1987 Bass Tracker Overhaul

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Looks great. Maybe I should look into that gluvit, definitely some leaky rivets on my boat, but I really don't want to strip the floor out lol.
 

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Thanks for the replies!

Made some more progress today on framing, also cut all my foam (pink xps) and taped the ends. Maybe at some point I’ll add some pour foam but I was so disheartened with how waterlogged the old stuff was and how it blocked all of the drain channels I’m not sold yet. There was a triangular piece of wood I get the front cap of the boat, replaced that with aluminum and cut all my aluminum as well for most of the decking. Waiting on hatches to come in so I couldn’t progress further without knowing where I should add more suppport. Looking forward to buttoning this thing up before winter and then knocking out the wiring.
 

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One more. I’d like to put my batteries up front. Right now I have a deep cycle and a cranking battery. If I bought a Noco 5x2 and later decided to add a second deep cycle for a total of 3 batteries, I could just wire them in parallel and not have to get a 3 bank charger right? Appreciate any advice you all can provide unless I should just buy a 3 bank to start but other than the trolling motor and some time on the fish finder I don’t think I’ll use electronics all that much.
 

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Each battery has different charging needs. Charging 2 in parallel would probably work but I haven't researched it.

The problem with parallel batteries is that they both need to be the same model of battery and ideally purchased at the same time so they are both in the same condition. The weaker of 2 batteries in parallel will be constantly drawing down the stronger battery to equalize, so you want to get them matched together as closely as possible.

Now you could put a simple disconnect between the parallel batteries, and even add 2 separate pigtails for each battery and just swap the charge lead between the 2, but that won't help for a maintenance/float on both.
 

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