10 Feb Don’t get stuck on the water with a dodgy battery
With February being a busy time on the water, boaties and jet skiers are being reminded “you can’t get a push” if your battery fails.
Century Batteries Australian and New Zealand National Training Manager John Kilby has warned of the importance of ensuring there is enough charge to restart your engine for your home journey after stopping to fish or pulling up at your favourite beach.
“It’s not like you can wave down a passing car on a busy highway,” Mr Kilby said.
“There could be little or no marine traffic where you are: the weather can change and suddenly you are in a life-threatening situation.
“In some areas, lockdowns and reduced activity may have meant many watercraft have not been given as much use as in the past so checking the battery this summer has never been more important.
“We don’t service our boats as regularly as we service the car and time gets away from us; suddenly you realise the battery you thought you bought last year is in fact three years old.
“It could be close to its use by date or needing a good charge.
“Just as our auto battery doesn’t like the heat nor does a marine battery, and if it has been sitting on the back of your trailer in the sun it can also deplete its charge.”
Mr Kilby said like cars, boat technology continued to become increasingly complex incorporating advanced electronics and engine management systems all placing greater demands on a battery.
“Today’s fishers and boaties are running a lot of gadgets, charging their phones, running a fridge or playing music through a speaker all connected to the battery,” he said.
Boating battery safety checklist:
- Make sure your battery is properly installed and securely fastened.
- Check the terminal connectors are free of corrosion.
- Check the battery is fully charged, especially if you haven’t used the boat for a while.
- Don’t mix old batteries with new ones on the same battery bank: old batteries can pull down new ones to their deteriorated level.
- Turn off gadgets like ‘fish finders’ if you’re not using them. Even small loads can eventually sap a battery over the course of a day on the water.