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  1. We just purchased a used 2016 SSX. This is our first power boat as a family. I spent yesterday going through the boat and tightening each and every screw/nut/bolt. On my way through the boat I did not find a place to plug in and charge the batteries. Do I need to take the batteries out to charge them or is there a place to plug in a marine charger? I've read each manual cover to cover and searched all over the internet and can't find an answer. Thanks for you help for a newbie.
  2. After winter storage with my batteries out, I'm having trouble reconnecting the batteries, and am really hoping for help so that I don't do anything detrimental. I've researched schematics, read the manuals, and searched this forum, but can't confidently identify the setup well enough to be sure I won't blow something up. I have a 2004 215 SSI with dual batteries. This is before yellow was negative, so the negative lines are black. The yellow line is actually to the bilge pump I believe (?). I have the thick black (negative) line not connected to anything with ends labeled 1 and 2. An
  3. I recently upgraded the stereo in my 2017 H20 21 sport. I also installed a Blue Sea Systems add a battery kit. (#7650) I couldn’t find any good ideas online for inspiration so I thought I would share my project in case there is anyone interested in a similar setup. I chose to go with 2 Infinity Marine amplifiers, (one 4 channel & one 5 channel) Infinity Marine speakers with LED lights. I simply swapped the 6” speakers in the bow & by the front seats & then I added a pair of 8” speakers under the backseats on the sides of the cooler. I stuck with the original head unit. A
  4. Am a new owner of 2004 Sig 290. My shore power came/was unplugged. No power onboard as all batteries had drained. I was told to reconnect the shore power and the battery chargers would kick in. After 3 days- no power. I couldn’t locate a breaker that had tripped. Am I missing something or do I need to get a mechanic involved. Thank you.
  5. OK, I need a little advice. I have a 2006 SSI 210. I currently have 2 optima batteries installed. The starting battery is a blue top AGM marine, and a deep cycle for the stereo, with a battery switch so I can isolate the starting battery when beached and have the tunes going. The stereo has 2 amps, a 250w driving a 12" sub, and a 500w for the interior and tower speakers. Both batteries are bad and need replaced. These were originally recommended to me by the stereo installer (I guess since he sells them also). Power is power right? Before I drop over 550 big ones on the same batteries, If I we
  6. I have a 2003 chaparral signature, I bought in April, it has run great and haven't had any problems until yesterday. I was moored on the beach and when it was time to leave my boat would start then immediately die It did this about 10 times, then we pushed the throttle down and got it to start. was able to get back to my dock, shut is down and it started back up. let it sit without shore power for about an hour tried starting it and it immediately died. Hooked it up to shore power left it over night, went to start it up and it started right up with no problems. I am afraid to take it out on
  7. Hello, new to boating. 1st time out with a 2006 Chap 210SSI 5.0 Merc 160 hrs. Dual batteries with the 1/2/both/off switch system. Started fine and idled fine—-out of marina and when any throttle given, the dash battery gauge jumps around erratically and the boat loses power. If I then back off on the throttle , down to barely in gear) it would run fine. I tried switching from batt 2–batt2-both and the same problem. After 15 min of this, it finally shut off and would not even attempt to start-totally dead. I got a tow into my slip and when I hooked up the on board charger at the dock an
  8. JUst bought my boat and looking at the batteries, one of them is a year old, not sure of the age of the second, they are both Deep Cycle batteries. MY question is am I better off with one deep cycle and one starter. I'll probably replace one of the batteries in the spring but just wanted to start thinking about it now.
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    Battery setup

    I'm a new owner of an '02 260 SSI. Can anyone tell me if the batteries are installed correctly? Everything seems to be working fine but I want to make sure because they don't hold a charge very well. I had both batteries tested and they said they were good but only had 60% charge. The manual says to start the engine and then put the battery switch to the 1 position while driving to charge both batteries. Any help is appreciated. I have added a pic.
  10. My electric motor (Wireless Motorguide 12V) runs the battery down in about 10 minutes. I have an onboard charger which seems to charge the battery, but I still can't use the motor for very long. I'm stumped! There are alot of wires connected to the battery which I am not sure to what they are attached, including a couple going to the engine (Volvo). The wiring diagrams included in the owners manual don't really show any battery connections. I'm replacing the battery with a larger one and would like to get the wiring figured out!!!
  11. Sorry if this topic has been addressed here before, I actually did try to search!! OK, I need some advice from you electrical experts out here. I have a 2005 SSI 210 with the VP 5.0 GXI-E. A few years ago we added a wakeboard tower which also means tower speakers, stereo upgrade etc, etc. To give an idea of my power usage, the 4 cockpit speakers and 2 tower speakers are being driven by a Rockford Fosgate 800W amp and the 12" sub is in front of a 400W RF amp. With this upgrade also came a dual Optima battery set up with a battery switch (1,2,or 1&2). It is wired so I can use both batteries
  12. my son put in a new battery but hooked it up backwards, it smoked the alternator but I re did the connections ,now motor cracks, all elec works but the alarm stays on when I turn the key, and fuel pump doesn't kick on and no spark
  13. I bought a 246 SSI and it runs great. It has relatively new batteries but I noticed that they drain very quickly (about a day) if I do not turn off the Pergo switch after using the boat. I made sure that all known drains are turned off such as the depth finder. I know that there are constant drains such as the radio memory, possibly CO detector, etc. But is this normal and something I just need to adapt to? My last boat (Four Winns 220 Horizon) didn't have this issue. In fact it only had one battery and could go at least a month before draining the battery. Any opinions from other owne
  14. I am in the market for a portable and affordable jump starter for my 215 SSi with 5.0 Merc. I do not have a second battery installed; however, I do want a piece of mind if my primary battery does die while on the water. Can anyone recommend a reliable, affordable, and very portable jump starter that will meet my needs? I've seen prices range from $75 to $200. Thank you.
