RE: electric downriggers
I have Scotty Electrics and use a seperate battery. I fish 6 days a week and charge the battery every 8 or 10 days. The battery is not connected to the elctrical circuit in the boat(just a extra battery as a spare). My kicker has a small alternator in it and if I were to connect the downriggers to the batteries in the circuit, I'm sure the alternator would keep the batteries up. Most of my friends here on the Oregon coast DO NOT have a seperate battery.