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#5859590 - 08/02/15 10:45 AM Boat Battery Querstion
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Hey Everyone,

I am getting my duck boat ready for this fall and have a question about the type of battery I should use. We will be running a 27hp Godevil SD, running lights, and a 24 inch light bar during duck season and adding in a trolling motor during the off season for fishing. Do I need to go with a deep cycle battery or will a regular battery work? Been reading about the deep cycles a bit and I'm not sure I need one given the limited things I'll be running off it. Also, the GD does have a alternator on it. Thanks.
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#5859779 - 08/02/15 12:49 PM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: BULSPRG]
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Deep cycle, they take a recharge better
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#5859828 - 08/02/15 01:33 PM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: BULSPRG]
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Deep cycle! A 31 series is best
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#5859832 - 08/02/15 01:34 PM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: BULSPRG]
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I almost only use deep cycle on my boat now.
So I vote deep cycle as well
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#5859882 - 08/02/15 02:30 PM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: BULSPRG]
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I would get a cranking battery to start the motor, and a marine deep cycle battery to run everything else. If you are planning to fish out of the boat, having two batteries is an absolute necessity. Trolling motors really drain battery, and you don't want to be caught out on the lake and not have enough juice to crank your engine.
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#5859936 - 08/02/15 03:21 PM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: BULSPRG]
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Great advise above. Always two batteries. Learned the hard way!
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#5860018 - 08/02/15 04:26 PM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: BULSPRG]
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One battery will be fine for your setup during hunting season without a trolling motor. You can easily use a small battery for the motor, running lights, and light bar. The leds draw absolutely nothing, that motor you have will not charge the battery at idle but will above 2,000 rpms, I assume it is a Kohler since it's a 27HP, that motor takes almost nothing to start.
When you run a trolling motor you will need a second battery.
I have only run one during duck season for years.
One night I ran my 2 led light bars for 5 hours while bow fishing and my motor cranked right up after, it was an experiment, I had a spare trolling motor battery with me if needed, I would not worry about it.

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#5860035 - 08/02/15 04:43 PM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: BULSPRG]
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Did you check the regulations before bow fishing? Better safe than sorry

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#5860044 - 08/02/15 04:50 PM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: BULSPRG]
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Thanks for the info guys. Looks like a deep cycle it is.
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#5860099 - 08/02/15 05:55 PM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: mohunter]
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Originally Posted By: mohunter
One battery will be fine for your setup during hunting season without a trolling motor. You can easily use a small battery for the motor, running lights, and light bar. The leds draw absolutely nothing, that motor you have will not charge the battery at idle but will above 2,000 rpms, I assume it is a Kohler since it's a 27HP, that motor takes almost nothing to start.
When you run a trolling motor you will need a second battery.
I have only run one during duck season for years.
One night I ran my 2 led light bars for 5 hours while bow fishing and my motor cranked right up after, it was an experiment, I had a spare trolling motor battery with me if needed, I would not worry about it.


I might have to experiment as well with my light. I'm always worried about how long it is on when the motor isn't running.
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#5860165 - 08/02/15 06:56 PM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: BULSPRG]
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The nice thing about two batteries is you have a back up incase on dies or something odd happens.

I run one two 31 series and keep a set of jumper cables
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#5860612 - 08/03/15 07:11 AM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: BULSPRG]
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Heisman25g,
You going to be trolling all my post this year?
But yes I even had an in person personal discussion with a few of the authorities that day.

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#5860895 - 08/03/15 10:20 AM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: BULSPRG]
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Just keeping you honest lol

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#5860949 - 08/03/15 10:49 AM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: BULSPRG]
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I am a fan of two batteries in a hunting/fishing boat.
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#5861725 - 08/03/15 05:50 PM Re: Boat Battery Querstion [Re: Cody Malone]
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Originally Posted By: Cody Malone
The nice thing about two batteries is you have a back up incase on dies or something odd happens.

I run one two 31 series and keep a set of jumper cables


This. I've had to use my trolling motor battery during duck season. I kept it in the front to balance the boat better and run lights...and thank goodness it was there. Just enough juice for when my motor battery got the chillz and went dead!

It's a deep cycle...
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