|Posted: March 31 2008 at 13:29 | IP Logged
I have a question about the battery charger on my 2002 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer.
Last night we stayed on the boat and had the battery switch set to "both" overnight with the generator running. When we woke up this morning to head back to the marina, the port engine wouldn't crank and the battery voltage was reading 9 volts. Obviously the charger wasn't charging the batteries overnight with the generator on. I checked the battery water levels and added 7 bottles of Deer Park water to all three of them. Thank goodness for Deer Park! I was hoping that the batteries were just low on water, hence not holding a charge well. After I used my jump box to get the boat running, the alternator voltage was just around 12 v where the starboard motor was charging at 14.4 v. I think either the alternator may be going bad or that the boat's battery charger isn't turned on or functioning correctly. The ammeter on the charger was not reading any amperage reading while plugged into Shorepower or with the generator on. That's a concern.
My last boat has a ON/OFF switch on the panel in the cabin that was for the battery charger. I can't seem to find a similar switch in this boat. Is there one or does the battery charger automatically run once AC power is supplied (either by shorepower or the generator)?
Also, does anyone know if this year boat has a fuse for the AC side of the battery charger as some do? I couldn't seem to find it while looking this morning.
Edited by CaptMaxim on March 31 2008 at 13:40
2002 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer "Too Many Toys"
USCG OUPV Captain