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  • Originally posted by sand2snow22 View Post
    You have an off season? That's due to lack of water, right



    No off season I'm a pu$$y about cold water. I getting the spring suit ready for the next warm Saturday OK.

    I believe its 52 water right now, we have had a brutal winter.
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    Originally posted by bturner2
    Myself I'll live on the edge and surf without a helmet.

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    • Originally posted by TX.X-30 fan View Post
      No off season I'm a pu$$y about cold water. I getting the spring suit ready for the next warm Saturday OK.

      I believe its 52 water right now, we have had a brutal winter.
      Brutal. What, you got down to 30, once? We didn't get over 20 degrees for 45 days. We also got over 36" of snow in December alone. Lake Michigan was frozen out to 100 yards from shore.

      Look like someone needs a Snuggie!
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      • Originally posted by TX.X-30 fan View Post
        I believe its 52 water right now, we have had a brutal winter.
        I'd be in a drysuit
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        • Originally posted by JimN View Post
          Brutal. What, you got down to 30, once? We didn't get over 20 degrees for 45 days. We also got over 36" of snow in December alone. Lake Michigan was frozen out to 100 yards from shore.

          Look like someone needs a Snuggie!


          We have been freezing 3 or 4 times I'll have you know.


          I'm not sure I'd ever get laid again if I wore that thing.
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          Myself I'll live on the edge and surf without a helmet.

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          • I'm using the "dumb" relay (Diesel's system). The only battery I currently have is the factory starting battery. I have amps already wired to it (starting battery). Is there any reason that I can't leave the ground cables running from the amps to the factory starting battery? It sure will save a lot of hassle.

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            • It shouldn't matter. IMO.
              Brian

              Former #2: 2000 ProStar 205

              Former #1: 1987 ProStar 190

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              • Originally posted by bxroads View Post
                I'm using the "dumb" relay (Diesel's system). The only battery I currently have is the factory starting battery. I have amps already wired to it (starting battery). Is there any reason that I can't leave the ground cables running from the amps to the factory starting battery? It sure will save a lot of hassle.
                As long as there's no resistance while the audio system is on, it shouldn't be a problem. The resistance doesn't matter as much at rest but when current is flowing, any resistance will cause a voltage drop, which will be made up wherever possible. This opens the door for ground loops and noise, usually pops/clicks when flipping switches and alternator whine.

                The best way is to wire the audio system + and - cables to whatever battery is supplying voltage/current to it and connect that battery to the switch, with a heavy ground cable to a common location for all batteries.

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                • I am also installing the battery relay - a PAC 200- per Diesel's dual battery System thread. I have a couple of ?'s. 1) in Diesel's first diagram he shows no fuses in the connections between the batteries positive post and the relay - page 1 / diagram 1. But in the instructions that came with the relay they show it fused at both connections per the diagram below. Is that being overly cautious? or is that something Diesel forgot and I should do? 2) I was at a MC dealership / parts dept. yesterday looking at batteries and was told that MC is now installing and recommending that only Starting/cranking batteries be used in multi battery systems. I thought that was weird, no deep cycle batteries were even sold there. Isn't that defeating the purpose of the different battery types? Anyone else hear this? Your thoughts on running starting batteries for your stereo systems?
                  Last edited by Patrick Hardy; 04-29-2011, 05:14 PM.
                  1996 Prostar 190 W/ LT-1 & Powerslot

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                  • Originally posted by Patrick Hardy View Post
                    I am also installing the battery relay - a PAC 200- per Diesel's dual battery System thread. I have a couple of ?'s. 1) in Diesel's first diagram he shows no fuses in the connections between the batteries positive post and the relay - page 1 / diagram 1. But in the instructions that came with the relay they show it fused at both connections per the diagram below. Is that being overly cautious? or is that something Diesel forgot and I should do? 2) I was at a MC dealership / parts dept. yesterday looking at batteries and was told that MC is now installing and recommending that only Starting/cranking batteries be used in multi battery systems. I thought that was weird, no deep cycle batteries were even sold there. Isn't that defeating the purpose of the different battery types? Anyone else hear this? Your thoughts on running starting batteries for your stereo systems?
                    Hey- nice Vette!

