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Old 02 January 2013, 17:21   #1
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Battery charger/Shore power

We are berthing in the water on a pontoon this winter, with a view to getting some use of the rib when we can.

The (twin Suzuki engined) rib is fitted with twin batteries and each battery supplies their own bilge pump in the well just inboard ofthe transom. The problem we have is that during prolonged wet weather - and there is no shortage of it!! Both batteries end up getting flattened after a few days, the rib starts filling up and I have to head to the marina, empty the water out, charge batteries etc.

We would like to fit a battery charger and/or shorepower to support the charger. Concerns are finding asuitable charger, longevity of the charger unit in a rib console environment and fire risk. Does anyone have any experience or comments?

All advice welcome...
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Old 02 January 2013, 17:51   #2
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Old 02 January 2013, 18:13   #3
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I have fitted sterling chargers onto live aboard narrowboats with large battery banks being lived on all winter and all the reports i get are good. Also sterling have very good aftersales, when i had a problem they always send me a new item without the B.S.
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we have sterling in our cruiser which charges 3 batterys indepenantly & you can select wet cell dry cell gell etc not just a charger but also a battery conditioning unit very good! & built specifically for boats
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Its not often that one gets impressed by a mundane device such as a battery charger, but I was impressed by the quality of my recent purchase of a Ctek charger although it was for a different application.
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Shore power

I have a couple of small solar panels that I clip on top of the Windscreen rails, they keep a healthy trickle into the batteries and top them up after the pumps run. Won't help if the pumps stick on though they are too small to match the draw from continuous running.
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Has anyone ever tried them bellows type bilge pump you fit on your mooring line
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Has anyone ever tried them bellows type bilge pump you fit on your mooring line
Yes being on a swing mooring on the west if Scotland I tried one years ago. Failed on two points as far as I was concerned, need to be a stern as that's where your well is but a rib to stable at stern so no action, if I moved it to now there was to long a feed from the bold he well to the pump. In all because our harbour is fairly sheltered there was not the movement nor was it sustained long enough to make it viable. Hope this helps.

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Has anyone ever tried them bellows type bilge pump you fit on your mooring line
Was going to suggest one of those as a simple alternative. Not my boat but one I go on regularly has used one this summer with generally good effect.

As jambo says, needs to be stern mounted, so a marina is fine.

Obviously it's critical that whoever moors up is aware the pump line needs to be tighter than the warp.

You could consider a cover to avoid water problem in first place?
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