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Old 10-30-2014, 05:06 PM   #1
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The one Gadget or Piece of Equipment you would add

We're gadget people. We admittedly have equipment that probably isn't necessary. However, we do occasionally use it all.

So my question is for members here, what is the one thing your current boat doesn't have that you'd add first if price was not part of the equation.

Ours would be a filtering system for exhaust, especially generators, to eliminate the soot and smell.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:23 PM   #2
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Night vision goggles
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:40 PM   #3
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I have a very lengthy list to triage before making that choice. But first I need a much bigger boat to fit it (or them). Not to mention a significantly bigger wallet.

But if I have to shoot from the hip: Freedom Lift
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:47 PM   #5
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Night vision goggles
We were amazed at the clarity of night vision today. We were just familiar with some of the tv chases and such, like on COPS, where the vision wasn't so good. We have FLIR.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:52 PM   #6
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Both have limitations...32 years ago I proposed to senior officers in the USCG that either the USCG or the DoD write the software to combine the 2...not sure if it was ever done...but would be amazing...and amazingly expensive.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:56 PM   #7
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FLIR gyro stabilized night vision.
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Stern extension for an extra 5' length in the cockpit.
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FLIR gyro stabilized night vision.
+1 can't see my burgee at night.

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Along the FLIR line, we were on a friends boat that bought a camera out of a wrecked, very high end BMW. He mounted the camera on top of his remote control spot light and viewed it via a drop down automotive DVD player/screen. We were able to see birds sitting on the water at 200'. The detail was incredible. Still looking for the right deal.
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Old 10-30-2014, 09:30 PM   #14
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On our SeaRay I'd opt for a Class A AIS setup.

On the Whaler we just bought I'm going to add a depth/fish finder and bimini.

On the Whaler we have in WA I'm going to add a bimini.
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On our SeaRay I'd opt for a Class A AIS setup.

On the Whaler we just bought I'm going to add a depth/fish finder and bimini.

On the Whaler we have in WA I'm going to add a bimini.
You'll definitely be glad you add the bimini. Our tenders/dinghies had the option of bimini's and we almost didn't get them. But we do a lot of exploring as I imagine you may with the Whaler's and we're also conscious of the dangers of too much sun, so we're incredibly glad we have the tops.
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Not exactly one gadget, but pulling out all of the hodgepodge electronics and replacing them with a new suite of Furuno or Garmin networked electronics.
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Not exactly one gadget, but pulling out all of the hodgepodge electronics and replacing them with a new suite of Furuno or Garmin networked electronics.
+1.

Individually, I've got radar, chartplotter, fishfinder, pseudo-AIS (internet based only), mechanical engine instruments, autopilot and ER video. It would be great to have all these controls and data integrated and displayed on a couple panels and MFDs.
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Stabilizers would be my choice. However, if I could throw a pair of brand spankin new Cummins into my "one new gadget" bundle with my stabilizers I would check that additional options box.
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