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Old 02-26-2011, 08:52 PM
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:07 AM
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:53 AM
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:42 AM
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Autopilot. No doubt.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:48 AM
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
autopilot, gps, windlass..... all worth their weight in gold
second the gps don't have a windlass but my son sure would like me to get one the other option he wants is a wash down.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:51 AM
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autopilot! Its not a luxury, its a necessity. I cant solo fish w/o one.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:27 AM
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Not necessarily in order of preference:

[1] - Windlass. I now anchor places I wouldn't because of how easy it is, and this year I added a wireless remote in addition to my dash mounted switch so that I can go up to the bow to check on how the anchor is coming up (or if it gets stuck going down).

[2] - My Garmin 4212 is interfaced directly to my Yamaha engines which gives me real time fuel economy (both MPG and GPH) as well as tilt trim by degree, engine temperature, oil pressure, voltage, etc. I know that all of this is also on my Yamaha gauges but the Garmin interface is much better. Having the real time MPG and GPH off of GPS allows me to see how trim and speed change fuel burn (like many boaters I get better MPG at a higher speed).

[3] - A custom made SeaDek thick (shock-absorbing) helm pad which takes the jolt out of my feet, ankles and legs while at the helm for long trips. Standing on fiberglass was killing my legs but the SeaDek makes it so much more comfortable (and they did a great job on customizing it with the Grady White logo and matching the colors).

[4] - I had a custom square bean bag made to sit on top of my helm seat which turns it into a leaning post and allows me to lean back (rather than stand) while at the helm.

[5] - XM Weather

[6] - LED Forward and aft facing spreader lights on my radar arch (I don't run with them on, but they are very handy when docking at night).

[7] - Freshwater washdown (I keep my boat on a mooring so being able to wash my boat at the mooring is terrific!).

[8] - Great stereo!

[9] - Autotether wireless kill switch (I boat alone a lot and never wore the red lanyard but use this all the time).
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:37 AM
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Two biggest ones are

1. GPS plotter-make navigation even in remote or unfamiliar areas much less stressful. I grew up using compass and time, then loran, now GPS/plotter...

2. Fuel economy readouts...
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Yeti just made the list next to buy list this weekend! That is one cold beer!
Bean bags and shade are must haves too!
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:47 AM
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Bean Bags, GPS, washdown, freshwater shower and XM weather...perhaps the weather is the safest and the bean bags the most used....

Love the freshwater shower in the stern especially when we are swimming and snorkeling in the Keys...

If I was strictly a saltwater guy..the auto pilot would be up there....
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:38 AM
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"[1] - Windlass. I now anchor places I wouldn't because of how easy it is, and this year I added a wireless remote in addition to my dash mounted switch so that I can go up to the bow to check on how the anchor is coming up (or if it gets stuck going down)."

Great ideas! ksgoldmwan, I didn't know wireless control could be added to windlass. Where did you find it?
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:23 PM
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:05 PM
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Rod holders, more rod holders and still looking for places to put more...

Better insulation on the built in cooler.

Drink holders (spilled coffee and spilled beer are both bad).

Big bait tank (necessity for how we fish in Southern California)

I hope to ad underwater lights to the list soon ;-)
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:28 PM
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:00 PM
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