Deep cycle batteries for cranking

I have a boat powered by a 350 Chev engine. I have two group 31 starting batteries entering their 11th season and figure it's time to replace them. I'm considering replacing them with two group 31 fla's that will be paralleled all of the time. Wondering if they will have enough oomph for cranking this engine. Has anyone tried something similar?
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  • EstragonEstragon Posts: 2,451Registered Users ✭✭✭✭
    IMHO, it depends.

    In my experience, true deep cycle batteries do "okay" in starting applications for boats. I wouldn't count on them to start my car in the cold though.
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  • softdownsoftdown Posts: 1,825Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    If I got 11 years the first time, I might do exactly the same thing the second time. The batteries must have stayed somewhat cool as a rule.
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  • mcgivormcgivor Posts: 1,894Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Question is, is the proposed use of deep cycle batteries to use them for loads other than starting? Doing so may reduce capacity when starting is required, otherwise there should be enough capacity to start since in parallel the plate count is double, in a pinch I've used a single 45Ah deep cycle to start my mini escavator with a 2.2 liter diesel. 
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  • 706jim706jim Posts: 205Solar Expert ✭✭✭
    I was just thinking that they might perform better when the boat is anchored and the electric fridge runs for a few days. I keep a Honda EU1000 as backup though.
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  • EstragonEstragon Posts: 2,451Registered Users ✭✭✭✭
    11 years is pretty good. Like softdown says, doing the same again may not be a bad idea unless the application has changed.
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  • mcgivormcgivor Posts: 1,894Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Did the refrigerator run on start batteries when anchored, previously ?
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  • softdownsoftdown Posts: 1,825Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    706jim said:
    I was just thinking that they might perform better when the boat is anchored and the electric fridge runs for a few days. I keep a Honda EU1000 as backup though.
    In that case, deep cycle would be a lot better for loads and still provide plenty of cranking power for a 350. They may run a really small fridge for quite some time.
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  • softdownsoftdown Posts: 1,825Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    I see the OP lives in an island cottage? Been thinking about islands lately. Spent a lot of time evaluating Iceland and the islands around it. When one is really ready to say "F*** Off" to the world - there are islands off of Iceland.

    The Philippines have a few thousand islands and most are uninhabited. But I get weary of heat and humidity as my over sized head needs a lot of cooling it seems.

    There are a lot of islands off the west coast of Canada and in southern Alaska. 
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  • EstragonEstragon Posts: 2,451Registered Users ✭✭✭✭
    A couple of interesting things about islands...

    They tend to be highly valued for privacy, yet are accessible and viewable from 360° around them (plus view from above). Almost voyeuristic.

    Once on one, one's mental "zone of exclusion" expands greatly. An apartment might have an exclusion zone of inches, like personal space on the elevator. On an island, it's miles.

    Just an observation.
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