With so many options, battery selection usually comes down to application, budget and specific boat requirements, but I turned to some experts for advice.
“Most of our customers don’t really know which batteries they want or need,” explains Peter Wright Jr. of the Ship’s Chandler, a dealer in Destin, Florida, for Pathfinder, Maverick, Hewes, Blackjack, Frontier and Jupiter boats. Wright says most of the batteries they install are Interstate lead-acid and Optima gel batteries, although they have added some lithium models. “We make recommendations and always try to use the best battery for the application. But the footprint is very important. If possible, we like to group all the batteries inside the console so everything is protected. We can get three Optima Group 34 batteries inside the console of an 18-foot Maverick, or up to five on a 26-foot Pathfinder. That frees up space in other compartments for storage, keeps the electrical system out of the elements, and maintains the center of gravity near midship.