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Old 03-16-2010, 02:23 PM   #1
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The 5 most useful improvements on your boat

It could be fun to list the 5 most useful improvements you did on your boat. With a little explanation if you feel like it. Here's my short list.

1. Accumulator tank - couldn't stand to hear the water pump all the time
2. A good sound system with a sub-woofer and remote control - I love music too much!
3. Autopilot
4. A blue courtesy light in the cockpit - brings a*nice atmosphere at night and makes the boat look really cool
5. New batteries - I just need to know I have enough power when I need it
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:00 PM   #2
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RE: The 5 most useful improvements on your boat

Ok, here's mine.

1. Diesel hydronic heat, including outlets on the flybridge. In the PNW, a warm Admiral is a happy Admiral!

2. Autopilot. Especially for the Astoria to Neah Bay offshore run.

3. Laptop with remote monitor/nobeltec for navigation.

4. Satellite TV, I know this is controversial, but my wife is handicapped with very limited mobility. She is also the sports nut of the two of us, so this keeps her happy and entertained while I'm on the docks, up on the bridge, etc. In this case, a happy Admiral is a"warm" Admiral, if you get my drift. It is a Track It TV, or a 90% solution - for the other (stormy) 10% of the time, we shouldn't be trying to watch anyway.

5. 2 Ghz VOX headsets. Great for docking, particularly with the Wife's mobility issues, and sometimes limited sightlines from the bridge.
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:50 PM   #3
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The 5 most useful improvements on your boat

My fab 5, done for the PNW are:

Diesel hydronic heat
Fly bridge enclosure
Instruments - Headsets, Nobeltec and AIS
Bow thruster
Fuel transfer system to allow pumping to or from any of 4 tanks


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Old 03-16-2010, 07:20 PM   #4
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RE: The 5 most useful improvements on your boat

all DC fridge
diesel galley stove
extended swimgrid
sturdy boarding ladder
three stage regulator on alternator
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:11 AM   #5
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RE: The 5 most useful improvements on your boat

Solar charge system

Autopilot

Hydraulic windlass

Head galley and shower

Propane fridge / freezer .

Commercial grade rub rail

Queen bed with overheads hatch.

Home couch cushions for pilot house sitting.

Already had dry stack & keel cooling.
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:39 AM   #6
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Bow Thruster
Computer navigation system
Really good Alpine stereo with Bose speakers
Leather couch with fold out bed in the saloon
Satellite TV
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:47 AM   #7
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RE: The 5 most useful improvements on your boat

Autopilot seems to come up quite a bit.* Which is an addition I'd like to have.* But I can't seem to sort out an installation for less than $4k - $5K.* Is that in the ballpark or am I completely off base?

It would be for a 34' Marine Trader, mechanical steering.


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Old 03-17-2010, 07:56 AM   #8
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The 5 most useful improvements on your boat

4-5k sounds about right if you can't do any of it yourself. The installation is really quite easy except for the mounting of the hydraulic drive. On my MT the PO had a wood shelf built saturated in epoxy and then glassed to hold the drive not really rocket science but life with out the auto sucks (I know mine was down for a couple of months last year).

My list in no particular order:

re-design of salon
outlet and fridge on flybridge
underwater fish lights
big battery bank
genset

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Old 03-17-2010, 08:52 AM   #9
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RE: The 5 most useful improvements on your boat

1. Draft beer Tap
2. Nuclear engine
3.Auto anchor system
4. Auto docking system.
5. Anti-rain switch.*

Were we being serious here?
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:52 AM   #10
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Gen set
iota battery chargers
led cabin lights
speakers on the flybridge
new garmin gps on flybridge

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Old 03-17-2010, 12:09 PM   #11
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RE: The 5 most useful improvements on your boat

Toyo oil heater
forward looking sonar
forward looking sonar
forward looking sonar
forward looking sonar

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Old 03-17-2010, 12:59 PM   #12
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So how did the forward looking sonar work out?*
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:12 PM   #13
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1. Draft beer Tap
2. Nuclear engine
3.Auto anchor system
4. Auto docking system.
5. Anti-rain switch.*

Were we being serious here?
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I don't know how serious we are but I sure like the draft beer tap idea! In fact, it is such a cool idea I now feel compelled to do it!

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Old 03-17-2010, 02:51 PM   #14
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The 5 most useful improvements on your boat

Yeah me to. I have the gear. I am a home brewer. I use the cornelius kegs.
I run sea water for coolant 45 deg run it off my washdown pump. have a small bilge pump to circulate and change the water.
Just need to permanently install the tap. Now it justs hangs off the back deck. I want a real tap with an oosik for the handle.
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RE: The 5 most useful improvements on your boat

it is cool to see that people like their music on here like i do. another thing i was considering is a permanently installed margarita machine.
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it is cool to see that people like their music on here like i do. another thing i was considering is a permanently installed margarita machine.
How about powerful and portable?


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If I had me a 12 volt margarita mixer. I'd be listening to tunes too

A little Buffet goes a long way.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:25 PM   #18
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You've got it all wrong. Aged rum and tonic with a lime wedge, no electricity needed! It's all good Mon!
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RE: The 5 most useful improvements on your boat

I'm still looking to install a "Dial a Wind",

powered by a single D cell it lets one dial in the current wind speed and direction.
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:02 AM   #20
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"But I can't seem to sort out an AUTOPILOT installation for less than $4k - $5K.* Is that in the ballpark or am I completely off base?

An autopilot can be about a grand IF you have mechanical steering , a sail boat wheel system will work just fine.

If you are stuck with a wheel is the pump hyd setup , the sail system MAY work.

The hassle is the "cenerered " position on the wheel moves depending on internal leaks in the system.

WE have installed them on boats and the only downside is every "so often" the unit needs to be re centered.If its every hour or* half hour , its no big deal.

IF ITS EVERY 10 MIN ITS A PAIN !
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