definition: Boat, a hole it the water you throw money into, and then swear..

Hi Guys,

Can any recommend a marine mechanic / electrician that is in the armadale

area or close to.


Haven't put the boat in the water in 6-7 weeks

put boat in the water, motor won't turn over, both batteries flat and sounder wont turn on

remove boat from water, charge batteries for 30 mins, motor turns over. sounder still won't turn on, gps does (seperate unit)

launch boat again, motor turns over but won't start and after 5 mins of trying starts to turn over slowly (battery going flat),

checked saftey switch, fuses, fuel etc.

remove boat and bring home.


A big thankyou to the guy at woodman point with the red & white boat that waited while I launched and retrieved infront of him.

was good to see fisheries there doing safety checks too.


I'm figuring an electrical problem somewhere, but where I don't know. Motor and boat ran fine when last used.

has only done about 25 hours since last service.

Suggestions gratefully accepted.




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Mon, 2013-01-28 12:38

How old are the batteries and do you turn them off (isolate them) when the boat is parked up?


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charge batteries overnight

Mon, 2013-01-28 12:55

charge batteries overnight and then try again.. 30mins charging won't get enough charge into a battery to have enough cranking amps to kick it over...

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30 mins

Mon, 2013-01-28 12:56

Will take closer to 24 hours to bring the batteries up, not 30 minutes.


After all doesnt BOAT stand for ""bring on another thousand''   and YACHT  stands for ''yet another C having trouble''

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Hi mate, do as suggested and

Mon, 2013-01-28 13:04

Hi mate, do as suggested and charge your batteries over night. If your still having problems, try the Marine Doctor. I swear by Sonny, can't say a bad thing about him. And he is Mobil..



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As others have said - charge

Mon, 2013-01-28 15:12

As others have said - charge batteries

When I had my old boat with an old two stroke I'd always turn it over at home on the muffs before hitting the ramps if it had been layed up for 4+ weeks.


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  Thanks guys for the

Mon, 2013-01-28 15:47



Thanks guys for the suggestions and recommendations, batteries on charge now

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Would've been worse if you

Mon, 2013-01-28 16:50

Would've been worse if you did get out and then it decided not to crank up...even after charging you'll have to determine if they are holding charge , if they're a couple of years old might have to get some newies to be on the safe side ...I just replaced mine with some 710cca boschys from Goodchilds in Jandakot around $140ea ...if you ever do  need a local sparky try Forrestdale Auto Electrics - Wayne 0409114871


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Mon, 2013-01-28 22:04

 Not that it will help you right now - but after replacing batteries every couple of years installed a pair of heavy duty marine batteries and a battery charger/ management system. Just come home and plugin like a caravan. Not had any issues for awhile now.

if you are still having dramas call Chandler Marine he is mobile and reliable