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Re: Concerns over unused boat: Stale batteries, what else?
I'll add to the chorus, 18 months is not terrible. However, try to listen to her story. Was she properly stored and cared for? Batteries disconnected? It may tell you how she was treated during her sailing days. You want a boat that has a good story.
AGMs self-discharge very slowly, but they're also not designed to sit for that long with no charge. A few percentage points per month, iirc. They wouldn't be destroyed, unless they were left connected and a parasitic load took them down below 50%. If they work, I would just run them, until they didn't perform to my expectations. However, you can only expect a couple more years, at most, if not charged regularly.
As for other wear items, I would just plan to replace absolutely everything anyway. Hoses, belts, filters, impellers, etc, etc. This way you know how old your wearables are.
Congrats on the new boat!
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