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Little things to make life easier and to spend more money Jun 15, 2014 12:19 AM #1

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There are many things we use which make boating easier and better or safer.
Please add the things you believe are a great way to spend money........

Please post only one item per posting and upload the pictures instead of linking to the stuff. Nothing is more frustrating then finding something and the pictures are gone, The same applies to links. I would suggest that we post a “search term” for the product instead as everyone will know how to use their favorite search engine.

I would suggest that we keep this for items/gadgets in the below ~US$50 class (little things) as more expensive stuff is "investments".........

PLEASE: don't ask questions here and only post the gadget you think is a great buy and interesting to others. If you have a question please copy the subject line and start a new thread.....
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Ear muffs with don't fall off under pressure Jun 15, 2014 12:20 AM #2

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Ear muffs which don't fall off under pressure, originally by JimMc
Make sure it fits your engine/drive as there are some restrictions!

Search term: Quicksilver 44357Q 2
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Floating key chain with space for a spare drain plug Jun 15, 2014 12:21 AM #3

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Floating key chain with space for a spare drain plug. It's also a wrench for the most popular styles of drain plugs and prevents that they are tightened to much. Originally posted by Alaskanmutt

Search term: Braid drain plug wrench
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Latch-lok winch strap, don't ruin your fingers Jun 15, 2014 12:22 AM #4

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The hook of this strap is much easier to disconnect and you just have to push it on to hook up again.

Search term: BoatBuckle F17741

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Ski-flag clip for the bimini top Jun 16, 2014 06:32 AM #5

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If you are tired to hold up the skier flag mandatory in most States (all?) which is also difficult to see when you have the bimini top up just clip it to the top.

Search term: flagzup
or: Kwik Tek FBT-1
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Privacy curtains mount for the bimini top Jun 16, 2014 06:37 AM #6

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Sometimes you just need more protection from the sun or you simply want a bit more privacy. Just clip some big towels or curtains made for that to the bimini top.

Search term: bimini clip

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for DIY please see baylinerownersclub.org/index.php/forum/b...e-and-privacy#569082

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Little things to make life easier and to spend more money Jun 16, 2014 06:42 AM #7

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Probably the best extra I have ever bought,
Battery monitor

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www.victronenergy.com/battery-monitors/b...0s%20and%20bmv-602s/

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Little things to make life easier and to spend more money Jun 16, 2014 11:39 AM #8

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Velcro Straps!!!

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Rope Ratchets Jun 16, 2014 04:26 PM #9

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You can't have enough of these! Available for different rope sizes from 1/8" to 1/2". For tie downs, lifting and a lot more. 1/4" great instead of the straps on boat covers. Easier to set-up and release and won't flap like straps. Available from several suppliers/importers.
A cheap alternative to these marine adjustable rope clips......
Search term: rope ratchet

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Bluetooth receiver for your stereo/amplifier Jun 16, 2014 05:44 PM #10

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Someone else mentioned this recently- a plug in blue tooth receiver for my older stereo deck.
Make sure you get one with internal battery which can be charged while running.

Search term: A2DP bluetooth receiver

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Little things to make life easier and to spend more money Jun 17, 2014 10:51 PM #11

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Got one of these as a gift. Thought it was junk, but we've used it for a year on the boat and I love it. I'm thinking about getting a 2nd one to give me even more reach.

Edit: The one I have is called a magic hose, but there seem to be several on the market. Jurgen has told me that he's had several fail, but he said it could be the Arizona sun. FWIW mine is stored inside the boat in a cabinet. I take it out, fill the water tank, wash the boat, or whatever, then I put it away. I usually hang it up for about an hour to let it dry out. Either way mine never really sees weather or sun. As cheap as they are and for the convenience I'd replace it every year if I had to. YMMV

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Quick release battery clamps Jun 19, 2014 08:16 PM #12

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These clamps are controversial and if you have the space for a battery switch it's the better solution. However, they are a lot better and safer than the no longer USCG approved wing nut connections unfortunately still found on many boats.

