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?
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.
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.
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!
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?
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
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
This year I am rolling on some truck bed liner to my floor of the boat. (Nothing heavy but just a good coat)
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.
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.
What is a trolling valve?
Originally Posted by FISHFACE
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dan where did you get those tight locks it's just what I've been looking for? Are they stainless or plastic?
I have a swim plate form stomp grate trim tabs and a sand trap being put on
The Tite-Loks are aluminum, and there are several different styles. Sportsman's Warehouse and B&J Commercial both carry them.
Originally Posted by FISHFACE
Absolutely! Both units offer serious piece of mind.
Originally Posted by PastorBob
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.
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
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)
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
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
Stainless fender racks
Swimstep cooler tie downs
Slide back electronics "tray"
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!
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)
Big Jon down riggers
Several Fish on rod holders
Electric pot puller with davit
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.