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smilee_54

hey guys I have a question I want to put a battery in my boat I have the plastic box Does the box have to be secured down. If it does I am trying to figure out a spot on a old 73 lund thanks in advance

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iffy

Yes, It should be secured. If you have a flat floor just screw the tie downs down in a good spot and tie it down. If you just have the boat bottom, I'd just leave it sit.

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smilee_54

yea I just have the bottom of the boat. I was just wondering if there would be any legal issues with it

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sparcebag

I dont secure mine but I do have cutouts in the floor my batteries dont move.I use the plastic boxes to carry my batteries no acid burnt clothes.

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mnvikingsfreak

my battery is sitting on the floor in my runabout is it illegal not to have it in a battery box? its in a corner and doesnt move an inch where it is at now confused.gif

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iffy

I'm not aware of any laws regarding whether you need to have your batteries tied down. It's just a common sense thing. If posible tie them down. It could save you some $$ and a few headaches someday.

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traveler

We got pinched (by a knob of a warden, I must say) in the Port Washington harbor for not having the battery secered/terminals covered. He cited some federal law...Lake MI is coast gaurd waters, so I don't know about inland. Plus, it's WI, so there ya go...:)

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Hookmaster

I got checked on Pool 4 below the dam several years ago and the CO said the terminals need to be covered. I had my batteries in a box with covers. The batteries weren't in a compartment so if I didn't have them covered something could fall and connect the posts. I don't think I want to see the results of that. shocked.gif

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smilee_54

i do have a battery box. I just really don't have any place to secure it to. I could screw it into the bech seat but I don't like to do that. If I must I will do that thanks guys for your responses

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PierBridge

There has been a crackdown on battery's and battery compartments.

You are going to want to secure them anyway to avoid any problems like melting your boat or starting a FIRE.

Plus the less your battery bounces around the longer it will last.

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