Building A Reservoir Rig - A Guide To Building An All-Electric Fishing Boat

The purpose of this book is to act as a guide to building an all-electric reservoir fishing boat also known as a "reservoir rig".

Introduction

The purpose of this book is to act as a guide to building an all-electric reservoir fishing boat also known as a "reservoir rig".

Know The Rules and Regulations Governing Your Watershed

some stuff here about watersheds in general and then specifics on the reservoirs owned and managed by Baltimore City.

Boats - Things to Consider When Building a Reservoir Rig

some stuff here about boats

-things to consider
-Weight - dry and capacity
-Hull material (aluminum rivoted, all-weld, fiberglass)

-Decking material (aluminum highly recommended vs. wood.. include list of businesses offering custom metal work!)

-carpeting
-Hull type: flat, modified, semi-v)
-Trailering
-Boat size / dimensions
-Estimated cost
-Dealers: in the area, including preferred and sponsoring
-Features (steering, livewell, seating)

Battery Selection

intro to battery selection

key sections
-Types of batteries on the market(lead acid, lithium, sealed)
-Battery Considerations (cost, weight, location in boat, wiring, terminal(s) type, reserves, etc. )
-Dealers and discounts
-Battery life, care and maintenance (including battery life

Battery Considerations -

Battery Considerations (cost, weight, location in boat, wiring, terminal(s) type, reserves, etc. )

Example battery specifications e.g.
http://www.exide.com/Media/files/Downloads/TransAmer/Transportation%20Am...

Battery Dealers

list popular battery dealers in the area and those preferred and sponsored by Metro Reservoir Anglers...

Battery Life, Care and Maintenance

Stuff here about routine maintenance, cleaning, protecting, winter-care, and life expectancy

Type of Batteries

list stuff here about types of batteries.
-lead acid
-lithium
-sealed/maintenance free,etc.

Battery Chargers

list stuff here about battery chargers

Types/size
-12volt
-36,48,60+
-considerations for types like lithium,

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Battery Chargers - Dealers

List popular, preferred and sponsoring battery charger dealers

Wiring

this section will contain everything about wiring
-Types of wiring (the right gauge for the right purpose)
-Tools (crimpers, wire brush, drill bit wire brush)
-Connectors
-Videos - how to wire

Tools For Wiring An All-Electric Boat

this section will contain everything about wiring
-Tools (crimpers, wire brush, drill bit wire brush)
Lug nut crimper

-Connectors
-Videos - how to wire

Type of Wiring

this section will contain everything about
-Types of wiring (the right gauge for the right purpose)

Videos - Wiring Batteries in a series

placeholder for wiring batteries in series (for more volts) vs. in paralllel (for more amps)

Wiring Connections

list type of common connectors here -
-copper crimp on
-snap/lock connections (especially for charger)
-to stud vs. non-stud
-shunts

Battery Gauges - Battery Meters

this is a placeholder for all things about battery gauges

-measuring volts vs. amp draw (volt/ampmeter)

-types (12volts,48+ volts - e.g. xantrex)
-handhelds (including flukes)

Motors - Electric Boat Motors

This section and subsections will include all topics about motors
-trolling vs. primary motor
-Considerations for primary motor (cost, maintenance, servicing, mounting, weight, steering, trailering, amp draw, cooling,etc.)
-Common types of primary (e.g. Ray, Reservoir Runner, Parson, Torqeedo ... with links to all)
-Dealers - (list, preferred and sponsoring)
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Motor Mounts - Stationary Mounts, Tilt and Trim Hydraulics

This section and subsections will discuss:
-Various types of stationary mounts (e.g. Mini Jacker, and manual jack plate)
-Various tilt and trim hydraulics (e.g. CMC PT-35 Power Tilt and Trim)

Livewells

This section will focus on livewells and products for catch and release tournaments.

-livewell types (portable, built-in aluminum or plastic/fiberglass)
-oxygen generators: (bubbler, oxygen injected (e.g. Robs)
-livewell additives (warn about oxygenator and livewell additive X producing chlorine.. also know the size of your livewell and additive recommendation.)
-Fishcare and Management (e.g. clean water, icing, fizzer, etc.)

Fishcare and Management

-Fishcare and Management (e.g. clean water, icing, fizzer, etc.)

Livewell Additives

while on the subject of livewells, we should mention livewell additives. -livewell additives (warn about oxygenator and livewell additive X producing chlorine.. also know the size of your livewell and additive recommendation.)

Oxygen Generators

this section will be everything about oxygen generators
-link to robs blog entries about his and product list
-ice chest type is simple, popular, and least cost and very effective.
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Types of Livewells

portable coolers, built-in aluminum, plastic or fiberglass

Electronics

all things electronics here - fish finders, gps, etc.