  15. I have a 1999 Signature 25 Cruiser that i bought used a couple of years ago. I've gotten several pieces of conflicting advice on the proper Electrical Panel and Battery Selector switch positions when using the internal battery charger to charge the battery when I have it out of the water for the winter and in its nice, warm, weather-protected garage. My "boat guy" says: Shore Power plugged in to 110 Volt AC Battery Selector Switch to "Both" AC Main to "On" AC Battery Charger to "On" DC Main to "On" That just seems like it's a lot of stuff "On", and I was won
  16. I'd like to have a new engine battery ready when my boat comes out of storage and I need to know what the dimensions need to be since for a 2000 Sunesta 232 it is a very tight fit.
  17. Purchased 5/2015 - 2006 246 SSI Volvo Penta 5.0 GXi , DP (Dual Batteries) So we purchased this boat at the beginning of the season, first boat and never were really involved in boating and not mechanically inclined. For winterization it needed a Tune Up ,as well as annual service. It only had 120 hrs on it and still had original plugs . On the invoice the mechanic wrote that the batteries are disconnected, reminding me to reconnect in spring. So here are my stupid newbie questions: A) How do I get the Hatch open if there is no power? Do these battery connect like car batteries? or will the
  18. I replaced the house battery in my 08 Sig 290. I have the three battery set up (port engine, starboard engine, house) with the four switches (one for each battery and one emergency switch to hook them all together). I have changed out all three batteries before and never had an issue. The engine batteries are AGM and the house battery is lead-acid, just as they were when I bought the boat. The boat is in a slip with shore power and has a battery charger that has worked like a charm since new. My end of run process is pretty detailed and I always have the batteries on the charger when not
  19. Not sure what this is? Is this a device that allows both batteries to be charged despite the switch position?
  20. So.... I have been checking out these awesome boats for some time. With the holiday weekend approaching fast, I decided to pull the trigger on a 2015 Vortex 203. I went to the only authorized dealer in the area despite all the bad online reviews. After paying for the boat, filling it up with gas and getting it in the water, I started to notice issues. First, the neutral idle is at 2k RPMS. This obviously makes to boat go forward and there's no way it can be on without moving. Second, after navigating out of the canal at 5MPH, I punched it..... WOW! What a loud boat at 8-9k RPMS. You would thi
  21. All, The red cable going from my engine to the battery is overly long. It's at least 3ft and I only need a 18" power cable. The extra dangle by the belts. Makes me nervous Any idea what the correct size should be? I thinks it's a 4/0 gauge. Is that correct? Secondly, it's goes to the starter correct? (Not engine like said above) the starter connecter has dark dirty greas on its connector. Do you think that's the electro grease stuff? Should I wipe off and apply clean clear grease?
  22. All, The red cable going from my engine to the battery is overly long. It's at least 3ft and I only need a 18" power cable. The extra dangle by the belts. Makes me nervous Any idea what the correct size should be? I thinks it's a 4/0 gauge. Is that correct? Secondly, it's goes to the starter correct? (Not engine like said above) the starter connecter has dark dirty greas on its connector. Do you think that's the electro grease stuff? Should I wipe off and apply clean clear grease?
  23. Hi, I have a 2012 SF19H2O that always seems to not want to start. I replaced the cranking battery and now after a few times out it won't start again. Can someone tell me where to find the Alternator - I think it is on the wall next to the battery but the parts guide does not list it. Also, how do I test it - I know how to test it in a car - start the car - unhook the battery and put a meter on it, is it the same for this boat? What should I expect for output? Thank you so much for you help.
  24. I recently bought a 2005 Chapparal 236SSi with the Volvo 5.7L. Water test went great, got to take the the boat on the water once and it ran great. I went out of town for a few weeks and tried starting it up this morning. Nothing. Each of the batteries was reading about 12V. I hooked up the charger and still nothing. When I attempt to start all of my electronics come on and I get good voltage readings. I previously owned a 180 Monterey with a 3.0L Mercruiser and a single battery. I have a fear from reading a related topic earlier this morning. When I took the boat out of the water a few
  25. Hi, I have a 2012 SF19H2O that always seems to not want to start. I replaced the cranking battery and now after a few times out it won't start again. Can someone tell me where to find the Alternator - I think it is on the wall next to the battery but the parts guide does not list it. Also, how do I test it - I know how to test it in a car - start the car - unhook the battery and put a meter on it, is it the same for this boat? What should I expect for output? Thank you so much for you help.
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