Notices
Like Tree13Likes

What upgrades did you do over the winter?

Old 04-12-2019, 03:53 AM
  #1  
Admirals ClubCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER Admiral's Club Member
THT sponsor
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: (snowbird in training) Lake Erie Un-salted water and shark free!
Posts: 6,735
Default What upgrades did you do over the winter?

My boat got nothing. I'm even going to pay someone this spring to wax it instead of doing it my self. I keep threatening to upgrade my Garmin 210 monochrome gps but it it fires up, I'll use it again this year. Hardly worth spending the money on an upgrade when 99% of my use is within sight of the lighthouse at the harbor.

I did pick up a 13' Whaler that'll fit in the slip as well. The tachometer doesn't work on it, so maybe I'll troubleshoot that.. Maybe.

Classic25 is offline  
Old 04-12-2019, 03:57 AM
  #2  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,082
Default

Replaced the 5 year old batteries and moved the house battery from the stern up under the console.
duke460 is offline  
Old 04-13-2019, 07:39 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 278
Default

One got King Starboard anti skid gunwales . Originally had teak,which was to far gone to bring back to life. Recovered with Mahogany that looked like crap after two seasons. 550.00 later it looks 100% better than the wood.Also a timing cover replaced one that had 3 pinholes ,two batteries and a couple electric planner board "winches " The other boat got 3 news down riggers, two carbs professionally reconditioned, new exhaust risers on one engine ,new Furuno GPS fishfinder, Raymarine auto pilot, 3 batteries,Fish Hawk bluetooth, planer boards, tracks,rodholders,sound deadner on engine compartment, profesional compound and wax job, sound system and boat name lettering. Is that enough $$$ if not I could add fishing rods and reels along with a few other items.....
mr 88 is offline  
Old 04-14-2019, 10:54 AM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Perrysburg, OH (transplanted Texan)
Posts: 168
Default

New tires for the trailer and 2 new batteries.
Retiredearly is offline  
Old 04-17-2019, 05:57 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Medina/Catawba Is Ohio
Posts: 797
Default

Converted from I/O to O/B some new carpet also rehab a planer board electric motor and ordered a new one just in case. On a more expensive note bought a winter home in S.C.
Boataholic and blackh2odog like this.
wajski is offline  
Old 04-17-2019, 06:04 AM
  #6  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 21
Default

DIY replaced stock stereo with JL speakers and infinity head unit(not my ideal head unit but was the only one that fit in the existing cut-out). Also got trim tabs professionally installed.
Kdog76 is offline  
Old 04-18-2019, 04:33 PM
  #7  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ohio (Lake Erie)
Posts: 2,334
Default

Trading in the pontoon for a new Lund. Will have it around the end of the month. Been away from fishing way too long.
Walleye Guy is offline  
Old 04-22-2019, 05:06 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Dryden/Ludington, MI - Steamboat, CO
Posts: 1,293
Default

I move to Colorado for the winter and jump snowmobiles off cliffs and don't think of boat til April 15. I got back April 16th, painted the bottom on the 19th. This wed will polish (then wax) hull and hopefully they can launch me friday.
Salmonbum is offline  
Old 04-24-2019, 07:13 AM
  #9  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 29
Default

Replaced the factory sound system with JL Audio speakers, new Vacuflush head unit, 300hr servicing on twin verados, and fresh coat of bottom paint. Anybody have any good recommendations for a company in or near Sandusky that specializes in boat lettering?
RazzleDazzle is offline  
Old 04-24-2019, 11:58 AM
  #10  
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Lake Erie
Posts: 82
Default

Originally Posted by RazzleDazzle View Post
Replaced the factory sound system with JL Audio speakers, new Vacuflush head unit, 300hr servicing on twin verados, and fresh coat of bottom paint. Anybody have any good recommendations for a company in or near Sandusky that specializes in boat lettering?
If you just need registration numbers, you can get them from BoatUS. I changed mine from OH to MI, wasn't hard at all. If talking transom art - call SouthShore Marine - they have someone.
RazzleDazzle likes this.
peninsula_jumper is offline  
Old 04-25-2019, 10:01 AM
  #11  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ohio (Lake Erie)
Posts: 2,334
Default

Originally Posted by Walleye Guy View Post
Trading in the pontoon for a new Lund. Will have it around the end of the month. Been away from fishing way too long.
so far so good. Dealer is good at communicating. Today we went over where the Lowrance Elite 5 will be mounted and had some discussion about mounting the bimini top

Looks like Monday I'll pick it up. I'll bring it home to wax it with Collinite before i take it up to camp and fill it with some fishing equipment that i have at the house.

