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    Default VHF & winterization

    Do you pull your VHF radio out for the winter and store it warm?

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    I have done it both ways, I forgot one year. It still worked fine, but it certainly can't hurt to pull it anyway.
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    left it in 2X in a row works fine. if last winter didnt kill it .......... GPS and comes inside in the winter
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    Ya know, I left everything in my boat last year. GPS and all. But, it was a new toy and it turned into my man cave for the winter. Everything survived just fine. But this year the GPS came out. Mostly to prevent it from being stolen. Does everyone remove their batteries or plug in the onboard charger every now and then? I'm planning on using the boat throughout the winter for kings and deer, so I hate to go thru that hassle every time.
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    My VHF, radar and GPS are flush mount and not easy to remove so they've stayed over the winter no problem. My new sounder can be removed easily so it's in the house. I run and extension cord out to it to keep shore power on so the batteries are charged up and no problems.

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    I pull everything out and use one of those smart chargers for the batteries, they stay nice and snappy all winter.

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    VHF is flush mounted and stays in the boat, GPS/Finder is gimble mounted and is removed.
    I leave the onboard charger plugged in all winter. If the batteries need it the charger will come on automatically.


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    My radar and GPS are removed and stored in a heated garage. The VHF on my boat [2007] is hard-wired so it has been left in and so far so good. I remove my battery and while I have used the standard charger from time to time to keep it topped up, I'm looking into tenders for both the boat and the camper this season. I pick up my boat tomorrow from winterization at Dewey's so I need to figure out which tender to get pretty soon.

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