Are you thinking about making a few upgrades to your boat? The holiday season is right around the corner and if you are a Bradenton boat owner occupying one of our slips, you may want to ask Santa for a few new items to take your vessel to the next level. For less than $500, the below improvements that can make your boat less prone to problems, safer, or more energy efficient. Power or sail, you can improve your boat with these upgrades.
1. Marinco GalvanAlert
What is a Marinco GalvanAlert and why do you need one? If your boat spends its life on a mooring, you don’t have to worry about this one. If your boat is stationed at a dock, however, GalvanAlert could save you several thousand dollars in corrosion-related damage.
Whenever you’re plugged in at a dock, you’re electrically connected to your dock neighbors. Electrical leakage current can easily travel from one boat to another through the dock’s wiring. Furthermore, electrical reverse polarity creates a shock hazard on your Bradenton boat.
The GalvanAlert can warn you of these potential hazards with its four LED warning lights. It will flash a signal before any damage is done, so you can unplug your boat and fix the problem at hand.
2. Blue Sea System’s VSM Monitor
System monitors are nothing new, but the Blue Sea VSM monitor is extra special. The VSM unit will monitor bilge pump activity, including run time duration, number of cycles, and volume. Also, its precision battery monitoring will greatly enhance your on-board experience.
The VSM expands on the Peukert’s equation to give you more precise analysis, based on the varying charge and discharge rates for normal marine batteries. The refined algorithm also enables the VSM to adjust for changes that naturally occur as a battery ages.
The VSM keeps track of 22 different vital measurements and provides 15 programmable alarm settings. The unit has ignition protection, and is also waterproof. Sensors for the various functions are available as needed and range from about $15 to about $100.
3. Anchoring System
When was the last time you fully inspected your boat’s anchoring system? Are the chain and rode in good condition? Is the rode attached to your boat, or is the bitter end lying in the bottom of your anchor locker?
Most boaters today either try to rent a mooring or slide up to a transient dock when cruising. The anchor rode doesn’t see much sunlight, unless the chips are down and you really need it.
It’s time to pull that stronghold to the ocean floor out of its locker and inspect it. Replace any and all worn parts. While you’re at it, add some length indicators to your rode. For well under $500, you can spend a Saturday morning replacing any components in your anchor system.
4. Rusty Stainless Steel
Rust that emerges from stainless steel fasteners and fittings are a clue that it’s time for some TLC. In most cases, you need to do more than hose down your boat with your favorite rust remover. Everyone wants to show off their boat while renting a slip in our Palmetto Marina, and rust will not help that shine.
If you see rust, it means the fitting is suffering from crevice corrosion. You’ll need to remove and inspect the part. Prices will vary depending upon which fitting needs to be replaced. To make sure this doesn’t happen again in the near future, make sure the bolt or fastener is completely sealed.
5. LED Lighting
LED lighting has come of age. Manufacturers have mostly figured out ways to overcome prevalent issues such as voltage sensitivity and chromaticity. Since you already have your boat, you can’t take complete advantage of LED lighting’s very low electrical current draw by using small wires. But you can take advantage of the huge reduction in power usage by installing LED light bulbs.
Prices will vary anywhere from $7 to $40 depending upon how sophisticated the light array is. These bulbs are available from a variety of vendors. Who wouldn’t like their boat to display in bright colors at night in our Bradenton Marina?
6. Jabsco Oil Changer
Changing the oil on your boat’s engine can be a messy operation. The Jabsco oil changer is extremely helpful. The changer lays flat, giving it a nice, stable footing. It comes with a dip-stick catheter so you can suck the oil out of your engine into the unit’s 31/2 gallon reservoir. The pump runs just by clipping the two leads directly to you engine battery. This device will make your boating life much easier.
And all of these items can take your Bradenton boat to the next level for well under $500. A nice holiday gift indeed if you ask us!