                    The fuse or breaker should be no more than 12" from the positive battery post. That's according to the MECP training and long experience with seeing burned vehicles. Overly cautious means still alive, in a lot of cases.

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                    • Originally posted by Patrick Hardy View Post
                      I was at a MC dealership / parts dept. yesterday looking at batteries and was told that MC is now installing and recommending that only Starting/cranking batteries be used in multi battery systems. I thought that was weird, no deep cycle batteries were even sold there. Isn't that defeating the purpose of the different battery types? Anyone else hear this? Your thoughts on running starting batteries for your stereo systems?
                      In reality there is probably not much difference in the batteries, but I think if you kill the batteries often, a deep cycle makes more sense, and should be able to withstand the full drain more times than a cranking battery. Whether that is true in 'real life' is a little uncertain to me, but I would do it. I am big on keeping all of the batteries the same...a deep cycle is going to start the boat just fine. Just look at the CCA and such. I would do all deep cycles.

                      Mine has 2 cranking batteries...no problems so far and they are 3 years old, but I know the previous owner did not tax the batteries the way I do. Most of my loud music is only when the engine is on, so although I flow a lot more power through them, they do not get fully discharged.


                      Originally posted by JimN View Post
                      Hey- nice Vette!

                      The fuse or breaker should be no more than 12" from the positive battery post. That's according to the MECP training and long experience with seeing burned vehicles. Overly cautious means still alive, in a lot of cases.
                      Agreed. Do the fuse.
                      Be excellent to one another.

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                      • So just to get this right, I will have it fused no more than 12" from both batteries positive connections to the relay and a circuit breaker no more than 12" from battery #2 on the positive connection to my amps? Thanks for all the help on this.
                        1996 Prostar 190 W/ LT-1 & Powerslot

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                        • Originally posted by Patrick Hardy View Post
                          So just to get this right, I will have it fused no more than 12" from both batteries positive connections to the relay and a circuit breaker no more than 12" from battery #2 on the positive connection to my amps? Thanks for all the help on this.
                          Think about what would happen if the positive cable is somehow cut and shorts to ground. With only one side protected, the other battery will send everything it has to ground. A cable will dump a lot of current when this happens and if it exceeds the cables capacity, the resistance causes the cable to get hot and if there's no way to cut the current flow, the insulation will burn and take the boat with it. The only time this will stop is when the wire is thin enough to fuse, which breaks the connection.

                          Personally, I like breakers. They can be reset, they can be opened when work is done to the system and if it opens, it doesn't cost $8 to buy another one.

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                          • I have a question. What happens if you occasionally charge a starting and deep cell battery in parrellel? I have a starting and deep cell setup right now and have been keeping the perko switch on the deep cell. Only switch to the cranking if the deep cell is dead. I know some people have said not to do it but I want to understand why and the effects if anyone knows.

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                            • Originally posted by scramison View Post
                              I have a question. What happens if you occasionally charge a starting and deep cell battery in parrellel? I have a starting and deep cell setup right now and have been keeping the perko switch on the deep cell. Only switch to the cranking if the deep cell is dead. I know some people have said not to do it but I want to understand why and the effects if anyone knows.
                              You mean charging it using the alternator? It beats the crap out of the alternator and won't charge them as well as they need because unless the alternator can support a lot of current and they're isolated, one will always draw more than the other.

                              Cranking batteries exist for a reason- they deliver high current quickly and recover quickly. A deep cycle is usually made to deliver current over a longer time period and recover after being discharged deeper than a cranking battery. If you really want more info about your specific batteries, contact the manufacturer and tell them what the item number is.
                              Last edited by JimN; 07-29-2009, 08:22 PM.

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                              • Jim if I run an isolator or relay instead of the perko switch will I be able to run the cranking and deep cell? Or should I try to just get another deep cell or go all cranking? The deep cell I have is huge and gives me 710 CCA with 150 mins at 25 amps that is why the cranking is more of a back up.

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