Batteries are not exactly to maneuver in and out of a cruising boat. They rarely have anything easy to grab and hold onto – plus old batteries may have battery acid outside … don’t want to hang onto that! Luckily our Trojan T105 6V batteries “only” weigh 62 pounds each. Still that’s quite a chore to lift them out from under the cockpit – out a lazarette, into the cockpit and ultimately over to the dock. But it’s much easier than when we had the 8D gel cells and had remove all our canvas so we could jerry-rig a hoist on the end of the boom to get them out.
When David lugged our six Trojan T105 batteries out of the boat, he tied a piece of line around each end to create a quasi “handle” — of course the line almost cut his hands to shreds, but he got the batteries out of the boat.
At the golf cart place, the guy taking the old batteries out of our truck and putting the new batteries in, had a cool little rubber handle that fit the Trojan T105s perfectly. We asked and sure enough, they sold the handle. So we bought one and getting the new batteries back onto the boat was much easier on David’s hands … if not on his back.
If you have Trojan T105 batteries, you may want to get a handle too before you need to remove them from the boat. The handles are available at most golf cart shops, anywhere that is a Trojan battery dealer, or on Amazon here:
If your batteries aren’t Trojans, Amazon also has a selection of more generic battery lifting straps that you may want to check out and save your hands. Amazon Battery Lifting Straps
Anyone with other tips to help get batteries in or out of a boat, please leave a comment and share. Cheers! Jan