[Public-List] Batteries

Jeffrey alberg30nh at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 06:52:35 PDT 2009

I just went through this, and like John concluded that 6v golf cart
batteries wired in series was easily the most cost effective setup. I've got
two 6v under the cabin sole for the house, and some such marine whatever
battery in the stb. lazarette for starting.  Trojans are kind of expensive
now compared with other brands. I can't remember the details exactly, but
this fall I bought two Sears 6v golf cart batteries for $99 each. The Sears
batteries are actually made by US battery, a good brand.


On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 9:33 AM, Roger L. Kingsland <r.kingsland at ksba.com>wrote:

> Hi All,
> I am in the market for new batteries and could sure use some advice.  Deep
> cell, wet cell, sealed cell, gel cell, jail cell, absorbed glass matt -
> what
> the heck.
> I have a Universal 18 diesel (I will check alternator size) and a new
> battery charger (I will check on maker & model), a really neat electrical
> panel with built in volt meter and a big red switch labeled 1, 2, all &
> off.
> I also have a refrigerator (Norcold?) and plan on having standard stuff
> like
> VHF, stereo, GPS, instruments, air conditioning and table saw (just kidding
> on the last 2).  I suppose I will also need running lights and an auto
> pilot.  Sounds like a set up for costal cruising?  I also thought it would
> be cool to run a small microwave from an inverter but could run that on
> shore power if it's too much.
> I like the idea of zero maintenance (gel or glass?) and wonder if I need a
> separate starting battery and house battery or if 2 houses will do (with 2
> cats in the yards).  Any suggestions or feedback would be greatly
> appreciated.  Are there any "Sailboat Electronics for Dummies" books I
> should read.
> Thanks so much,
> Roger 148
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