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Old 16-07-2013, 08:49   #16
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Re: Forklift Battery

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I just looked up a deep cycle 240 AH 8D battery. It weighs in at 146 lbs!!!
I'm 36 and only weigh 150 lbs, I don't know of many people that could dead lift my rigid body into the hole in my boat where I keep the batteries. That's why most of us break it up into 70 lb golf cart batteries.
i am 22.5 stone. i could dead-lift you.
these are not deep cycle i am buying for $100
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Old 16-07-2013, 08:55   #17
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they only weight 115#.... must all be old people! lol
You best check how much those lovely 8Ds weigh, young fellow! The last time I looked, I saw them advertised as 167#s. And try leaning over with your arms extended holding one of these heavyweights, while you lower it three feet or so into a bilge.
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Old 16-07-2013, 08:57   #18
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these are not deep cycle i am buying for $100
Then what's the point? You don't need an 8d to start a small gen or a propulsion engine on a 45' sailboat.
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for a good price on the batteries you can give the dock kid $20 to help you and still have money left over for a bottle of Avail
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Re: Forklift Battery

My luck with 8D batteries has not been good. I've had 3 of them in boats over the years. 2 Delco and 1 Autolite. 2 of 3 failed prematurely in the first year. Shorted cell both times, different boats. wierd. Both times I was out of country and just has to take the loss.
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they only weight 115#.... must all be old people! lol

Guilty! 55 YOA!
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Re: Forklift Battery

foggysail, I have a sailboat, which has an attached device unique to sailboats and heavy transports..., called a halyard, connected to a skyhook. It allows we fortunates to lift heavy objects from a nearby dock and transport them heavenly onto the boat and into the deep, dark recesses caled bilges (or holds, for those with capacious bilges). The weight of the individual batteries is a bit over 100 pounds. I have used the "skyhook" for loads in excess of 500 pounds. I have done much of the work single handedly, the hardest part is getting it past the lifelines. With two folks, it's a breeze. Most batteries have have polypropylene "handles" that are easily tied into the halyard shackle. Here's a picture of me loading my 300 pound engine.
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