Okay guys, a bit more...
You're definitely helping with my education. In my neck of the woods gas propulsion
in small horsepower is hideously expensive, a little nerve wracking, (and here it comes) people steal them like candy. The goal was to begin my education, given I'll be exactly like you guys, and need to know how to manage a multifocal battery/ solar/ wind/ alternator
I've learned from every post so far.
did not freeze, so I will presume gassing/ boiling/ loss of acid = ruination.
Batteries are not quite as far forward as i would like, but directly under compaionway door. Appropriate sized power cable to trolling motor 1/2" thick - 6'.
Have x2 new FLA batteries, and realize keeping them cool is a priority, and no lower than 50% usage (no way to know).
Debated on parralleling the two batteries, vs. "rotating" use on a trickle charge 2 amp maintainer: as previously posted (schumacher auto charge maintainer... 14 amp to switchover 2 amp).
Will an auto charger make sense for two batteries in parallel?
Rotating the batteries has reduced capacity, but offers a "backup," which I don't presently have.
Got a 5 speed trolling motor/ 3 speed reverse: very basic... my father (now out of the picture) learned how incredibly efficient they are in a national engineering challenge for electric boats.
Arkansas 104 degree summers/ zero way to cool the boat.
Distance to main body of water
is 1/4 mile, with intermittent use thereafter. Have a 12"x12" solar
panel switched, while trolling motor not in use... seemed to help a great deal actually.
Give votes for best shoe-string system at present. Living with what I got (and optimizing survival of the system) seems best course.
Biggest question: is trickle charger going to work
on x2 parallel batteries. (Last charger was FatMax auto charger -8 amp switchover to maintainer) it's what burned up the other batteries.
power/ 15' extension cord/ beefy).