Half 4 of Outdated to Up to date will present the method of repowering the boat.

Make amends for the collection:

Half 1: Bass Boat Breakdown

Half 2: Bass Boat Inside Repairs

Half 3: Minn Kota Raptor Set up

Welcome to Half 4 of Outdated to Up to date, I’ll stroll you thru my technique of repowering the principle energy plant of the rig by putting in X2 Batteries, and a number of the vital classes I discovered alongside the way in which. One of many instruments I’d extremely recommend for this step, and upcoming steps is a 10-ton Hydraulic Wire Battery Cable Lug/Terminal Crimper. I’ll give credit score the place credit score is due, my buddy and common In-Fisherman contributor Ross Robertson turned me onto this concept, and it’s made this whole mission a lot simpler. Get one. They’re not costly in any respect.

old battery

That is the outdated battery that powered many of the boat equipment and the earlier electronics. It was approach underpowered, and it an enormous mess. This appears to be like intimidating—and it made me grump, however simply begin figuring it out one wire at a time.

X2 batteries

The purpose was to interchange the three lead-acid batteries that made up the 36-volt system to run the Minn Kota Ultrex with three 12-volt X2 lithium batteries. That would scale back an amazing quantity of weight, but in addition a battery reconfiguration would permit for extra room. I additionally deliberate to interchange the principle crank battery with one or two 31-series X2 AGM batteries. The AGMs are heavy, however one as an alternative of 4 was an unlimited enchancment. I ended up solely inserting one of many AGMs within the rig.

labeled cables

As I went by way of all of the cables connected to the outdated battery, I totally labeled them so I knew precisely what went the place. A roll of white electrical tape and a black Sharpie made this job straightforward. This portion of the method was intimidating, however on the finish of it, I noticed it wasn’t that dangerous in any respect. You’ll be glad you probably did it.

new x2 agm crank battery

I’ll admit, this picture nonetheless makes it look clustered, however I additionally know the way far more organized that is. The connections are clearly labeled and the variety of connections was significantly minimized. I’m not connecting any of my electronics to this battery, extra on that later. Within the meantime, discover the buss bar within the prime proper? I put in that some time in the past and elected to maintain it in play. I attached lights and livewell to it. A slight little bit of rust confirmed up over the past two years, so I’ll hold that in thoughts if both the lights or livewell begin appearing up.

New master power switch

The present grasp energy swap bought fairly rusty, and I later came upon that was as a result of it was low-cost, and it was low-cost. So I upgraded to a Blue Sea 6006 single circuit swap . It’s heavy obligation, and once more Ross Robertson stated it’s the very best one to make use of. I consider him, he’s a boat-rigging wizard. I put the tape measure right here so you possibly can see the general footprint.

new master power switch different angle

Right here’s one other take a look at the swap earlier than it will get absolutely put in.

Old master power switch by new master power switch

Right here’s a take a look at the outdated swap (again proper) subsequent to the brand new one. It’s definitely a greater swap in really feel alone.


The holes from the earlier swap lined up completely with this one, so I didn’t must drill new holes. This was a strong improve.

hydraulic wire lug crimp

The ten-ton Hydraulic Wire Battery Cable Lug/Terminal Crimper was a game-changer for this mission It’s value each penny. You’ll want this software to adequately place lugs on the top of heavy wires just like the 4- and 6-gauge. You simply can’t connect lugs to wires that massive by hand—I attempted. This software is value it.

kit of wire lugs

This package of wire lugs and matching heat-shrink tubes price lower than $25, the second lower than $15. Low cost and helpful even after this mission is completed.

wire with lug

Be sure to put the warmth shrink on earlier than you connect the lug, or you’ll have wasted a great lug. The warmth shrink is a important part to completely waterproofing this technique. It’s fast and simple.

Heating wire lug and heat shrink

A warmth gun is a lifesaver and evenly heats the tubing with out burning your fingers. One other cheap software you’ll use time and again, obtainable at Dwelling Depot, or the like.

finished jumper cable

Right here’s the completed product. Virtually appears to be like skilled. Now we’re prepared to complete the jumper wires for the 36-volt system for the trolling motor.

trolling motor cables

Listed below are the completed wires. You’ll be able to usually purchase them at a {hardware} or auto components retailer, however the general price is cheaper to make them your self. Plus, it’s extra satisfying.

empty battery compartment

Right here is the compartment that can home two of three trolling motor batteries. I attempted each configuration attainable, however I may solely match two batteries in right here. The boat was initially constructed to carry a 24-volt trolling motor, so that is what I needed to work with. That is additionally why I wanted to customized bulid battery jumper cables so that they’d attain particular distances.

two of three trolling motor X2 lithiumbatteries

Listed below are two of the three X2 Lithium batteries put in.

Third battery compartment

Right here’s the third battery place. As talked about in a earlier installment, this compartment was initially meant for spare prop storage. I needed to break up this area with the third trolling motor battery and the 2 Minn Kota Raptor hydraulic pumps.

trolling motor batteries installed

Right here is the view of all three X2 lithium batteries put in. Very clear.

Back deck of the boat in progress

Whereas putting in the batteries, it was paramount to take advantage of that obtainable area and with corelating tasks, I labored on inserting the Raptor hoses. They have to be coiled up and tied collectively to suit neatly within the battery compartment. It bought tight, nevertheless it labored.

minn kota on-board charger

This can be a distinctive set-up for my boat. As I’ve stated a number of occasions, area is extraordinarily restricted within the power-plant space, so I pulled a trick taught to me by my buddy Gerald Swindle and connected the 4-bank Minn Kota Precision charger underneath the rear hatch. It’s value mentioning that my charger is an earlier era that occurs to be a special configuration than the brand new ones, and it suits completely in my boat. If I have been to improve the charger, I’d probably must discover a completely different spot for it. Proper now, it’s good. Oh, and this charger is certainly constructed to cost and keep lithium batteries.

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