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Well I think it is time I replace my House Battery. I have a Class 27 Deep cycle, and it will onlylast about 4-6 hrs with very little load. I don't think it is that old. I have had the boat less than 1 year, and do not know when the batteries were replaced last. Anyone have any recommendations on replacements?
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It would help if you said what the rest of the electrical setup on your boat was. If you have a starting bank, what kind of battery is it? Also, what is the charging setup on your boat?

If the starting bank and the house bank are different chemistries, then you may have some problems with charging the batteries properly.

If your starting bank is a wet-cell, and you have a very simple charging system, then you're probably best off with another wet-cell battery for your house bank.
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I have recently gone to AGM style batts. This was on the advise of local boat electricans. They have been about for some time now and have pretty much proven themselves. I am always leary of the latest miracle glop.

Listen to the sailing dog as your charging systems have to be up to the task! Try to aviod standard gels as they are delicate to charge without goofing them up. Go high maintenence flooded or low maintenence AGM and pay attention to a good appropriate charging system.

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Thanks to everyone. I have a new 2 bank charger, bought from WM, it charges two batteries at 5 amps. The starting battery is West Marine Combo Deep cylcle/Starting,the house is a west marine deep cycle. They are both the wet, flooded I think.
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