SV Pilgrim - 1979 Morgan 382 - Homeport: Beaufort, NC

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Battery Re-location Project Complete! Before and After Pictures.

I believe Morgan Yachts outfitted the M382’s with the house and starter batteries under the quarterberth on the starboard side of the vessel.  Here is and image of what we found aboard Pilgrim when she arrived in Beaufort, NC in late January 2014.

House battery bank (green) & Starter battery (blue) when we took ownership of Pilgirm

One of our initial projects was to clean up the residual mess and damage in the battery compartment. 

Removing wood cabinetry damaged by battery acid spill.

During this clean up we decided to re-locate the batteries.  Nearly 21 months later we can finally say the we are finished with the effort.

We removed a drawer and storage locker from below the salon seat forward of the galley sinks.

The salon seat forward of the galley sinks - site of the future house battery bannk.

We fabricated and installed a battery box capable of storing six 6V batteries.  This will be Pilgrim’s new house bank.

House bank install complete.
Two removable panels conceal the battery bank.

Battery bank closed.  We installed vents on the forward and starboard sides of the cabinetry.

We used the opening and the door face from the original drawer to create access to the battery monitor shunt, battery switch, and ANL Fuse.

Hinged access to shunt, battery switch, and ANL fuse.

Back at the quarterberth, we removed the deck and gutted the original dividers.

Deck and dividers removed from quarterberth.

We tabbed new dividers to the hull and created four new lockers… two outboard for storage; inboard and aft for the engine raw water thru hull and strainer, inboard and forward for the starter battery.

New dividers and deck in quaterberth.

In addition to the start battery the inboard forward compartment also houses the automatic charging relay, bilge pump switches, and the battery control panel.

Looking down into locker containing ACR, Start Battery, & wiring for bilge pumps and battery control panel.

The battery and bilge pump panel is located below the navigation station bench seat.  This is the site of the original battery selector switch.

Battery control & bilge pump switch panel below nav station seat.

For additional images and notes check out our – Battery Relocation Photo Album


  1. Man you guys do good work. You should hire out as consultants to the boat building industry.

    s/v Eolian

  2. I agree. Your boat is going to be a Hinckley when you are done. A boat to take you anywhere. Well, maybe not the Arctics, but who wants to go there? Try sunbathing with a polar bear sniffing you thinking "Hmmm, coconut meat!" Ken

    1. Thanks Ken. How is the trip south going?

    2. Wrong Ken. I'm Ken formerly aboard Westsail 32 Satori. With my heart disease my only trips are bedroom to kitchen. Got rest before the return trip. Ken

    3. Opps, sorry for the confusion. Just met, Ken from SV Huskabean, when he passed through Morehead City on his M382. Got my Ken's confused.

      Thanks for following along with our refit. Currently making progress on the rudder modifications, but cannot find the time to post updates and images.

  3. Nice work and answers some questions I had concerning the battery placement in a Morgan 38. How hard was it to route your charging cable from the alternator to the battery bank ? You state there is room for 6 batteries but I only see 4, future upgrades? How deep is that locker under the settee, deep enough for a traction battery like the trojan deep cycle J185 needing 15 inches or so?

    1. Bob, easy to reroute large gauge starter, ground, alternator cables under cabin sole. Created new battery box to fit six Full River 6V AGM Batteries. Currently only have four Batteries in box plus two wood spacers to fill the void of the two missing batteries. I am currently traveling and able to measure the depth of the box.

    2. Bob, Finally back from travels and able to measure depth of battery box. The 6V batteries in Pilgrim (pictured above) are less than 10" tall. The total depth available under salon seat is approximately 13". Do not think you would be able to fit 15" tall batteries in the area w/out significant modifications.