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Message 12 of 12
Posted by member Mark Dell on Friday 3 January 2020

Thanks for the advice Simon I will have to wait until Ruby Ann is back on the water and install the batteries and check a few things

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Message 11 of 12
Posted by member Simon Papendick on Friday 3 January 2020

Hi Mark,
If the battery isolater is switched off there should be no drain to the boat systems. However do you have any instruments wired to the batteries directly such as bilge pump with a float switch. These sometimes become faulty and draw current. I would also check the cable runs to ensure that there are no breaks in the cables insulation which will lose current as well. There such be a circuit on an instrument that become open circuit and is leaking to earth and draining the batteries as well. The best advice I can give you is to check all your wiring connections with a volt meter and see if there is any current however small running down these connections and go back along the wiring to see what is causing the drain.

Regards

Simon

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Message 10 of 12
Posted by member Mark Dell on Friday 3 January 2020

Maybe you can answer this Simon?
I have been checking the batteries occasionally and since they were fully charged they havenít lost a drop of voltage at all? Strangely on the boat they constantly drain? Maybe something is drawing continually?

Let me know your thoughts

Mark

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Message 9 of 12
Posted by member Mark Dell on Saturday 30 November 2019

I went down to Ruby Ann today and removed the plastic fuel tank to use the unleaded before it goes off.
The hatch has now been left ajar and the toilet port light very slightly to allow airflow

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Message 8 of 12
Posted by member Simon Papendick on Friday 29 November 2019

Hi Mark ,

That should be fine,

Regards

Simon

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Message 7 of 12
Posted by member Mark Dell on Friday 29 November 2019

Hi Simon thanks I am planning to go back to her and check how itís all going.
I have left the outboard well cover off to allow an airflow and lifted the hatch a few millimetres to allow the same
Do you think this will be enough?

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Message 6 of 12
Posted by member Simon Papendick on Tuesday 19 November 2019

Hi Mark,
Good to hear you got the boat out of the water and you have laid up the boat for the winter, just make sure you keep a air flow going through the boat over the winter to keep the mildew at bar. Now its time to dream of next years adventures.

Regards
Simon Papendick

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Message 5 of 12
Posted by member Mark Dell on Tuesday 19 November 2019

So Ruby Ann is now lifted out and is on the hard standing I removed the batteries as advised and have them in my shed/workshop with a smart charger supplying a healthy charge

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Message 4 of 12
Posted by member Simon Papendick on Wednesday 16 October 2019

Hi Mark,

Keep them in a dry not to cold an area, check the level of charge once a month and just charge them one day a month over the winter and if it is a battery you can check the fluid levels on keep an eye on them and top up if necessary.then it should be ready to go back on in the spring.

Regards

Simon Papendick

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Message 3 of 12
Posted by member Mark Dell on Wednesday 16 October 2019

Thanks Simon
What do you use to keep them healthy in the garage etc?

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Message 2 of 12
Posted by member Simon Papendick on Tuesday 15 October 2019

Hi Mark,

As a general rule, take them home so you can keep an eye on them, also some insurance companies will not look well on if them are left onboard. Some insurance companies have voided people's insurance as they have left an unattended power lead onboard and the boat as caught fire. So it is best to remove the batteries and have them at home to be on the safe side.

Regards

Simon Papendick

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Message 1 of 12
Posted by member Mark Dell on Tuesday 15 October 2019

Hi everyone

My Hardy Bosun Ruby Ann will be lifted out for winter
Whatís the general school of thought regarding batteries? I have a small 10w trickle charger connected most of the time.
Would it be best to remove them and take them home to my garage? Trickle charge there?
Thanks in advance
Mark

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