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Old 14-11-2013, 17:30   #1
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Why spare battery terminals?

We bought an old boat last year. 27 year old Catalac 12M. We are the fourth owners. We sailed the boat from Jacksonville down to our home in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We've been steadily removing stuff from this boat since we bought it. She's floating over three inches higher in the water now. With more to come.

Going through old "spares" today, I found a Ziploc full of battery terminals. The kind you put on your battery posts and tighten, and then attach cables to. There must be at least a dozen, maybe more in the bag. It weighs a lot. Those are all solid lead. I would love to take that weight off the boat, but have to ask myself if I am missing something. Can you think of any reason to have ten pounds of spare battery terminals on board? They never wear out, do they? And any battery I buy along my route will either come with terminals or I'll use the ones from the battery I'd be replacing.

Can you think of any reason to keep that bag of dead weight on the boat?
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Old 14-11-2013, 17:36   #2
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Re: Why spare battery terminals?

sinkers for fishing!! :-)
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Old 14-11-2013, 17:43   #3
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Re: Why spare battery terminals?

A couple should suffice!
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Old 14-11-2013, 17:54   #4
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Re: Why spare battery terminals?

Corrosion is common especially if you are using lead acid batteries. I know not too long ago I found myself about an hour into a 24+ hour voyage upside down in the engine compartment cleaning my battery terminals with sand paper when I found out that I wasn't getting any power out of my house batteries. Would have been quicker and easier to have new terminals to slap on.

That being said, a whole bag? I'd keep one maybe two sets, when you use one either take the old one home and clean it to bring back next time or toss it and remember to buy a new one.
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Old 14-11-2013, 20:32   #5
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Re: Why spare battery terminals?

It's odd, most marine batteries use a 5/16" (8mm) post to mount battery cables. Threaded post are a lot easier to keep clean and remove/replace if need be.

I'd take'm off the boat and bring it up to modern standards.
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Re: Why spare battery terminals?

I guess it would not sink you to keep a couple, but I'd get rid of them and make sure your cables are well terminated, connected to studs like delmarrey is saying. I use FDC batteries and cables made by genuine dealz, with quality lugs and shrink tubing, and I just don't see corrosion.
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Old 15-11-2013, 13:35   #7
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Re: Why spare battery terminals?

Thanks for the confirmation. Our batteries are only a year old. They have their own studs sticking up, don't use the clamp on terminals. I'm finding more and more "neat stuff" that has been stashed on the boat over the past 27 years, and that really has no place on board. Probably lightened her another fifty pounds this morning.

Gave the bag of battery terminals to a Haitian guy who works at the marina. He was happy. He's been benefiting from our lightening and house cleaning efforts. So far he's gotten a bunch of fishing gear, an apartment sized refrigerator, and various other bits and pieces. A lot of the junk is perfectly functional. It just doesn't belong on OUR boat.
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