Can't wait to wet a line!
Walleye Guy is offline  
Old 04-26-2019, 09:43 AM
  #12  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 29
Default

Originally Posted by peninsula_jumper View Post
If you just need registration numbers, you can get them from BoatUS. I changed mine from OH to MI, wasn't hard at all. If talking transom art - call SouthShore Marine - they have someone.
yea, I'm looking to find someone who can remove old name decal and design a new name decal for me. I'll try southshore marine. Thanks!
RazzleDazzle is offline  
Old 04-26-2019, 09:46 AM
  #13  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Fairhaven, MA
Posts: 8,773
Default

4 new trailer tires and installed a remote speaker for my VHF. Ready to go.
Cobia 217 is offline  
Old 04-26-2019, 01:27 PM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Perrysburg, OH (transplanted Texan)
Posts: 168
Default


Looks like Monday I'll pick it up. I'll bring it home to wax it with Collinite before i take it up to camp and fill it with some fishing equipment that i have at the house.

So all this rain, sleet, snow, frost, and wind in the 10 day forecast for the Western Basin of Erie is your fault? Seriously, congrats on the new ride, and hope it catches a ton of fish.
Walleye Guy likes this.
Retiredearly is offline  
Old 04-29-2019, 03:20 AM
  #15  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 293
Default

Originally Posted by mr 88 View Post
One got King Starboard anti skid gunwales . Originally had teak,which was to far gone to bring back to life. Recovered with Mahogany that looked like crap after two seasons. 550.00 later it looks 100% better than the wood.Also a timing cover replaced one that had 3 pinholes ,two batteries and a couple electric planner board "winches " The other boat got 3 news down riggers, two carbs professionally reconditioned, new exhaust risers on one engine ,new Furuno GPS fishfinder, Raymarine auto pilot, 3 batteries,Fish Hawk bluetooth, planer boards, tracks,rodholders,sound deadner on engine compartment, profesional compound and wax job, sound system and boat name lettering. Is that enough $$$ if not I could add fishing rods and reels along with a few other items.....
Be careful with the Starboard "anti-skid". Even though its got aggressive texture, its still pretty slippery if things are wet.
Creekwood is offline  
Old 04-29-2019, 04:37 AM
  #16  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 278
Default

Originally Posted by Creekwood View Post
Be careful with the Starboard "anti-skid". Even though its got aggressive texture, its still pretty slippery if things are wet.
Thanks, its was done for cosmetics, boarding mat is laid over the gunwale for the non slip factor when boarding/de boarding. The rest of the gunwales are pretty much taken up with tracks /fishing gear.
mr 88 is offline  
Old 04-29-2019, 09:13 AM
  #17  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 1
Default

Mostly just repairs. New bellows, impellers, cables, props, skeg fixed, new trim solenoids, exhaust manifolds, y-pipe, and a new transom assembly as a kicker. Funny how when you start off with small things it turns into big things. The only fun upgrades were a new stereo, simrad chart plotter, and seadek coaming pads.
derekj032 is offline  
Old 05-09-2019, 07:44 AM
  #18  
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: South Lyon, MI
Posts: 99
Default

bought a bought from FL and drug her back to MI.

Removed bow pulpit, installed a 112 ipilot with a custom fabbed bracket
built storage area for 3 troller batteries and wired everything up clean
removed bow rails
updated all electronics to Lowrance
added a 10' powerpole with custom fabbed bracket
modified trailer slightly
removed all pinstripes and decals, wet sanded, blocked the hull, then cut with aquabuff. then scrubbed with cleaner, then final cut with aquabuff. New decals are waiting to go on this week, then final waxing starts.

Then I need to get this thing in the water!
WBones9 is offline  
Old 05-09-2019, 06:23 PM
  #19  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Northern Ohio
Posts: 15,217
Default

If I ever get my boat out of the storage yard I have a lot to do. The storage area is totally flooded and I can't even get to my boat.

I bought one of these tilt out tackle boxes that I need to do some cutting to install. I need to upgrade all of my zincs and replace one bilge pump. I haven't cleaned the exterior of the boat in 3 seasons and I'm not going to do it this season either. The hull is off white and it's got heavy oxidation so no sense in busting my butt to wash and wax the exterior. I paid $150 last year for a company to come to my marina and clean the inside, they did an amazing job, way better than I ever cleaned it. Oil change, reconnect washdown, etc etc same stuff at the beginning of every season.



RussH is offline  
Old 05-10-2019, 05:34 PM
  #20  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Perrysburg, OH (transplanted Texan)
Posts: 168
Default

Yeah, if the wind would drop some and the daily rainstorms subside, I might actually be able to use mine. Been ready to go for three weeks, but weather just not cooperating. I am not from these parts, basically a native Texan, so when does Spring (warm temps, gentle breezes, and warming water) happen?
Retiredearly is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread