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About to start my second boating season, and the first that I have to prep the boat. (Last season my dealer did all the work.)

Well, after peeling off the shrink wrap and cleaning off the mildew, I decided to hook up the fake-a-lake. Turned on the hose, put in the key, and... nothing. No instrumentation, no beeps, no power.

So I grabbed my portable jump-starter and attached the clips. Put in the key, and whee! power! The instruments cycled on, anyway, and then I turned the key. "Click"

I have no idea what made the clicking sound, but assume a fuse? Anyway, I'm back to no power. And now even my jump-starter doesn't change that.

Tomorrow I'm off to get a battery charger (I was told my "maintenance free" battery would survive the winter with no problem. hmm.)

Once I'm charged up, where do I look? Under the pilot's console there are circuit breakers, but none were tripped. I reset them all, anyway, but doubt that did anything. Is there a fuse panel like on a car somewhere?

Any help appreciated. Thanks!

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Nope, didn't disconnect it. I was told that it wasn't necessary. That true?

Don't know how old the battery is. Hmmm. Buy a charger or a new battery?

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Depending how old the battery is, it might be a risk that even if you can breathe some life back into it this time with the charger, it may not last long - and will see you in the same situation next time you go to start it. Had the same thing with my son's jet ski - had to get the new battery anyway :(. Would hate to see you miss out on a great day because of it!!!

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(I was told my "maintenance free" battery would survive the winter with no problem. hmm.)

Maintenance free just means you're not supposed to have to add distilled water on occasion. (I don't believe this either) It does not mean that you don't have to have the battery on some sort of float charger during the off season. If you let your car sit for 6 months with it's "maintenance free" battery, do you think it would start?

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Hmm. Good point. Well, West Marine has a grand opening down the street this weekend, and I have a $20 off $200 coupon. And I see their "maintenance free" batteries are $200.

Even at $180, that seems like a lot to me (compared to a car). Would I be better off at Wally World or somewhere else?

What's the difference between a flooded battery and a dual purpose AGM (other than the latter costing more)?

Finally, should I have disconnected for the winter, or was the advice I was given sound?

Thanks, guys.

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I swear by Interstate "wet cell" batteries. These are your standard "car version" batteries.

There's no need for a "marine" battery from West (rip-you-off) Marine. And, unless you have an uber amount of electronics or stereo system, no need for any other type of battery.

You should have taken the battery out of the boat durning lay-up and had it on a float charger over the winter. And, the battery not on a cement floor during this time.

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Maintenance free just means you're not supposed to have to add distilled water on occasion. (I don't believe this either) It does not mean that you don't have to have the battery on some sort of float charger during the off season. If you let your car sit for 6 months with it's "maintenance free" battery, do you think it would start?

Last Aussie winter put both of our cars and the Malibu in storage with the batteries disconnected and headed to Thailand for 6 months where we have a small place which we disappear to when the weather gets cold here. On return both cars and the boat fired up straight away without any charging, one of the cars is a diesel powered Ranger. We have done this a number of times now and the batteries are always fine. Paying a bit extra for a quality product is definitely worth the investment, I've seen too many guys trying to jump start boats on launch ramps etc.

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You need to disconnect your batteries either manually or with a battery switch. Your electronics in the boat -- stereo head unit and probably Malivue will put a slow drain on your battery as they need to maintain memory and clock. After a month or 2 you'll have a dead battery.

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Just a word of friendly advice : don't get batteries from WalMart.

haha, I agree even though i currently have a Walmart "neverstart" in my boat now doing fine. (came with the boat, i wouldn't have made that purchase)

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