Battery Location, tail-heavy?

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Toby
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Battery Location, tail-heavy?

Hello,

My new-to-me Potter 19 has two batteries located in battery boxes beneath the cockpit, just aft of the cockpit steps.  They seem to have been installed there from the factory.  It seems like the weight of two batteries in this location would be like having an extra person in the cockpit.  I feel like the boat tends to be a bit tail-heavy, judging by how it handles when speed approaches zero (it likes to head downwind) and by how low it sits in the water with a couple stout crewmembers in the cockpit, and by how the bow bounces around in the chop when motoring. 

I've thought about either switching to one smaller battery in the original location under the starboard cabinet, or else maybe relocating both batteries under the v-berth.  If I ever went crusing, I would tend to stow things in the aft part of the boat anyway, so the weight up front would probably be OK.  She's not like a lot of sailboats that have a big heavy water bladder sitting under the v-berth.

But I'm new to WWP's in particular and to crusing sailboats in general, so I don't have much knowledge about the way things should be.

Regards,

Toby

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I agree with your instincts.

I agree with your instincts.  Having the batteries forward will balance the boat when you are in the cockpit.  A friend had a 19 with two batteries.  One was in the starboard cabinet and the second was under the V berth.  We only had one battery in our 19, and we never lacked for power in the summer.  We had a small solar panel and that extended the battery life.  But we could regularly go for a week at a time and run the cabin light and the anchor light with just one battery.