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    Default Need a new Cranking Battery

    Any suggestions on a good cranking Battery for a 200 optimax. The original was Interstate and that lasted for a few years. The Trojan that is in it now has been replaced twice so done with that brand. They don't seem to last more than two/three years. Maybe I should head to walmart and get a Everstart and be done with it.

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    Optima 31 series
    cheers,
    Steve

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    In our 20 foot Angler we use out on the bay, we run the everstart (walmart) batteries and they do great. We run two just incase even though we only have a single outboard but have never had a problem with either. Both have been in there for about 3 years.

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    I went 7 years on my everstart.I replaced based on age..it still works great in my friends boat..hard to beat for the price

    "They call Mike the tin man, not because he has an aluminum boat but because he has no heart..." ~ Squire

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    i run a 27 series everstart and have had great luck with it, and like mike said, hard to beat the price.
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    If I'm spending your money, go with the Optima, if it's my money, I'd probably go with the Everstart. I'm having trouble with an Everstart that I bought this spring, need to return it. I bought 2 trolling motor batteries, after a day fishing one is dead, the other isn't. They both take a full charge, but after sitting a few weeks, one looses about half of it's charge.

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    The reason I suggest Optima is that if you are like me, you are running livewell pumps, fish finders and spending alot of time on the trolling motor, which means your cranking battery is getting hammered. I've had too many issues where the cranking battery was too low to crank and I had to switchover to a trolling motor battery. If you fish the potomac and love to frog fish like I do, you'll either want a high end cranking battery or do like several people I know do, and I almost did, just carry two. I know people who have wired their livewells up to the trolling motor batteries to take the load off as well...
    cheers,
    Steve

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    I actually now have 5 batteries on my boat - 3TM - 1 cranking and 1 for all my electronics, pumps, lights, etc.....now I need a 5 bank charger and a partner that don't carry much tackle cause the back box is full.......This cold weather doesn't keep the batteries charged up as well as warm, plus if the dummy (me) that owns the boat leaves the master power switch on - it'll drain the juice very quick...
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    wow, the things people do so they don't have to ask me to be a partner....

    Here is a link to a 5 banker. My new 4 bank works great so far. I got the pro-mariner and it is a 10amp per:

    http://www.batterystuff.com/battery-...gers/GEN5.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Gman View Post
    I actually now have 5 batteries on my boat - 3TM - 1 cranking and 1 for all my electronics, pumps, lights, etc.....now I need a 5 bank charger and a partner that don't carry much tackle cause the back box is full.......This cold weather doesn't keep the batteries charged up as well as warm, plus if the dummy (me) that owns the boat leaves the master power switch on - it'll drain the juice very quick...
    cheers,
    Steve

    2011/2013 St Jude's Charity Tournament Champion
    Bass East Big Bass Challenge winner of 11-12 and 12-1 hours.


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    I have used about every battery out there and have learned too charge the batteries at different amps. not all the time at 10 amp or 20 amp, but at different amps all the time. These batteries are not like the batteries used in you cars / trucks that are seldom being drawn on while not being chared at the same time.

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