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Boat/Trailer Modifications and Supplies List

jetboater4life

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I purchased a stock 212x boat and decided to keep track of all the cool things I have seen people do to their boats and trailers. This upgrade/mod list is relatively complete for my boat. There are always new things out there though, so I welcome all suggestions. All of the items aren't necessarily going to make it onto my boat or trailer but I thought I would keep them for completeness. They are listed in a general order of priority and "x'd" when completed. Hopefully this makes for a concise list that people can quickly review. As more content to this site is added I will put in as many hotlinks as I can. Feel free to ask me questions about any of the items below.

x=complete *=need to get link pointed to jetboaters.net
Boat Upgrades/Modifications:
x * 7' garage door header raised to 8'9"
x Battery Tender Jr or XPS-2 bank charger or Xrtremecharger or ProMariner ProSport20
x Nerfs over the plugs also known as poofing
x Tru Locks or EZ locks to prevent a clean out plug from blowing
x Bow grab handles
x Perfect Pass Speed Control
x Keel Shield, Keel Guard, or Line-X
x Spare Keys
x Anchor locker padding
x Bow ladder scuff pads, Scuff busters
x Pool Noodles in the table legs
x Second Grab handle for the kids (only needed for 210/212 boats)
*Extra cup holder by the passenger compartment
*Sound proofing Bulb seal
x RAM Mount Garmin/Himminbird/Lowrance Fishfinder , Faria depth sounder with air/water temps, or D10x
x Hour meter Omron Hour Meter, ENM hour meter, or Teleflex dual hour meter (function covered by Perfect Pass)
x Battery Meter curtis 803, or 12volt plug in variety or Faria or Beede (function covered by Perfect Pass)
x Beede Clock (function covered by Perfect Pass)
Bildge Wizzard to keep the boat dry
x Stainless Steel Attwood Scupper valve
x Thrust Vector XL's or Cobras
Organized Head Storage
x Dual-Battery with Perko Switch, Blue Sea Add-A-Battery
x Upgraded Compass (function covered by Chartplotter)
Lock-Tite on cleats
BRAID Drain Plug Wrench
Extra 12v outlets
Extra USB plugs
Bilge Water Alarm (water witch or rule)
Fume detector. Here is a great install thread....Or an all in one detector
*Ladder down detector. Get yourself out of the ladder down club forever.
Add a *self retracting ladder instead
Replace standard latch with a Locking latch for my anchor locker and swim platform compartments, Perko makes a nice one.
Replace spring with a strut on anchor locker. Use that spring for the passenger storage compartment
x *Glove Compartment replacement latch with lock
*Head storage lock mod for 210/212 boats may work on others too.
x Throttle Sync for keeping the throttles together
Gaffrig throttles for changing out the throttles completely
x Extra fat sacs, Screamin Sacs or fly high and tsunami 1200gph pump.
x Yamaha Diagnostic Software (YDS) and flying monkey cable + software
x Boatmates caddys for storage and a good link on storage too.
x Seadek Cockpit Deck Pads
x Island Racing Flush Kit
x Yamaha Aluminum Billet gas cap (for looks only), I decided to use this as a backup and go back to my plastic one as it seems to work better.
x Noisebuster kit, Dynamat undersides of all hatches and Silent Running, Acoustiblok sound proofing, Fat Mat Sound Proof
Swim Platform Cushions
Sony CDX-H910UI head unit or Fusion Radio IP600Gw/Fusion Stern Remote, or Clarion M502 and remote, or Polk MM651UM
x Polk DB 651 speakers and/or Wetsounds tower speakers, EQ and Amps
Roswell Tower Wiring
*Tow point/nav light mod or Navisafe light
Bimini Extension
x Stainless Drain Plug /spare drain plug
Motion oil filter magnets for engine longevity
x Iridium spark plugs
Garelick adjustable seat pedestal
Wema fuel sender
Trim Tabs
Aerial Quick Release Mirror for the Tower
Add cool flags to your boat
Krypt quick release wakeboard/surfboard/kneeboard racks (ebay has them at good prices) made by bulletlines
Trash bag underneath cup holder.
*Ipad mount so kids can watch movies on the lake
Better windshield latch. No more snapping and unsnapping the strap.
Bow cleat for easy anchoring off the bow
Mounting a noisy tow toy inflator under the seats or in the engine compartment.

