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Old 10-04-2009, 10:49 AM
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Interstates here! We put them in every boat unless someone specifies something different.

That being said you do need to track down the source of the drain, or install a battery switch to physically shut everything off.
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:57 AM
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Hi all, I'm new and old hear have not posted since 2007. Optima I know well, I have used them for many years and with out issues. If they dont hold a charge its almost 95% chance a draw in the electrical systems of the vehcile. They are great batteries for boats, racing or anything where bouncing around is the norm. My company built a Optima car to lease them back in June 09. The battery is mounted on its side now for 6 months. No other battery can claim that possibility. The car is a street leagal stock car, about as wild as you can get for the street. Check our more on superstreetseries.com.
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:33 AM
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Like they say above, it doesn't matter what battery you have, if there is enough of a drain it will kill any battery. When I bought my X-2 it had one large Interstate which finally died and left the wife and I stranded on the lake. Talked to Interstate about some type of replacement and they pro-rated themselves out of my boat. I went with two smaller batteries from the local "Battery Warehouse", just about everyone has one near them. They sell kinda generic batteries. They will probably last two years, but at $35 each, not bad. After two years, I'll be happy to pitch them. So far this year they have worked great. We always have the stereo on and filling or draining ballast and they haven't missed a beat.
I have a lot of experience with the Optima batteries through work (racing team) and they are good when you need a battery like that, but IMO these boats don't need that type of battery. They are for high impact, high vibration and put out a constant 14 volts. These boats don't need any of those.
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:48 AM
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I guess I could leave it plugged in, and sometimes do forget and leave it on for a couple of weeks. I unplug it mainly to cut down on unnecessary electricity use, and just in case something were to over heat or short out.
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:23 PM
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Trying to minimize his carbon footprint?
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:19 PM
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Trying to minimize his carbon footprint?
Maybe a little bit, considering the boat, jet ski's, tow vehicle all sucking down gas, it's the least I can do for the environment. Plus the more I save on electricity, the more I have to spend on gas.
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:00 PM
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Maybe a little bit, considering the boat, jet ski's, tow vehicle all sucking down gas, it's the least I can do for the environment. Plus the more I save on electricity, the more I have to spend on gas.
I like your thinking.
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:10 PM
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Hi all, I'm new and old hear have not posted since 2007. Optima I know well, I have used them for many years and with out issues. If they dont hold a charge its almost 95% chance a draw in the electrical systems of the vehcile. They are great batteries for boats, racing or anything where bouncing around is the norm. My company built a Optima car to lease them back in June 09. The battery is mounted on its side now for 6 months. No other battery can claim that possibility. The car is a street leagal stock car, about as wild as you can get for the street. Check our more on superstreetseries.com.





I will beg to differ.
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:29 PM
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I will beg to differ.
Could you elaborate?
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