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Lots of people keep there boats plugged in all the time.

I keep batteries topped up with a solar panel.

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yes.

I know the issues. I am just concerned if I had a need for the bilge pumps to run continuously they would draw the batteries Dow.
Yes, I've worried about that as well. It would be nice if you could find a portable auto pump that ran directly on 120v that you could place in the boat for lay up. Then you could just top off the batteries when you visit and be confident if you needed prolonged pumping.

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We are at Anchorage Marina in Baltimore. We do pretty much what chef2sail said, antifreeze through the engine, empty water lines. I just changed the oil so won't be doing that again for a bit. Impeller gets changed in the spring. I've always left the batteries charging, charger connected to shore power. Mainsail suggests completely disconnecting them. May try that this year. Forward and aft lines, forward and aft spring lines, on both sides of boat. I try to check every three weeks.

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About batteries, they really don’t like to spend the winter in the cold without some charging going on. If you take them off charge, you should pull them and store them in a space where it stays above freezing. Also you’ll want to give them a trickle charge every few months. Depending on the size of the batteries (mine are 100 lbs each), keeping a charger going may be worth it.
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About batteries, they really don’t like to spend the winter in the cold without some charging going on. If you take them off charge, you should pull them and store them in a space where it stays above freezing. Also you’ll want to give them a trickle charge every few months. Depending on the size of the batteries (mine are 100 lbs each), keeping a charger going may be worth it.
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Also AGM are way different than simple lead acid,. They don’t discharge as quickly. When I had lead acid many dons ago, I would take them home every winter and store on 4X6 no touching the concrete.


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The storing of batteries on concrete came up just the other day. A man said that it was a myth. After reading the above post I did a quick search. Several responses backed up the claim that this does not affect modern batteries. One caution that was pointed out is that battery acid can damage concrete.
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About batteries, they really don’t like to spend the winter in the cold without some charging going on. If you take them off charge, you should pull them and store them in a space where it stays above freezing. Also you’ll want to give them a trickle charge every few months. Depending on the size of the batteries (mine are 100 lbs each), keeping a charger going may be worth it.
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Check @Maine Sail ’s website. He presents some pretty strong evidence to the contrary.

Batteries left in a discharged state will be damaged by freezing, and may burst and leak. Batteries left fully charged and disconnected will generally be fine in sub-freezing temperatures. In fact, the colder the better, as it slows the self-discharge.

On the hard I charge up and fully disconnect the negative terminals to eliminate all parasitic loads, which can come from battery monitors, charge controllers, and stereo preset backup. I stick a handheld multimeter on them a few times during the winter, and they’re always 12.9v.
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Was that your story about setting out from Rock Creek? I used to be on Rock Creek and recognized the picture and locale.
I now see that we were talking about different stories. I was asking about the one in the Sept-Oct issue with the three friends sailing out of Rock Creek. I got the current issue yesterday and saw your story as well.
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Tomorrow calling it a wrap on our 2019 sailing season. Freeze warnings at home tonight and my impending knee replacement in a week make it the prudent thing to do.

2019 saw Haleakula log 3,112 miles under her keel.
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23 days in the LI Sound including Mystic , Newport, Block , Olde Saybrooke, Port Jefferson, Northport, Port Washington, Atlantic Highlands, Barnegat, Cape May, Reedy Island.

- 12 Day Chessie trip in the fall including Dunn Cove, San Domingo , Town Creek, Leeds Creek, La Trappe Creek, Solomon’s, Deale, CorsicA, , Chestertown , and Rock Hall

Visited Rhode, west, Boby Owl, Cacaway a few times, Eagles nest, Hopkins Creek, Clements Creek, Mill Creek
Little Choptank, Wye a number of times, St Micheals

Not too bad for a weekend / coastal sailor....probably as many miles as some of our cruising buddies.

We had a great season. Only real calamity was an alternator belt breaking headed out of Barnegat Inlet. Great Weather almost all year.

No major projects this winter except restraining hatch boards, reinforcing sail cover, replacing wash down pump.
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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Speedy recovery on the knee surgery... It may be in my future too.
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