Trailer Upgrades:
x SS Boat Buckles
x Valterra A10-0908 Red Wheel Chocks
x 4x Torin 6ton (for the height not the weight) jack stands to keep trailer tires from getting flat spots during the winter
x 2x wheel jacks, so I can lift the back two tires and pivot the boat on one axle for easy positioning in the garage.
x Flex step or EZEE-STEP or folding stainless steel step or HitchMate Boat Trailer step or SURFIX or Extended Trailer Step or TRAILER WALK AND STAND or Overton's Two-Step Trailer Step or Ultra-Tow Universal Aluminum Trailer Step or D-Step II Recreation
x Ultimate Bunk Boards (UBBs)
x Non-Marking bow roller (stoltz) or Ultimate Bow Roller
x CE Smith 60" LED Guide-ons or 65" VeVe guides or 60" Guide Poles w/ Beyond The Wake Guide Pads, lights for your guides
x Bolted Bow Stop or welded
x Fulton F2 winch
x Spare tire lock
x Spare tire cover
x LED trailer lights and Rewired ground
x Radial Tires (goodyear or Maxxis), I went with Maxxis and have been very happy
x Electric Trailer Dolly or http://www.trailervalet.com or
Boat Buddy II (mixed reviews on the board regarding this one)
EZ Lube Hubs
JetConnex to make an easily removed connection between trailer and boat
Rock guard or Tow tector

Boat Supplies:
x Cleaning supplies: Vinyl Sauce, Hot Sauce, Condition Sauce from YJB store, Meguiar's Flagship Premium Cleaner/Wax, Corrosion X
x Marine Stabil or Star Tron Enzyme fuel treatment
x Damp Rid
x Dock Lines
x Anchor line
x double shackle plus swivel
x Oil Extractor
x Small Box Anchor, hanging txav8r Stainless Box Style Anchor, 25# Richter anchor, Fortress FX-7 (danforth)
x Shore Spike
x Danik hooks
Go Pro Camera
x The anchor buddy
x AO Cooler (these coolers have soft sides and can fit into boat storage locations easily)
x Portable grill Magma Catalina Gourmet Series Gas Grill, Magma Newport Infrared Grill, Cuisenart 180T, Coleman
x Inflated Bumpers/Fenders 6"x22" or Stowaway inflatable Bumpers/Fenders and possibly fleece fender covers. or Kwik Tek Hull Hugror Dock tight fenders. See this *link for placement
x Kwik Tec Fender Loks or Fender Tender IIs or Perko Fender Locks
x Adventure Medical Kit .9
x Solid tool kit -- Great Neck Mariner 125-Piece Tool Set
x Super Blast Air horn
x Kidde Mariner 5 Fire extinguisher
x NRS storm safety whistle
x Good paddles Kwik tech P3 and Unified Marine 8240
x Anchor Sand Augers
x Radiator hose clamps or Tow Valves
x Orion Pocket Rocket flares
x Required throw cusion for boats over 16'
x Clore-JNC300XL-Jump-N-Carry Great Jump pack that saved my but once already
x Velcro is great for holding down boat cushions or mounting stuff on the inside walls under seat compartments
x Stretch 'N Slide Dock lines
x Amazing Spot Light
x Engine oil analysis

Misc Useful Info Links:
https://jetboaters.net/threads/faq-reference-thread-for-forum-content-check-here-for-your-answer-first.81
https://jetboaters.net/forums/member-tips-and-ideas.42/
 
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Thanks for bringing that comprehensive list over here!
 

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Very nice! It's probably good for your mental health that each item listed doesn't have a price next to it ;)
 

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Wow, is their anything left to do. You are going to be so bored next winter with that down time and nothing to work on. Now you are going to have to buy another toy.:winkingthumbsup"
 

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Nice list! Do you guys have a brass transom drain plug on that year/model boat? I didn't like having to deal with a wrench, so I drilled an 1/8" hole across the square nut end of the drain plug and tapped in an 1/8" x 2" length of stainless steel welding rod. It gave me the ability to install the plug securely but able to remove it with my fingers without a wrench! DSCN0696resize.JPG
 

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WOW!! @ modlist

This list could work for all Yamaha's
 

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Thanks guys. I spent a lot of time reading YJB over the 2012/2013 winter while my new boat sat in the garage. Slowly but surely I will get the links corrected and pointing in the right direction.
 

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Great list. You quite possibly have created a Christmas/Birthday list for many members on the site.
 

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More like a bucket list. How the F are you supposed to get all that done by the following boating season !!!
 

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More like a bucket list. How the F are you supposed to get all that done by the following boating season !!!
I don't. It's just a list to satisfy my OCD :) I'm on the multi year plan. Some of the stuff won't ever make it onto my boat.
 

