Hi, I’m Cathie Trogdon and I’d like to share an idea about keeping pesky batteries in order at the start of the boating season after a long winter of boat storage.
It’s always a sad time when we shrink wrap our boat in the Fall and a joyful time of anticipating a summer of fun when we remove the shrink wrap a few weeks before our first cruise. It takes a while to gradually prepare all the systems, drain the pink stuff, bring the bedding and towels on board, refill the water tank, and provision with food and cleaning supplies. One thing I always forget to do is make a list of batteries to bring back onto the boat. We make it a practice to remove and discard the batteries from the equipment on board at the end of the boating season, but I can never remember what kind and how many to bring back. This year I finally created a battery list to store with the boat items we keep in the house over the winter. We need everything from AAA to D batteries.
Here’s a list of all the equipment on our boat that require batteries, what size batteries they use and how many are needed.
|Fujinon Stabilized Binoculars||AA||4|
|Weems & Plath Ship’s Bell Clock||AA||1|
|Weems & Plath Endurance Clock||N||1|
|SOS Distress Light||C||3|
|Infrared Laser Gun||9 Volt||1|
What does all this have to do with Weems & Plath? Did you know that we recommend you always remove the battery from your quartz clock at the end of the boating season? This is so that the clock doesn’t continue to draw energy out of the battery (even a dead battery) and cause a drain that might permanently damage and corrode the clock movement. Many of our clocks have a lifetime warranty, but if the movement has evidence of battery corrosion, the warranty is void. Battery corrosion is not unique to clock movements and that’s why we replace the batteries on all our boating equipment annually.
Oh, and also it’s a good idea to remove the batteries from your SOS Distress Light at the end of the boating season. It’s much easier and more cost effective to replace batteries in your electronic distress signal each year than to replace expired flares every couple of years.
For more tips on how to stay organized on your boat, check out this post from The Boat Galley: https://theboatgalley.com/organizing-to-move-aboard/