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Diagram of 36 volt hookup for trolling motor, i have a factory 24 volt wiring in my boat and I need to turn it into a 36 volt please help thank you

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    need diagram on how to hook all leads to the batteries to make the series

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To get 36 volts, number batteries 1 thru 3. connect pos 2 to neg 1, connect pos 3 to neg 2, connect pos 1 to trolling motor controller and neg 3 to ground on trolling motor.
This is only a solution for 3 battery system.
For 4 battery system, connect 4 to 3 pos to pos and neg to neg.
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I am getting a charge between my aluminum boat and the trolling motor system. I get a white buildup on the motor shaft and the outdrive anodes. It may also be burning up other electronics as my GPS antenna and 2 radio's have recently died.
Can I ground the batteries to the hull?

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