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Securing Batteries in Engine Room
First of all, thanks for all the advice on my previous battery replacement question. Now, on to the next challenge.
Currently the boat has a small battery compartment set up for three group 27's/24's which sits in the main cabin, sharing a bulkhead with the engineroom. I'm looking to utilize 6 6volt batteries, which presents a problem. I can fit three in the current compartment and the other three along the shared bulkhead in the engineroom. However, I'm concerned that the temperature differential will be problematic for charging. Given that, and since I have room now that I've drasitcally reduced the footprint of my generator, I'm thinking about putting all 6 in the engineroom. I know this isn't ideal, but I really don't have any other place to put them without running some seriously heavy gauge wire. Even then, I won't be able to put them all together.
What is the standard, if any, for securing/enclosing house batteries? I'm thinking of making a mounting plate to hold all six with 3/4in starboard. From there, I'll fashion a hold down strap/plate to secure them. I assume that the terminal connections will need to be covered, but otherwise do they need to be fully enclosed? Thanks in advance.
1980 Gulfstar 44' Aux Sloop
Key West, FL
Last edited by Tethys26; 03-01-2009 at 01:59 PM.