Want to get some input from more experienced folks.
I have an 18.5ft CC that has never had a trolling motor on it. No holes, no wiring, no charger, blank slate...
I have acquired a 12v 55lb thrust Motorguide saltwater bow mount TM that I plan to install. I want to do it right, and make it last for years to come with as few problems as possible.
I plan to eventually install a onboard charger to charge the cranking and TM batteries.
First question... I can put the battery in the front of the boat, or the rear. Up front will be a shorter run of heavy wire to TM, and take up less of my usable storage space. I realize it is rougher in the front of the boat. Would that matter? I have already proven that the extra weight up front won't be and issue.
If I had battery in the front of the boat for TM, would I need to tie the negative terminal to the negative of the cranking battery to prevent corrosion/electrolysis issues? (Motorguide says to do this in the manual) But I assume that is with batteries that are in close proximity to each other, not 15ft apart.
Second question.... What do ya'll recommend as far as charging the TM batteries? Just charge at home and run them dead? Run a line from alternator to charge when Evinrude is running? or install a DC/DC charger?
All guidance and experience welcomed!
Edited by skint back (07/22/16 09:41 AM)