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Old 21 February 2010, 03:49   #1
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New purchase 5.85m Osprey

Hi folks just purchased a seconhand Osprey. Have just taken delivery of a brand new Tohatsu 90hp. Just adding some modifications to boat.

1. extra jockey seat to go in-line with drivers seat.

Having extra 43 litre fuel tank fitted(in addition to underfloor tank), wondering whether to use spare space for storage or extra battery?

2. New radio, garmin 550s fishfinder.

Anyone know best place for transducer to be fitted?

Will post pic's as work progresses!!

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Old 21 February 2010, 04:07   #2
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Mike I prefer transducers inside so they don't get damaged by the trailer which happens if transom mounted, or if you beach her. Problem is you don't have access to the inside of the hull without cutting the deck, apart from one small area inside the rear box sections were the A frame attaches to the hull. If you are brave then one of these mounted just behind the console could be an option to give you access to the inside of the hull.

As for batteries, if you have the standard console you are a bit short on space for a second battery, however these are worth a look as they give some serious clout to start an engine. We use one of these on the yacht to start the diesel engine.

http://www.myboatsgear.com/mbg/product.asp?prodID=1719

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Old 21 February 2010, 04:38   #3
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I have just gone through the process of moving my transom mount transducer into the hull.

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Old 21 February 2010, 04:40   #4
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thanks for the info Pete,

Will have a look at the deck and see if i can gain access to the hull, my transducer can either be mounted on transom or shoot through the hull. It will need to be as far aft as I can get get it ?

Adding the extra seat pod even with the extra fuel tank leaves room for additional battery. With all the extra electronics i am thing second battery might be good idea although loosing storage. Its that old dilema "1 or 2" lol.

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Old 21 February 2010, 05:36   #5
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If you put a battery in the seat pod next to the fuel tank, I'd suggest you make a bulkhead to separate the two, for safety reasons. If you form a vertical bulkhead between the two, then a horizontal bulkhead above the battery, with a hatch for access either in this bulkhead or the side of the seat pod, then you may have a bit of storage space above the horizontal bulkhead for odds and ends. The battery and fuel tank compartments should be vented.

Is it a Vipermax?
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Congratulations Bingomike - exciting isn't it - have you managed a trip out yet?

Look forward to seeing some pictures
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Thanks for the battery link pete, they look good - have you used your battery for main/starting or just aux power? - thinking as i am buying new batteries may as well buy matching pair.

Hi Jean, Not been out as yet since buying her, been waiting for engine fit, but have used it a few times before as it used to be owned by the RYA school that i completed my Powerboat level 2 on. Thats one of the reasons I have stuck with the 90hp engine as that is what was fitted and it handled superbly.

Going down to boat tomorrow so should upload pics in the evening.

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Mike, it is used to start the Volvo diesel, not a huge engine at 28 hp but still takes a while turning over. There are two other batteries which are linked as house batteries on the boat.

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