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Old 03-16-2010, 09:14 PM   #11
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fisheye48 (3/16/2010)If you have the funds for a 101 get it! and make sure you have a onboard charger so when you get home you can just plug it in to a ext. cord and charge all 3 at not skimp on batteries...spend the money now instead of twice later on and get good batteries

good batteries? You talking Optima Blue Top for $175 each, or is there some cheaper and just as good for the application? If not that's almost $600 just for batteries. How long should I expect them to last? Yeah, I know it's only money. :hoppingmad

go buy the cheap ones and run them 3-6 times a week for hours at a time and numerous charges and get back to me on how long they last....i didnt have optima batteries in my old boat i had odyssey batteries and they lasted 5 years before they started not holding a charge for as long as they use to...i would have gotten new ones if i hadnt sold the boat
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:21 PM   #12
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I have used everstart from Walmart and feel like I got my monoy's worth. I think a good onboard charger has a lot to do with battery life.
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I've used Interstate for quite a while with no complaints!!
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">A lot depends on the size of the boat. I have an 18? bass boat and I have an 82lb thrust 24 volt trolling motor and it works great. I have 1 battery to start the motor and run the accessories and 2 separate batteries for the trolling motor with an onboard 24 volt charger system. Kenny at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1lace w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Emerald</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Coast</st1:PlaceType></st1lace> also installed a battery switch for me when he installed my power pole and now I put the switch on 1 and it uses the single battery to start the boat then I change the switch to ALL and the motor charges the single starting battery and one of the trolling motor batteries while I?m running.

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