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Old 11-15-2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Best Modification

Best Modification(s)

I have searched and haven't found one on the Forum so I thought I would start one. What is your best modification to your boat, whether it be engine, cosmetic, fishing related, it doesn't matter. Whatever you feel has been your top...For me so far its been,
Changing the boot stripe color (much more appealing).
Adding our chosen name to the boat. Can't wait to see it!

I am going to post in a different thread a link once it's splashed showing all the new changes/improvements Maybe a short video.


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Old 11-15-2013, 01:23 PM   #2
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Increasing the size of the swim step by 50%. With the old teak step, you had 6 inches of usable walking space due to the reverse angle on the transom. Now I can stand on the swim step, net or gaff fish, clean fish, and drag the kayak up out of the water. Next was Sirius satellite radio.

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Old 11-15-2013, 01:31 PM   #3
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Outside helm and Morse controls and a chair in my aft cockpit--next best thing to a flybridge. I'm not a fan on indoor boating unless there is foul weather. Note the smoke stack for the pellet stove, which was removed. This was the 2nd best modification because I can now add some cabinets!
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:51 PM   #4
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:16 PM   #5
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Working head and a properly vented holding tank.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:04 PM   #7
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Working head and a properly vented holding tank.
Can't run without that. Amen.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:37 PM   #8
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Changing the old windlass to one that powers down as well as up, along with controls for same at both helms means I can now anchor without starting divorce proceedings.

New, modern, electronics including a MFD at both helms were a must and have been appreciated on all trips, especially when navigating in heavy fog.

But perhaps the best mod was last year moving the dinghy from the sun deck hardtop to a set of custom mount St Croix davits at the cockpit. Besides making it much quicker and safer to deploy, particularly when there is any wind, the dinghy no longer blocks the view aft from the fly-bridge. I used to have to stand up to look over the dink. Same with crew and passengers. Now everyone gets a 360° view of our wonderful scenery.

Downside is I pay for an extra 3' at transient docks. I can still put the dinghy on top, but haven't felt the need to do that since mounting the davits.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:38 PM   #9
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A 9.9hp outboard kicker mounted on a swivel bracket on the swim step. No towing services around here, and can go days without seeing other vessels where we boat. Never needed to use it, but nice to know it's back there, just in case...
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:46 PM   #10
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My favorite has been replacing all the cabin lighting with LEDs and adding LED rope lights:



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Old 11-15-2013, 03:53 PM   #11
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Working head and a properly vented holding tank.
Do you have details on this? I think I have a problem with my vent.
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:08 PM   #12
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Oh, I forgot the memory foam/gel topper for the bed. That completely transformed a barely tolerable mattress into luxurious comfort
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:24 PM   #13
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1. Memory foam for aft-stateroom
2. Full eisen-glass enclosure for aft deck
3. Texilene sunshades on front and side windows.
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:30 PM   #14
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First thing I did when I bought both boats was to completely redesign & rebuild every single hatch and fit them with hinges for instant access to every system onboard. I then scrubbed, sanded and painted everything below decks. When access is easy, its easy to maintain and keep clean and much more likely to be kept that way.
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:06 PM   #15
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Boom extension

Extending boom length by two feet and adding an electric winch. Dingy ops are a breeze now.
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Try # 2 - just noticed I hit "post" too fast

Mine are more upgrades than mods:
  • Replaced the 1980s era electronics with a complete Raymarine electronics suite.
  • Replaced the saloon and sundeck furniture and recovered the dinette furniture.
  • Installed a forced air diesel heater.
  • Replaced both Jabsco toilets with Raritan macerating units.
  • Replaced the ventless washer/dryer combo with a vented unit.
  • Installed a tank monitoring system
  • Replaced the Realistic cassette deck, and installed a Sirius Satellite radio with remote and amps.
  • Installed a 12v Audiovox Blu-Ray player (indash install), and trashed the VHS player.
  • Installed LED lighting in the galley, saloon, and engine room.

The 2 best mods done to the boat are:
  1. Memory foam mattresses (with anti-mildew mats underneath) in both cabins
  2. The PO installed a small inverter to power the TV and internet router.

Life onboard is very nice
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:27 PM   #17
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When I bought Beachcomber and had her shipped to our area from Detroit I had several things installed.....
Bow thruster & two dedicated batteries for it
Extended Swim Platform
Large Inverter & three dedicated batteries for it
Generator exhaust water separator

It's hard to say which I think was the best one, but the Gen exhaust water separator comes in close to the top. When the gen is running you can hardly hear the exhaust when you're standing next to it. If we're rafted up, people on the next boat don't even know the gen is running.
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:31 PM   #18
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#1 & 2 - we're on Lake Michigan so replacing the 2 gallon treat and discharge system with a 55 gallon holding tank.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:10 PM   #19
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Man...I've done so many mods, I don't know which one to pick. Maybe the candidate for the top of the list would be the one that's happening right now, and that is the removal of the genset from its hellacious space beneath the galley to its own spacious hatch in the veranda. Moving this genset may be liken to moving every other system on the boat. For one, the other systems below the galley become easily accessible (charger, inverter, hot water heater, waste tank, etc.., just as if I moved all of them to a better space. The other plus is that once in its new hatch in the veranda, I'll be able to stand on either side of the genset for servicing. No more so-called "service side" of the genset. It hasn't been cheap or easy, but the unit is out and being reconditioned now....should be ready to install in another two weeks.
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Removing the two fixed swivel chairs from the cockpit, although comfortable they proved awkward. Replaced with a couple of comfy patio chairs found at Home Cheapo that really improved the use of space.
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