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Old 18-06-2006, 11:25 AM
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What Would You Add

With so many guys, and gals, getting into boating now, I thought it would be a good idea to see what people add to their std boat and trailer to make it better to use\travel etc.

I have a few:
Boat straps rather than ratchet straps. Something like:
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A spare tyre. Amazing how many people don't get one.

A walkway down the centre of the trailer. Can't find a pic of Mullet's, but it makes a HUGE difference to retrieving your boat.

Here's a start, what else do you think is a good idea?
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Old 18-06-2006, 10:01 PM
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- A spare hub and bearings pre-packed and ready to fit - who wants to muck around with a grease gun/bearings etc on the side of the road? - A must with a Quintrex trailer as they have there own stud pattern

- Bearing buddies

- Swap the winch cable for a strap - safer, easier, longer lasting

- LED trailer lights - 50,000 hours use - "never" need replacing

- A swing up jockey wheel - just handy

- A lock for your trailer - absolute must at ramps

- Spare wheel nuts

- A bilge pump - so many people don't have them (and may regret it - ask Hodgey)

- A sea/drift anchor

- Spare fuses

- First aid kit

- Fire extinguisher

- Spare props for the kota and outboard

- Spare pins for the kota

- A reasonable smallish tool kit for onboard (that won't rust)

- Travel cover to keep wind resistance down and the crap out

- Stone guards to stop the pride and joy getting chipped

That'll do for now
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Old 18-06-2006, 10:05 PM
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Yeah First aid kit is a goody...Having said that i don't think i have one

Inbuilt storage compartments, for lures and the like, i hate having a seperate bag
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Old 18-06-2006, 10:11 PM
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My boat I keep a spare bolt or such for the cog that attaches to the winch handle. The trailer wasnt that loved when I got it, second time out winching the boat out of the water almost knocked myself out when the roll pin in the winch snapped.

Water proof lights are a must, god damn non-water proof light bar gives me the #$&@#$&@#$&@#$&@s.

Bucket for back up bailing For when popping the bung and giving the engine stick will not empty the boat of water. Speaking of bungs, spare bungs for us old schoolers keeping it real

Flares just in case everything turns to crap
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Old 18-06-2006, 10:25 PM
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Another one which has been a life saver are the rod buckles. I had the strap style fitted to my dad's Hornet and it's been great. I prefer these to the rubber ones delivered with some of the O\S boats.
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Old 18-06-2006, 10:27 PM
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Another one for any boat that has lockers are locker springs. Easy to fit and a finger saver for sure.

Open spring.
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Old 18-06-2006, 10:28 PM
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Give it a knock to close.
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Old 19-06-2006, 01:23 AM
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im going to fit some handles to the back thwart seat.... in winter holding onto the gunnel gets a bit chilly whilst fanging along.... also a good idea when 'cornering'.... i "may have" fallen out of the boat before

i also gotta rebuild my trailer lights.... good old factory crap! checked them out last week and they are completely coroded! as stu said, the LED's look good!
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Old 19-06-2006, 01:27 AM
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Old 19-06-2006, 05:31 AM
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- A spare hub and bearings pre-packed and ready to fit - who wants to muck around with a grease gun/bearings etc on the side of the road? -
Crikey STU, you got a bomb shelter and two years supply of canned food too? If you have the space a ready to go hub & bearings is a nice bit of kit. Good list mate.

A set of wheel bearings pre-packed with blu marine grease and stored in the grease container itself, with a spare split pin, is a compact backup. Remember to add a set of marine seals for your hub/axle config.

Found that most bearing buddy set-ups pop the inside seal with excess grease/use. A good back-up I have seen is to reverse the old inside seals when replacing them and slide them just past the seal shoulder on the axle, Fix them in place on the axle with a SS hose clamp and the NEW inside seal will push up against it, lasting a lot longer before moving.

You can tell if the inside seal has moved because the inner part of your rims will have the telltale pattern of radial grease splatters. Most guys just keep pumpin grease into the "buddies" but this will eventually lead to tears.

Spare KOTA shear pins are kool but only if you have the tools to change them. NB Kota shear pins are like "rockin' horse poop".

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Old 19-06-2006, 06:20 AM
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Heres a couple:

A couple of spare shackles for the chains on the trailer.

