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Old 06-12-2009, 18:02   #31
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Originally Posted by Mark Zarley View Post
Would not want to sleep on a bunk that had venting batteries underneath, or for that matter anywhere in a unvented (think cold weather and closing everything up to conserve heat) interior living space. One time aboard a 46 Nordhaven the owner showed me his stacked washer & dryer in a neat little closet . Bottom unit was starting to rust, asked why? The invertor batt bank was under them , and the gassing was eating them up!
I didn't say it was unvented.
There is a opening from that space to the head, via louvered doors and a nicro solar vent that evacuates the space.
AGM'S do not vent under normal circumstances. So its not the same issue.

As far as what one person told you... well.. t here are as many opinions as there are sailors out there. Everyone has a opinion. I would hate to be in a passage off shore in the north pacific and have my battery bank die just because I wanted to save some money. Its a risk, and it might pay off for you. I hope it does. Me, I would replace the bank and be sure. Call it the cost of cruising. But thats just me.

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