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October 1, 2008
i think that by leaving my Cabelas AGMs outside last winter they got fried or froze... They never took a good charge after last winter. I left them in the boat fully charged but didnt recharge them for about 75 days. Using Interstates now and charged them on Jan 2nd. I'm thinking I may pull them inside with the single digit weather coming.
What does everyone else do?
March 22, 2004
I brought both of mine in, probably in late November, when I realized I wouldn't be taking my boat out again for the winter. What I question is whether or not people drain their lower unit?
I had talked to a friend who has a vessel, with outboard engines, that is used exclusively in saltwater and he said he drains his for the winter. I guess that would make sense if you fear you have water in the lubricant but I am afraid that draining it would allow the seals to dry out.
Any thoughts on this? Thanks
May 8, 2006
May 2, 2013
Any deep cycle/cranking battery should not be in extreme cold temperatures. It kills the batteries and causes them not to hold a charge. I bring mine in and charge them once a month. That seems to keep them in good shape. As far as the lower unit is concerned, I wouldn't drain it unless you felt that most of the lubricant was gone and it was mainly water. You could also do your annual lubricant change when you store your boat for the winter and then you would see if the seals were compromised and also have your boat ready for the spring. I'm sure this goes without saying, but always store the boat with the motor in the down position, to make sure all of the water is drained out of it.
August 13, 2014
March 18, 2013
October 1, 2008
I just leave my minE constantly plugged in To the onboard charger.I usually fIsh somewhere straight through the winter,and I have never had a problem
That worked for me in 2010-2013 because I fished straight thru winter to spring. Last winter 2013/2014, the boat sat for 2 months when everythig was frozen after I last charged them. My mistake for sure. Cost me 2 batteries.
December 13, 2011