Your motorboat can’t function without proper battery installation and maintenance. Investing in quality products from reputable Canadian providers is one step toward boating stress-free this spring (or winter, if you’re travelling down south). Take the time now to consider your boat’s batteries—they should be as trustworthy and reliable as any other essential component of your boat.
First, look into buying all boating equipment that can stand up to tough Canadian weather conditions. Whether you’re planning on a leisurely summer of scuttling around charming islands in placid southern Ontario water, or breaking choppy surf and churning waves on the east coast, you want durable merchandise that won’t conk out on you the moment a bit of troublesome weather hits. Play it smart and click here to check out the Canadian Energy website, where you’ll be able to buy batteries from an eco-friendly and Canadian company—they’re used to producing hardware that resists, but never damages, the environment.
12-volt deep cycle batteries are made to discharge their capacity at a steady rate, through a long day or night of using your GPS, radio, sensor, and other electronics. They have a great recovery speed due to their thick active lead plates and separators, and higher levels of antimony. These batteries need to be recharged regularly; letting them deplete to less than half of their capacity is almost as bad as over-charging them, which is a surefire way to wreck your investments and return to the store. Your deep cycle batteries need just as much loving care as your starting (or cranking) battery, which, much like a car battery, allows you to get your motor running. This kind of battery has thinner lead plates, providing you with the more substantial surges of energy required to start a large engine.
Proper storage of your batteries when not in use is also extremely important. Doing so properly can dramatically prolong their lifespan. They should always be stored in cool, dry areas, in-doors and away from your boat. They should be stored fully charged, but should also be topped up throughout the cold months to avoid depletion (they will gradually lose energy if not in use, especially in humid or cold conditions). Make sure the battery terminals are clean and covered, and avoid placing them on concrete—keep them safe, dry, and off the ground. Any extreme in temperature is detrimental to your investment, so excessive heat and sub-zero temperatures will spell the end (or a land-locked boating season).
If you’re in the market to purchase a new charger, remember that typical car battery chargers do not have the capacity to do the job on your boat. For your marine vessel, you have the option to choose between an on-board and portable version. Portables are great for charging your batteries in storage and are usually inexpensive. On-boards are more complex items, but can accommodate multiple batteries and charge in a staged process—these may also be more convenient for a full summer of boating.
Once your batteries are finally finished, make sure that you dispose of them ethically by returning them to the appropriate locations. All boat batteries should be recycled to avoid environmental degradation. That’s where those eco-friendly, Canadian companies really prove their worth.
With proper battery care, next boating season your boat will start with a hum and run with a purr—and stay that way. Take your next purchase seriously and never forget—good battery life can make all the difference between smooth sailing and a stranded ship!