Simple battery charging solution
I took out my manual bilge pump and replaced it with an electric. There wasn't room to run both hoses, so the manual is completely gone. I'd like to leave my batteries in all winter so that I can run the pump every couple of weeks.
Would a couple of trickle chargers from Sears or wherever be a safe enough solution? I'm thinking of just leaving the batteries in place, though disconnected from the boat's wiring except for hooking one up for a few minutes to run the bilge pump. My concern is fire, obviously, though I've never had a second's trouble with trickle chargers in my entire life.
A good, heavy gauge extension cord per charger -- not shore power, but just a cord -- should handle the load with no problems, and any hydrogen gas is going to rise up and leak out my overhead hatch (NOT a hermetic seal by any means).
Does this sound doable and safe? All suggestions welcome, and thanks.
S/V Free Spirit
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