One of the floating key rings to avoid embarrassment and a tow back.

A small tube of silicone in case of leaks in livewell fittings.



This is a handy thread as i know i dont carry:

Spare tyre
First Aid Kit
Flares
Spare bearing kit
Spare props for the leccy and outboard
Split pins for outboard prop

Food for thought.....
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Old 19-06-2006, 06:47 AM
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I thought it would be a good idea to see what people add to their std boat and trailer to make it better to use\travel etc.

Here's a start, what else do you think is a good idea?
Great post, very educational indeed. I do carry some tools, spare plugs and the pull rope for the motor etc, but God know what I am suppose to do with them when something does happen

Anyhow, these are certain adjustments I have made and things I have on board.

spare new tyre
double winch on trailer (plan to get the platform Bear suggested if possible)
waterproof trailer lights
swing away jockey wheel
13" tyre instead of 10"
increased the thickness of the bottomsides of the hull to 2mm instead of 1.6mm
removed bow side rail and added on a cleat (should have asked for a shorter rail instead)
got electric motor instead of pull start motor
added a live bait tank, handy for live bait and other purposes
leccy mount plate
waterproof switch panels
trailer locks
flares & hypothermia blanket (in floatable waterproof container)
anchor & sea anchor
extra long painter, for creatng a bridle when self launching
torch with siren
key ring type shackle looped in boat for car keys, comp keys, etc
fire extinguisher
extra ropes to rescue others
extra 5 litre of petrol
map of the Swan & Canning
oar (still there from before I got the leccy)
compass
no life jacket on board as no room
spare shackles, kept in car
first aid kit, soon
spare bungs, soon
spare winch handle, soon (already lost it twice)
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Old 19-06-2006, 07:15 AM
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added a live bait tank, handy for live bait and other purposes?
Hey lone ranger what other purposes can a live bait tank be used for?
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Old 19-06-2006, 07:16 AM
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Crikey STU, you got a bomb shelter and two years supply of canned food too? If you have the space a ready to go hub & bearings is a nice bit of kit. Good list mate.

A set of wheel bearings pre-packed with blu marine grease and stored in the grease container itself, with a spare split pin, is a compact backup. Remember to add a set of marine seals for your hub/axle config.

Found that most bearing buddy set-ups pop the inside seal with excess grease/use. A good back-up I have seen is to reverse the old inside seals when replacing them and slide them just past the seal shoulder on the axle, Fix them in place on the axle with a SS hose clamp and the NEW inside seal will push up against it, lasting a lot longer before moving.

You can tell if the inside seal has moved because the inner part of your rims will have the telltale pattern of radial grease splatters. Most guys just keep pumpin grease into the "buddies" but this will eventually lead to tears.

Spare KOTA shear pins are kool but only if you have the tools to change them. NB Kota shear pins are like "rockin' horse poop".

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Very true mate. If you don't realise excess grease will blow out the seal then it will end in tears. Enough is enough

I put them on my trailer and filled them till the spring was under tension without blowing out the axle seal and have had no dramas at all.

With the kota pin I found it was easy to to get the prop off (with modified tools) but hard to get the pin out because of the bend in the pin (and the rust). "Rockin horse poop"?? They don't exist??

Carol I'd say your set up as a marine rescue rig. If you carry a paramedic on board you would be set Your boat must be overweight with all that gear you girl guide.

I though I had most contigencies covered but I'm under-equiped
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Old 19-06-2006, 07:18 AM
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Small man with Big Brains, many thanks to Dear Old Muzz, it is a miracle, never though this problem could be resolved, a boat built for all sexes! This should be display in the Boat Show I reckon! Proud to have a boat with your invention mate! I'll never ever be a non-boater again, except in your boat.

PS - Want so much to fish Albany as a non-boater but can't!
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Carol I'd say your set up as a marine rescue rig. If you carry a paramedic on board you would be set Your boat must be overweight with all that gear you girl guide.
Well, when you are a worry-wart like me lacking in experience, better to be safe than sorry! I spoke to that guy who tipped in Mandurah and to date still can't get it out of my mind! Oh yes, I forgot to get an EPIRB and the ladies makeup kit! Oh dear!
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