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Post by greenchicken » 06 Apr 2015, 11:35

IN the back of my 14 foot alum craft v-hull I have the outboard motor, the gas tank, two batteries, and me. Even with an adult in the front I am riding uncomfortably low. When I have to reverse water starts rolling in.

So I am thinking I should move my two batteries to the front. It's the only thing of weight that can move.

First off opinions on the plan.
Secondly recommendations for cable. I will need about 30 feet of cable.

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Post by earl60446 » 06 Apr 2015, 18:28

What else can you do? Besides a different boat with a 20 inch transom.

Putting the beer up front might help, probably weighs more than the batteries. :P

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Post by Clifford_Akov » 06 Apr 2015, 19:38

I have a similar situation, battery is up front, and I place the fuel tank near middle of boat. Works OK for me. Another option would be to look into transom splash guards like this http://www.wavewackers.com to keep you dry. I am considering making my own splash guards, motor kicks up a bit of water that finds it's way into boat.

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Post by greenchicken » 06 Apr 2015, 19:39

But then I can't reach the beer while driving!

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Post by BigTerp » 07 Apr 2015, 08:54

Batteries up front should definitely help. I have 2 group 27 batteries under my bow deck and a 2 gallon spare gas can and 6 gallon gas tank in the back of my 1648. I have a stick steer setup though where the captains seat is about where a middle bench seat would be. With a passenger in the back seat it rides perfect. With just me it's slightly nose heavy.
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Post by greenchicken » 07 Apr 2015, 23:56

Can anyone give me a link for 20 feet of right battery cable? Looking on line and not sure which is best and it's too expensive to get wrong.

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Post by 1lhorn » 08 Apr 2015, 00:24

I think the cheapest tinned marine wire (duplex) I found was on eBay.

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Post by greenchicken » 08 Apr 2015, 01:00

what gauge? 2 or 4?

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Post by vahunter » 08 Apr 2015, 01:13

Genuinedealz is cheap and free shipping. Youll have to calculate you amp draw and cable length to determine the size cable. I believe they have a calculator on the website too.
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Post by BigTerp » 08 Apr 2015, 08:15

I got all my wire and heat shrink connectors for my boat from here.

http://tinnedmarinewire.com/wire/

Not sure how it compares price wise to other places, but it is high quality tinned marine wire. Something I didn't want to skimp on.

Your manual should tell you what size wire you need for your motor and the maximum length you can run it. I would suggest you get dedicated marine battery cable with tinned marine lugs for your motor. IIRC, my motor (1994 Johnson 50/35) called for 4 AWG size wire and I have about a 12' run of it up to my battery.

If your manual doesn't tell you what size wire you need, here is a chart that may help.

http://www.westmarine.com/WestAdvisor/M ... d-Ampacity
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Post by greenchicken » 08 Apr 2015, 09:17

Thanks, I wish I had enough electrical knowledge to use those charts. I have a Susuki 9.9 4 stroke I sure if I give them a call they can advise me.

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Post by BigTerp » 08 Apr 2015, 11:39

greenchicken wrote:Thanks, I wish I had enough electrical knowledge to use those charts. I have a Susuki 9.9 4 stroke I sure if I give them a call they can advise me.
I would call them and ask what size wire to use.
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Post by mbweimar » 08 Apr 2015, 19:01

I would use 6 gauge wire for such a long run. Even though it's only a 9.9, there will be a lot of resistance in that long of a run. 6 gauge might be a tad bit overkill, but the next size down is 8 and that definitely won't get the job done.
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Post by greenchicken » 08 Apr 2015, 19:13

I called Susuki and then told me to use 2 gauge. I am sure they are just playing it super safe but my estimated cost for 2 gauge is about $60 so might as well do what the MFG says.

Thanks everyone for the help.

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