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Old    Fill er up (fill_er_up)      Join Date: May 2006       09-29-2010, 6:47 PM Reply   
Boat lives on a lift and I typically remove the battery from the boat to charge in garage with my standard marine/auto battery charger. Am I being overcautious or can I charge in boat on lift? Opinions?
Old    Art (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       09-29-2010, 8:29 PM Reply   
Charge the boat on the lift. You'll do more damage to your shoulders and battery by constantly moving it than any risk of a charger at the lift.
Put the charger somewhere that is covered so that it does not get soaked by morning dew. Other than that you are fine.
Old    WakePowell Chris (epic1)      Join Date: Oct 2006       09-29-2010, 8:31 PM Reply   
why are you worried?
Old    Cory D (cadunkle)      Join Date: Jul 2009       09-30-2010, 9:01 AM Reply   
Do you really have to charge your battery so often that this is an issue? If battery dies, recharge (on lift is fine, just keep everything dry), check alt output. If alt is good and battery dies again, replace the battery. No worries. I normally only charge mine at the beginning of the season. If everything is working well and boat doesn't sit in the water leaking and constantly cycling bilge it should be rare that you ever have to charge it.

But yeah, just keep your charger and such dry and no problem charging on the lift. If you're really worried you could get one of those marine automagic trickle charger jobbies and install it in the boat so you can plug it in all the time to keep battery maintained (good if you rarely use the boat).

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