The sea breeze swoops down with a rush. The waves fly past, some rocking your boat back and forth. If you’re in the right zone and not speeding, you may see some fish, or even a manatee mother and her calf. If you are driving, you are on top of the world. If you hire a skipper, you can sit back and drink some margaritas as the sun sets.
You want to enjoy this last day of sunshine. When the weather gets colder, you won’t want to be on the water because the sea breeze becomes frigid and forceful. But you know you have to make sure during the off-season to maintain your boat. Most importantly, you need to maintain your batteries.
Why Replace Your Marine or Boat Battery?
Like car batteries, marine batteries can go flat due to overuse or underuse, especially if you live in a place with snow. Unlike with car batteries, which use a cranking system and jumpstart an engine so that it can move, marine batteries can also come in deep cycle models because they need to power more than a boat’s engine.
Cranking batteries are good for simple motorboats, but you need deep cycling for yachts or ships that use GPS and fish locators. Yacht owners tie deep-cycling batteries together into a power bank to run their refrigerators and motors. Or you can get a dual purpose marine battery, which can provide jolts of energy or sustain boat facilities for the long-term. This is better for fishing professionals because they will have one battery that can start their engine and also manage their fish finder, at a smaller capacity. Boat battery size also matters for deep cycling, because it determines the amount of energy stored.
As for the battery materials, you can choose between wet-cell, lithium-ion, gel or Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM). Wet-cell batteries are the most affordable and common, requiring constant water level checks for maintenance, while gel batteries use the same electrolytes but don’t need that maintenance. Lithium-ion batteries have the longest life cycle and lightest weight but are also the most costly. You need to know your budget, and how much you can carry when installing or changing batteries. AGM will become more and more common because they require less maintenance.
The right battery choice can make or break your boat ride. You need to choose a model within a budget that will support your needs. Otherwise, you would need to do a charge over the water, and risk drifting away. In an urbanized area, a dead battery could be dangerous on New Year’s Eve when combined with speeding partygoers on the water; in the open sea, you could end up in a Cast Away situation.
Why Buy Boat and Marine Batteries with P.S. Janitorial?
Performance Systems Janitorial focuses on providing you the products you need at reasonable, affordable prices. We can offer cheaper options on the exact same battery, using voltage and energy capacity. Our team of experts does the research on what crank or deep cycle battery will suit your motor needs best. We have the models that you need to get your boat up and running and to maintain it year-round. In addition, we also sell chargers so you don’t have to go to multiple retailers for the energy you need to rev your motor.
Don’t sink or swim today; power up your motor instead! Contact us today to find the perfect model for your nautical beauty.