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Old 04 July 2012, 16:02   #31
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Does that answer your query
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Old 04 July 2012, 16:06   #32
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Old enough and by the way I am not looking for anyone else and I'm not gay, but thanks for your interest
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Guys guys you are steadly taken a perfectly good thread down all the way to the bildges!
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Excuse me! I'm giving answers not asking questions

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Oi, keep on track, your getting me in trouble sort this leccie problem out for the chap or he will blow a fuse
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Struggling manfully back to the topic - re charging from the car. A caravan socket (either a13 pin or a second 7 pin (7S) socket) gives a choice of a permanent or an ignition-switched 12V supply, designed for charging caravan batteries. So fitting one of these and as someone says above running the lead to a high current (DIN) socket on the boatto supply the battery(ies) is a neat way of doing it. I tend to think of it like recharging a flat car battery after a jump start - running the car for half an hour or more seems to do the trick

Check out carefully what type of wiring your car needs, modern electrics don't like extra wires just spliced into the loom, fouls up bulb failure sensors ans potentially much more complex stuff that runs trailer sensing, multiple bulb operation,etc.

You really want a bypass relay anyway in the wire to the boat so the connection only completes if the car is providing power -otherwise you risk the car trying to draw current from the boat
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A simple solution may be to buy a another battery keep it charged at home and swap it for the discharged battery when you visit the boat or want to use it, then you can recharge that battery at home.
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A simple solution may be to buy a another battery keep it charged at home and swap it for the discharged battery when you visit the boat or want to use it, then you can recharge that battery at home.
has already been suggested! but the battery is in an awkward place to change over
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Can't help but think something's got to give here...barn with no power, boat with things drawing current all the time, no sunlight for solar power, no provision to charge whilst towing, not always time to charge when moved to launch...

Personally, assuming the barn's a given, I'd be looking to make the batteries easily removable and take home one at a time to charge with a smart charger. Then, switching all off on the boat except the tracker.

Solar panels - too expensive, too big for a useful output, unreliable weather. Wind turbine Charging whilst towing - depends how far you tow, batteries still in an unknown state when you get there.

Better to start your journey with good, known batteries than arrive somewhere and find them flat
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