One of the most frustrating things that can happen to you when you're finally ready to leave the dock is a motor that wont start due to your battery. If you're an avid boater, chances are you have been there and know exactly what I am talking about. Whether you forgot to charge it from the time before or you didn't properly store it in the off season, theres no doubt that it will totally wreck your day. One of the best things you can do for your battery is to properly store it during the winter months to ensure your not dead on the water next spring.
Installing a marine battery may seem a bit compicated, but the process is usually fairly simple. If you know how to install a car battery, this will be a breeze. It's almost the same process. No worries if you haven't. We'll walk you through a few quick, easy steps. One thing to note: it is very important to be aware of the potential risks and dangers involved with battery installation. Working with electrical equipment is a risky process, and by taking necessary precautions, you can prevent yourself and others from being injured. If you have any questions or would like a certified mechanic to do this for you, give Van's Sport Center a call at (616) 364-0666.
To begin this process, you'll need a new boat battery. You should also have a battery box to protect your marine battery from the elements. You'll also need two different wrenches. One being the 1 1/2" and the other the 9/16". These are used for both removing the existing battery connections and installing the new one. Lastly, you'll need a small container of vaseline to use as source of grease for the new battery's terminals.