A common issue that boaters face while trying to enjoy a day on the water, according to Tom-N-Jerrys Boats, is a lack of battery preparation. To avoid the hassle and frustration of calling it an early day, follow these battery tips.
In your emergency pack, which should be kept in a watertight container, you should always have spare batteries. This means batteries for your portable navigation devices, hand held radios, flashlights, or any other on-board accessories that require battery power. If you use rechargeable batteries in your devices, don’t forget to charge them before you leave dock. If you have not been out on your boat for a while, or cannot remember when you last used your battery operated devices, check their charges before you leave. Sitting unused for long periods of time can lead to drained batteries or batteries that have corroded. Better to be safe than sorry, replace those batteries before setting out.
If you use a dual charging system on your vessel, check that the selector switch on the unit is in the right position. Having the wrong charging option selected can lead to problems with charges that leave you stranded. Also, always make sure that the power is working to every part of your boat.
The crew at Tom-N-Jerrys Boat Center would also like to remind everyone that you should have one working fire extinguisher on every boat. When batteries are faulty, they can cause a spark, and you will want a quick way to prevent a fire.