Boating - - BOAT DOCTOR -

Q: Dear Doc, I have been try­ing to track down a drain on the house bat­tery on my 2008 Pur­suit 285 OS. I keep the boat in a dry stack, so it’s gen­er­ally not con­nected to shore power and con­se­quently the charger. The bat­tery is new and con­nected to a cut­off switch, and there are no di­rect loads on the bat­tery. I as­sume that there is a di­rect con­nec­tion for the bilge pumps near the junc­tion box with the bat­tery switches. The only anom­aly I no­tice is that some­times the AM/FM ra­dio turns on when the ig­ni­tion key is turned on even though it was turned off when the boat was put away. I know there is gen­er­ally a di­rect con­nec­tion for the ra­dio to main­tain the mem­ory, but I as­sume that it is con­nected to one of the en­gine bat­ter­ies. Where is the best place to start look­ing?

Phil Petito Del­ray Beach, Florida

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