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Nice list! Do you guys have a brass transom drain plug on that year/model boat? I didn't like having to deal with a wrench, so I drilled an 1/8" hole across the square nut end of the drain plug and tapped in an 1/8" x 2" length of stainless steel welding rod. It gave me the ability to install the plug securely but able to remove it with my fingers without a wrench!
My transom plug is plastic and inserts into a plastic housing. It looks just like the ones in the ski lockers and engine compartment. I've considered changing it out to an SS one but put that on hold because the plug is in a very difficult spot to get to and how many people actually see the plug anyway. If I suspect the plastic plug is leaking then I may go ahead with the change.
 

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My transom plug is plastic and inserts into a plastic housing. It looks just like the ones in the ski lockers and engine compartment. I've considered changing it out to an SS one but put that on hold because the plug is in a very difficult spot to get to and how many people actually see the plug anyway. If I suspect the plastic plug is leaking then I may go ahead with the change.
I like knowing that if I lose a plug I have about ten spares in the boat already.
 

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Dennis, that is an advantage of the 210s. I carried a spare and knew I had several on board.
 

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Mel.....that is exactly the plug I have been looking for. I guess I will make one this weekend. Thans for the idea!
 

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Dennis, that is an advantage of the 210s. I carried a spare and knew I had several on board.
Funny thing about our boat when we bought it (used) it was missing a few plugs in the engine compartment. I just assumed that the previous owner ran with them out, but I never found them in the glove box or storage. It got me thinking later that maybe they lost a few from the stern/main drain and grabbed them as a spare.
 

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Adding my Lowrance Elite 5 DSI install. Essentially moved it over here from the other site.

Basically used some extra Ultimate Bunk Board to make the puck used to mount the RAM.
I installed a lowrance Elite 5 sounder and the darn plug on the thing is an inch wide. I cut the old line and duct taped the new to old. Lined everything up and made it through the wire loom in the engine bay no prob, but just in the fuel tank compartment it was getting hung up. After several trys I punted and started taking out the bolts on the fuel hatch, 13 total.
While you have the fuel cover open, make sure you check that your fuel vent hose is snug. Some have reported that it is loose and prone to come off.
I snapped one bolt and had to drill the heads off two others to get the fuel cover up. What I found is that there are two lines going into the fuel tank that my sounder line was getting hung up on. I don't think I would have gotten lucky and gotten it past them. With the fuel tank cover up it was a easy getting the line up to the next challenging part and that is the couple of feet from the top of the front of the fuel tank area to under the dash. It is a blind area with no access. I was able to get the line through on the third try. I reinstalled the fuel cover with the rest of the remaining bolts and it seems snug so I'll wait until the fall to either drill out the bolts or give it to my mechanic or dealer to do. It's not going to be a fun job since those bolts are over 2 inches long


Once I got the cable run through I opened up the dash and used pool noodles to hold the dash up. I added a 3A fuse as the manual suggests and connected up to the power connectors from the old Norcross unit. From there I used an extra UBB board to create a mounting puck to secure the ram mount. I used a 2" hole saw to cut it. After securing the RAM mount to the puck I powered it on and it worked flawlessly. The pictures in my first post will hopefully help the most.

Edit: adding my review of it after a year and a half of use
Pros and cons of my install
Pros:
Works at any speed! including reverse (this is due to my install location)
Has water temp, depth, and speed all in an easy to read location
Mapping of the bottom is very detailed
Charterplotter with bread crums seems to work well but I haven't used it extensively due to the complexity of some of the menus.
Easy to disconnect and reconnect.
I added a nice cover that fits snugly to protect it.

Cons:
GPS link up is very slow. I think it is on the order of minutes vs seconds like the Perfect Pass is.
Bezel/non-screen area is large compared to screen and buttons. Lots of wasted space in other words.
Using more than the basic features requires some manual memorization as it's not super intuitive. I don't fish much and am very rarely on unfamiliar waters which has delayed my need to learn the fancy stuff this thing can do.

Copy and paste this link to add to other posts.
https://jetboaters.net/threads/boat-trailer-modifications-and-supplies-list.505/#post-27538
 

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Thanks guys. I spent a lot of time reading YJB over the 2012/2013 winter while my new boat sat in the garage. Slowly but surely I will get the links corrected and pointing in the right direction.
Awesome list! Do keep in mind that some of us are blocked from YJB, and others would have to join to read anything in forums that are restricted over there. Does your perfect pass link have a good write up on the install? If so, I'm looking for one I can add to the FAQ! Add it here PLEASE....
 
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