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Positive terminals need a non-conductive cover on them. Plastic doo-dads you can get anywhere - even the autoparts store.

You can make your tiedowns out of pretty much anything non-conductive. Nylon straps work well and last a while. Strips of plywood (marine grade) work just okay. I have personally used bungee cords (the all rubber style) on my 14' BeeBoat. Just remember, a boat rolls. When it rolls, all that weight is thrown against the tiedown. The strap may last but the anchor point can pull. I have snapped the plastic anchor points on my family's 14' Rossiter. in 2' waves at 20 knots.

Remember to keep the batteries in a tray with minimum 1" sidewalls.
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