Will retire soon and want to get a boat and do some extended cruising. I've been away from the sea for too long, but grew up in Charleston spending summers on the water, crewed on a shrimp trawler, ship's navigation officer in the US Navy, recreational sailing in the Bahamas, New England, Long Island Sound, etc.
What a good idea, Peter .... there is no point in waiting around for life .... you must chase it! That's my philosophy anyway! No plans to cross the Atlantic for a while ... have been travelling quite a bit and now need to do a few upgrades on house and boat ... will head to Galway for the last stage of the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race if weather permits in July ... likewise a trip to Dingle
"James, we're talking Apples and Oranges with the Deka 4Ds. While you had AGMs I had the Wet Cells which were rated much lower in AMP Hours. I had seen two different ratings for the wet cells with one estimate in the low 130Ahr range and the…"
"Oh yeah, forgot to mention battery monitor. The stock panel voltage panel is basically worthless in determining battery condition unless you've let the batteries sit idle for hours. Purchase a good battery monitor. It is vital for being up to…"
Congrats on the long life of your batteries.
May 2008 our B43 came equipped with 2 Dekka 4d Agms that are rated for 198ah's of service for a total house bank of pretty close to 400ah (396ah). Engine battery was Dekka Group…"