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Old 09-07-2014, 07:42 AM
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Default what are some of the DIY ideas on your boat.

Everyone has a few things they have made or done on or for their boats. Figured a thread dedicated for this would be great. I'm sure there are some on here already but a new one wouldn't hurt.

For example we keep one rope on the boat usually thinner in diameter then the docking lines that has a stainless steel clip on one end. we clip it to the cleats and theres no need to tie the ropes when launching. when solo launching I clip it to the eye, and tie it to the trailer. not a huge nor GREAT idea but makes things easy.

anyone have any good ideas they'd like to share?
lets hear them.
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Good thought for a thread.

If you carry a smallish danforth as a stern anchor and have no place to store it, you can use a babies bath to store all the line with chain and the anchor on top. If your lucky it'll sit right under some outboard wells out of the way.
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Bought one of these plastic dusters.attached to an old car wash pole,works great for cleaning hard to reach places like between the tubes on a t top.6.98 at Lowes
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Thats a great idea!! ^
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I wired in a couple of relays so that when I turn everything off, the bilge pumps still works.

I also wired in a few diodes so that I have one switch on my throttles controlling trim/tilt on all engines.

I also wired in the switch on the RH side of my outboard to tilt all engines simultaneously up/down for easy of maintenance when on the trailer.

I also designed my individual tilt and trim switches so that I can reach every one them with my hand on the throttles.

I also designed all my gauges, and had Livorsi build them, so that every needle is straight up when at normal cruise, that way it takes about 0.2 sec to read 15 gauges.

I also put a little pressure sensor on my water pressure line and hooked it up with a flashing red LED and mounted it by the Tach.

I also..... I know, you guys are tired of this crap by now, so I quit....
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Bet the OP is sorry he asked.
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I typed, printed, (about 3"x4") and laminated this to make it waterproof and keep it handy on my console for quick reference of the Verado correct operating numbers.
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When doing a lot of testing or I want a record of the numbers, I'll set up the GoPro (almost any camera) using the suction cup, on the console, to record while underway.
I'll scroll through the different readouts on the SmartCraft at different RPM's.
Use the vented back so it allows you to verbally record the speed readout from a GPS.

Download at home on the PC where you can, Play/Stop/Start, as needed to record all info on a chart to compare to different set ups and different times of the year since we have 4 seasons.

Mid-Atlantic water can range from the low to mid 30's to the mid to upper 80's.
Air temps (and humidity) from freezing to boiling.
All will affect the performance.


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I took a foam float noodle and cut it in half then cut it lengthwise and wrapped them around my bimini pokes. They are great for storing tackle abd not digging through boxes or bags
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Originally Posted by greasemonkey54 View Post
I took a foam float noodle and cut it in half then cut it lengthwise and wrapped them around my bimini pokes. They are great for storing tackle abd not digging through boxes or bags
Definitely stealing this one.
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Definitely stealing this one.
Same here!

Just replaced my cockpit lights with Attwood blue LEDs.
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Default Recently used lure holder.

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On racecars, the gauges are turned so all the needles point straight up under normal conditions. A quick glance at the needles is all you need. This is where digital gauges are somewhat useless.
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Stuck down some of those extra large protein powder plastic bottles on my console. Work great as drink holders, cell phone holders, etc...
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Made a removable little table with some cup holders made from mahogany deck scraps that attaches to the engine box for some more table space when cruising
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Interesting ideas
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I needed some night illumination in my consoles. I got a couple small plastic jars and fitted the switches into the lids. One small screw hole in the center of the bottom and one off set. I used the first screw to hold in the jar, then after I got it pointed right, I used the second screw to lock it down.

Also, you can get spare mounts for most electronics so you can relocate them in a locker in a way that keeps them from bouncing around. Or you can use wing-nuts for quick detachment and relocation to a dead-mount location. Long screws and acorn nuts come in handy for these things.

I wish I had the link but one member posted a pic about 10 years ago. It showed a DIY trim tab with a hinged plate and one of those cable tension nuts. It sparked some debate but it appeared to be functional for counter acting prop torque.
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Took some professional cutting boards 3/4" thick and machined it to hold a set of horizontal rod holders on the underside of the top for more light tackle rod storage. Hold it all in place with some stainless u bolts.
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Covered my canvas T Top with white silicone roof coating. Lowered the temp by 21 degs underneath. So far so good. Seems to hold up well after one (1) year. (experiment)

Painted the top of my console and bottom of my e-box in flat black, to reduce glare.

I divided my e-box with starboard to create a shelf on top of the radios and put a door on the front for access to the new blue seas fuse panel. (Ever try to change a fuse on a boat in the e-box?)

I have a 18 watt solar pane/regulator that will produce 1 Amp @13.5 VDC on an average day

I put rustoleum clear no slip expoy spray paint on top my trailer fenders and on the trailer tongue. Old guys love good footing.

I have a Schumacher PSJ-2212 DSR ProSeries 2200 Peak Amps Jump Starter and Portable Power Unit

I have an AUX/USB port on my console at the helm

Installed a hide-a-way washdown retractable hose reel inside the gunnel

I have a monofilament hammock

I may just go crazy with the clear no slip epoxy spray. Think about slippery hands on shinny aluminum/stainless T-Tops and hand rails, gaffs, fish lip grabbers, de-hookers, anchors, etc.
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I had to repair my antenna from slamming against t-top and rocket launcher came up with this for a fix. Pipe wrap from Lowes
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I sewed different color threads into one strand of my dock lines used for my slip. Red thread port line, green starboard (forward pilings are different locations) light blue aft lines (equal legth). I cleat off the line at the dock to the line and use the eye splice on my boat's cleats.

Got a piece of internally threaded hex stock that matched the bow eye thread and screwed a stainless eye bolt into the other end. I attach the bitter end of my anchor rode to a stainless caribiner and clip to the eye. Since the bow eye sticks into my anchor locker the location is perfect. No worries about losing anchor if it isn't tied off.

I put a couple small Bimini cleats on the inside gunwale fore and aft on both sides. I made the vertical location so that when my bumpers are attached the lines are the same length. Put clips on the end of the bumper lines so they are easy on / easy off with no adjusting the line lengths - you can clip any bumper on any location.

Replaced the pry out deck plate with a cam style for my bilge / raw water valve location so I can open, check, and shut in seconds without tools or key.

Bought a wing nut plumbing test plug from Home Depot plumbing department that fits inside the drain for my live well. Turns it into dry storage without water from the drain backing into it.
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