Battery issues over the cold weekend on Lanier. Jan 6, 2014 16:57:06 GMT -1
Post by 33788 on Jan 6, 2014 16:57:06 GMT -1
I've never seen this before in my 15+ years boating. Even though I didn't fish in the cold as much in the past. I have (3) Auto-Zone Duralast Marine batteries. All 3 are multi-purpose deep cycle and starting batteries. Purchased them less than 2 years ago so I imagine they're still in good working condition. My last set of Duralast lasted 4 years. I've not had issues before with this brand until this past weekend. Before it was Everstart but I gave up on that brand. The issues I was having is on my trolling motor which is a 12 volt Motor Guide 54# either drained or the battery was just not lasting very long. So I switched to the spare and had the same results with in 30 minutes of use. So ended up using the motor to troll and idle as things got to fast. My cranking battery started having similar issues just not giving it any juice too. We launched out from Charleston Park and fishing in the Bald Ridge area then motored back to 4 Miles area is when my motor wouldn't turn. I'd turn the ignition at least 5 times before the engine would turn. With that we got worried so we motored back past Brown Bridge and fished the area so we could be close to our launch area. With not a nibble we decided to call it a day and the wind picked up. Tried to crank the motor again and same results 6 turns of the ignition before there seemed to be any sparks to start the motor. My question is could it been to cold for the batteries so they give up on the the trolling motor and motor. The only thing I can find in common is they're all Auto Zone Duralast brand under performing in cold 30+ degree weather maybe even colder. All 3 batteries worked flawlessly my last trip which was back in mid December fishing in 50+ degree. They are charged via an on-board charger. Any ideas or feedback you may have I will appreciate, thanks ahead.