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    Default mods to your boats?

    Just seeing what everyone has done to personalize their boats and make them work better for them.

    Things like: Gun racks, rod storage racks, anchor storage, heaters and defrost, cleaning tables and wash down hoses, exterior lighting for driving and or working/ fishing, interior lighting, insulation or sound deadening, headsets for talking, storage ideas, winches, hand rails, side rails, etc?

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    Anyone who owns a boat are always in constant modifications! That's why its called a black hole to throw our money down!

    I have put a light bar over my soft top (I have a wooldridge 20' Xtra Plus). I have anntenas, lights, GPS and of course a flag pole. Finishing up a modification to my duel battery system.

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    Just fitted my boat with new cannon MAG 10TS tournament series Electric downriggers and a new pot puller that fit on my down rigger base. The only thing I left to do is to put a trolling valve on my boat.
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    Default I use to have

    a 24' Glasply, excellent boat, with a 350 I/O Volvo Penta. It had an enclosed cabin with an Alaskan bulkhead modification. We would freeze on our early spring bear hunts until I took a heater out of a junked Volvo auto and installed it into a storage box under my feet at the drivers station.

    I ran hoses to the water pump on the engine and while running you would always stay quite warm and comfortable with the 2 speed fan.

    I miss that boat!

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    What type of lights are you all using for driving and fog? How are you mounting them(on light bars or recessed in the bow)?

    Anyone put gun racks in the cabin?

    Where are you storing your landing nets?

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    Default Lots of stuff

    extended the hull 6'. It's now a 30' sea runner
    sadle tanks- extra 97 gallons of fuel
    fish box 2' bigger- original fish box must have been made for Wash/Or. flounder
    wallas diesel heater
    wash down pump
    bentley mariner seats
    garmin 2010c
    windlass
    pot puller
    4 electric down riggers
    transom fish box that the new sea runners have
    diamond plate deck
    upgraded motors to 150's
    aluminum half canopy over deck

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    This year I am rolling on some truck bed liner to my floor of the boat. (Nothing heavy but just a good coat)

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    I put a beer holder in the back of my lund!.....does that count?

    Stupid Rich Boys........

    Just kiddin guys, but these boats are bigger than my cabin.

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    Default Last years additions

    Last year I installed an electric Windlass. (Getting to old to be yanking all that line) Also installed a second battery and switch and fuel flow guage. This taer is a pot puller and access doors on the rear transom covers on my Hewescraft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FISHFACE View Post
    Just fitted my boat with new cannon MAG 10TS tournament series Electric downriggers and a new pot puller that fit on my down rigger base. The only thing I left to do is to put a trolling valve on my boat.
    What is a trolling valve?
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    Default Trolling valve

    It's used on inboard diesels (and maybe gas) engines that can not idle slow enough to troll. I believe it is like and extra low gear.

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    I put rod holders just about everywhere. In addtion to my rocket launchers, I have a pair of Tite-Loks on each side of the cabin for my landing nets, harpoon, and long-handled gaff. I have some homemade rod holders behind the bench seats in the cabin. In the rear fishing area, I have four of the plastic Scotty rod holders for my halibut rods and four of the pivoting Tite-Loks for trolling (love those things). I installed an aluminum brace to mount the rear rod holders in my SeaRunner.

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    Found an almost new 12,000 lbs trailer,(replaces 9000 lbs that was maxed)putting a Carlisle HBA-16 electric over hydralic brake unit on it and a rack on the boat to carry my 10' Naiad and 4 kayaks.

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    Default Boat mods

    I have done a lot of the things mentioned but the two best by far were the gps and the fuel flow meter. They are both, hands down, worth the cost. If you going any distance off shore the fuel flow meter is invaluable and if you do any running around the bays and islands of PWS or Seward the gps is invaluable. Don't know how I ever did without either one.

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    Dan where did you get those tight locks it's just what I've been looking for? Are they stainless or plastic?
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    I have a swim plate form stomp grate trim tabs and a sand trap being put on

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    Quote Originally Posted by FISHFACE View Post
    Dan where did you get those tight locks it's just what I've been looking for? Are they stainless or plastic?
    The Tite-Loks are aluminum, and there are several different styles. Sportsman's Warehouse and B&J Commercial both carry them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PastorBob View Post
    I have done a lot of the things mentioned but the two best by far were the gps and the fuel flow meter......Don't know how I ever did without either one.
    Absolutely! Both units offer serious piece of mind.

    I have a Garmin chartplotter with the Blue Chip marine charts. I have found LOTS of good fishing spots by looking for underwater structures on the chartplotter.

    I first heard about the fuel meters from the Coast Guard Aux guy that did my boat inspection. After hearing about it, I ended up installing the Navman 2100 in my boat. After using it, I think a fuel meter is another one of those "must have" items.

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    Wink Just getting started...

    Now that I've had my boat for 10 years, you can imagine the list of add-ons continues to grow...here's what I can recall off the top of my head:
    24 mile Raytheon Radar
    Raytheon GPS chart plotter
    Delay windshield wipers
    Raytheon Autopilot
    ICOM M127 VHF radio w/14' antenna
    19" Sony color TV and Sony VHS VCR
    Carbon Monoxide detector
    Standard Horizon GP1000 GPS Chart Plotter
    Rear deck color video camera (wired to chart plotter)
    Fujitsu 10 DVD/CD deck with 500W amplifiers and Bose speaker system
    Lower helm footrest with chart storage
    Standard Horizon Intrepid VHF (bridge) with RAM mike in forward berth
    Fisheye underwater cameras (color and B&W)
    Canon downrigger
    Flush mount rod holders on deck
    Built in tackle box
    Weaver davits on Zodiac
    Outboard motor storage bracket
    Rear deck tie downs (for carrying extra fuel on really long trips)
    Lazarette rod racks
    13,500 BTU furnace with fuel tank (hot water)
    Paper towel holder
    Magazine rack
    Thermometer, barometer and ships clock
    Davis weather station
    Spice rack in galley
    Binocular holder in salon
    Mooring line rack on rear bulkhead
    Heaving line rack
    Oil changing pumps on each engine
    Packless sealing system (replacing packing glands)
    Custom built exhaust blankets for turbo's
    Air horns
    Stainless fender racks
    Swimstep cooler tie downs
    Slide back electronics "tray"
    Intercom system
    Forward scanning depth sounder - Echopilot

    And the best part is that the boat came with a whole list of things that I didn't have to buy and install....like a windlass, raw water washdown, rear deck sink, microwave/convection oven, refridgerator, 3-burner stove, central vacuum system, bridge & window covers, and lots more! Saved me a ton of work!

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    It may sound like bragging to list the mods a guy makes to his boat but that’s half the fun of being on this forum. It is also fun to personalize a run of the mill boat even if it came with a bunch of nice equipment to start with as my Grady White did. Here is my list.

    Fish cleaning table that hangs over the side and is removable and stores under the gunnel.
    Fish cleaning table that is the underside lid of my bolted down fish box with tackle storage built in. Drains overboad
    Stainless radar arch and JRC radar / GPS unit
    Auto pilot ( I wouldn’t be without it after having it)
    Flo Scan (fuel meter)
    Radio/CD player
    Big Jon down riggers
    Several Fish on rod holders
    Electric pot puller with davit
    Anchor windless
    Extra Bruce anchor and rode
    Diesel forced air heater

    Even with this list I have to say S E Mike has got the "Bragging Rights" so far.

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