You can buy the original from MinnKota or the cheaper Chinese copies which so far have proven equally reliable for me (I use both). The MinnKota is rated for 700A starter current the Chinese ones have no rating. For the “permanent” boat installation I only use MinnKota (Made in Sweden).
Search terms: minnkota MK-BC-1
On ebay: quick release battery clamp

If you have a small boat with a single battery and don't want to butcher around with a switch they work well. Very unlikely that you accidentally open them and they grab the post all around for good contact.

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Please note the difference in material thickness and plating! That's why only MinnKota's go into the main power source of my boat...... They have a patent on it but that never bothered China Inc.

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Dielectric grease Jun 21, 2014 06:48 AM #13

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The best way to keep all your electric connections in good shape and prevent corrosion. Make sure it's a synthetic one. My favorite in the US is actually not called a dielectric grease but it is (almost) one: Super Lube® Anti-Corrosion Gel. Dielectric strength isn't specified but at 12V who cares.
Search term: synthetic dielectric grease
or: Super Lube Anti-Corrosion Gel
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Whenever you work on an electrical connection put some of it on the bare metal and you will search a lot less for corrosion gremlins. Maybe we should donate a barrel of it to Bayliner????

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Little things to make life easier and to spend more money Jun 21, 2014 08:55 PM #14

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Ok...I'll join in to.

For those who like to play on the sandbar, but don't like beaching their boat.
Anchor Buddy + Shore Spike make easy work of bringing your boat to the sandbar safely.

Anchor Buddy
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Sand anchor Jun 21, 2014 09:07 PM #15

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As the shore spike doesn't work well in anything but sand here an alternative:
Search term: Ironwood Sand Anchor Plus

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Despite being called sand anchor it also works well in gravel.

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Crimp tool Jun 22, 2014 06:41 PM #16

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This was first suggested by Carlos aka SwampNut years ago and I bought one on his recommendation. You don't have to spend a fortune to get a reasonable crimp tool to make reliable connections.
The tool does an excellent job and I may just be to much of a perfectionist in electrical things. For this reason I still prefer to use bare metal splices and eyes and a double wall shrink tube over it. If you don't forget to put the shrink tube on prior to crimping it's no real extra work and you are 100% sure that the insulation isn't compromised. Even the slightest crack will let water get in and could cause a problem later.

Search term: Tool Aid 18900

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You can naturally also go with a “marine version”: Ancor 701030
I couldn't find any real advantage with it for the extra $40....

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trailer light tester Jul 03, 2014 12:30 AM #17

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The best way to start debugging trailer light gremlins is to start by checking whether the vehicle delivers the right signals.
Available in all types and shapes from 4-pin flat to 9-pin round. Shown here the most common flat ones. The 5-way is for those with disc surge brakes.
Search term: 5-Way Flat trailer light tester for the disc brake one and 4-Way Flat trailer light tester for the standard version. The 5-way can also be used for 4-way.


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And it's NOT true that boat trailer lights are not supposed to work :blink:

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Tarp Clip Jul 13, 2014 01:33 AM #18

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Grommets in tarps are never where they should be. These two gadgets hold tarps really well. EasyKlip can even be found in some home improvement and automotive stores. Great to hang a tarp over the boat, add more bungees to the boat cover and the EasyClip also makes hanging stuff to the bimini top sides easy.
Search terms: EasyKlip or Super Snap Grommet
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I prefer the Canadian made EasyKlip with lifetime warranty.....

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Automotive Multimeter with Tachometer Aug 11, 2014 07:54 AM #19

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A practical tool to not only measure voltages and current but also RPMs and dwell angle. As the tachs in boats aren't known to be accurate for long (especially the older types) it's always good to check once in a while.
Search term: Automotive Multimeter with Tachometer
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www.harborfreight.com/lcd-automotive-mul...meter-kit-95670.html is currently the cheapest

If you want to also measure temperature with it you need a K-type thermocouple. Cheapest on ebay with search term "K-Type Connector Thermocouple Sensor". Look for something like this:
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