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Old 10-15-2020, 07:01 AM   #1
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Last season we slept on the boat for one night. I was concerned about the battery lasting the night and still starting the motor the next day.
I used a battery operated light that had a suction cup to attach it.
When I woke up, I found the D batteries had gone flat through the night.

This weekend we plan on sleeping over for two nights, with cruising in-between sleeps.

My question is, will the battery sustain the anchor light all night and still start the motor the next day?

I am assuming the boat was designed to do this, but I am paranoid I will have a flat battery in the morning.

I have solar panels to charge the battery if necessary.
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:33 AM   #2
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Typically the boat has two battery banks one for starting/running and the other for house power. When at anchor you use the house bank so if it does run down you can switch to the starting bank in order to start the engine. You may also want to switch to a LED bulb which uses much less power than a standard bulb.
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Old 10-16-2020, 01:06 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply.

There is only one battery on this boat. I will look into a dual battery set up.
I just changed over to led.
The weather has put a stop to one night at least.
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