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Good place for a battery (or two)

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farmer boy says:

Hi all, I was just about to try and install a battery box under the seat in the cockpit and realised that it is a very odd shape and the battery, I presume, needs to be level (ish) . Do I need to build a false and "level" shelf to sit it on - or is there a better place? Nothing is simple eh..... where were they situated when new?
Thanks in advance....

John

ps nearly done!

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Originally posted at 2:39PM, 11 May 2011 PDT (permalink)
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

In Archimedes I have one battery under the port quarter berth just under the main bulkhead. I built a support for the battery box, which had to be cut down to fit. The only 80amp hour battery I could find with the right height is one from a VW Campervan. The second battery is located in the cupboard under the sink located on the port side. Again I built a support for the battery box with built in securing straps. The batteries are convenient for charging and starting the main in board engine (Vire 7)
In Klipspringer both batteries are located in boxes in the port cockpit locker. This puts them near to the outboard (in well) for charging and starting. I have also wired the tiller pilot through a switch located in the same locker as the batteries,directly to the batteries. This keeps the voltage drop to the unit to a minimum. I have also wired a solar panle to the battery selector switch so that it can be connected to eother (or both) batteries. I have an additional cut off switch so that I can isolate the boat electircs from the batteries while still using the solar panel.
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blueachilles says:

Blue has a battery in each cockpit locker, housed in a wooden box that is bolted to the cockpit wall, and the opposite corner of the box rests on the hull.

I tried to get one out over the winter to modify it a little, and couldn't get it out of the locker, I think the boat must have been built round it. Had the same problem with the cabin headlining. I think Chris Butler built these boats from the inside out.
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rothwell_neil says:

John, the battery box sits quite level if you push it up against the bulkhead and the side of the cockpit. Squirt of sikaflex keeps it there but a simple block at the bulkhead to cockpit wall would help level it. Mine doesn't have anything and is happy (ask it repeatedly and so far it hasn't complained.

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RRatCalypso says:

On my Achilles, (I believe it to be factory finished!) There is a battery 'shelf' in the stbd cockpit locker, and gas bottle shelf in the port side. There is a dividing 'bulkhead/wall' to the rear of the cockpit locker. When opened, the battery will easily be removed thru this.
Hope this helps
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Super Snoopy 050 says:

Just uploaded two snaps of the original (factory) and final configuration on Snoopy
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G4NLA1 says:

Little Plums batteries are both mounted in the starboard cockpit locker. The battery mountings look as though they were fitted when she was built... but this is only a hunch.

I charge mine from a) The outboard, and b) a battery conditioner... I don't think I would be too comfortable with having batteries in the saloon. However, I am such a scardy wimp I removed the LPG system !!
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farmer boy says:

Thanks guys... I have put a shelf in the cockpit locker and the battery box is strapped to it... awkward to make because nothing is square!
100 months ago (permalink)

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