: mount battery in bilge floor?

From my point of view.......

Short answer, epoxy or 5200 will NOT stick well to a proper battery box. Go with the marine wood and screw to it. Just don't screw down into the wood. Seen many people hole a boat drilling/screwing down into something....

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Re: mount battery in bilge floor?

This was my suspicion as well. Thanks for all the input.
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Re: mount battery in bilge floor?

How about glassing in a wooden frame around battery box with eye bolts built in. That way you get horizontal motion secured and lashing down for extreme boating fun.
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Re: mount battery in bilge floor?

I wouldn't recommend it as good practice, but if I was going to "glue" a plastic box down I'd be using 3M VHB tape. It's incredibly strong, easy to use and you know it can be sliced away with a putty knife.
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Re: mount battery in bilge floor?

Glue a piece of marine plywood, coated with penetrating epoxy, to the bottom of the bilge. Paint it, if you like and if the bilge is painted. Then attach a real strapping system or hold down to it.
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