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trolling motor and battery question

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i currently have a near empty hull on a 15'4" high sider (excluding 2 swivel chairs). i do have a trolling motor that i intend to use but i am unsure of how to properly and safely store the battery on board. anyone have any input? also i was wondering what maintenence and cleaning needs to be done after use of a trolling motor in a salt water environment? any help would be appreciated