Sailing Canoe Battery Hold Down And Cable
Category: Sailing canoe, canoe, cruiser, battery, shore cable, trolling motor cable
Problem: In order to run the electric trolling motor at the stern of the canoe, I needed to have a deep cycle battery in the canoe, but I was concerned should the canoe capsize, the battery would fall out. Also I wanted as much weight forward as possible to balance out the canoe. However, I was trying to avoid attaching anything permanently to the canoe.
Action: I placed the battery in the bow of the canoe, which moves as much weight forward to counterbalance my weight in the stern, and places it at a narrow portion of the canoe. I created a stick of wood that went across the battery, angle cut on each end to wedge up in the canoe across the middle of the battery. I then ran a string up and back around the bowline eye mounted on the forward deck of the canoe, which held this stick in place. I cut a piece of 4″ PVC pipe with notches in it that fit between the stick and the top of the battery. This held the battery in place while allowing me access to the terminals. With the battery in the bow, I needed to get the electricity to the stern of the canoe for the electric motor. I had an old shore power cable that I used to run a lead back for battery connectors for attachment points for the electric motor.
Result: It worked great!
Additional Thoughts: I have never had the battery in a battery case but if I did, the same methodology would be employed to hold the battery in place.
When idea was conceived: About 1998
How much time it took to develop: 1 hour
How much money it took to develop: $4.00 for wire terminal connectors. Had the other components.
Current status: Sold the canoe by itself.
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