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    Posted: 02/14/2012 at 1:02pm

OK, we learned a lot last summer with our first boat, and other than the under skinning project and docking lights, actually spent no money on repairs or modifications. But we find the old boat lacked a few things we didn't know we wanted, or needed or even existed.

She wants a changing room, end cushions on the seats to lean against and  more cup holders. I think I’m more interested in a second battery, depth finder and water/fuel separator. We will be buying used, and looking for a previous owner who "cared". As we look for an upgrade, and try to stay within our budget

What are the things you would not do without, on your boat?

What are the best “bang for the buck” additions you have made, for safety, comfort, or reliability?

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Three (3) batteries (two dedicated and a spare), paddle, extendable boat hook, enough anchor(s) to hold in a stiff breeze, porta potti, fresh water,  GPS in map device (Garmin), flashlight and 12v powered flood/spot light, tow rope.  That's for starters. Big smile
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Originally posted by adakops adakops wrote:

Three (3) batteries (two dedicated and a spare), paddle, extendable boat hook, enough anchor(s) to hold in a stiff breeze, porta potti, fresh water,  GPS in map device (Garmin), flashlight and 12v powered flood/spot light, tow rope.  That's for starters. Big smile
 
Holy crap, I hadn't thought about any of that stuff. We must have been lucky that first year.
I was still admiring the LEDs Charles put in his cup holders!
 
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Jumper cables, extra rope, knife small tool kit!
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Sounds like you're consider another pontoon boat. Is that right? What's wrong with the one you have? I also couldn't seem to find any closeup pics of your current toon. Do you have any anywhere on the site?
 
Originally posted by ressless1 ressless1 wrote:

She wants a changing room, end cushions on the seats to lean against and  more cup holders. I think I’m more interested in a second battery, depth finder and water/fuel separator. We will be buying used, and looking for a previous owner who "cared". As we look for an upgrade, and try to stay within our budget

What are the things you would not do without, on your boat?

What are the best “bang for the buck” additions you have made, for safety, comfort, or reliability?

 
Course my toon had a portipotty room but I relocated it and put a riser under it of 10inches (wife is handicapped worse than me, has MS). It had one battery and I put in a trolling motor (12v) battery up front, and another house battery that's hooked to a VSR off the starting battery/engine charger, plus I have a 2 bank charger for dockside charging plus a charger for up front. I've got LED cupholders EVERYWHERE (see later part of my rebuild).
 
I've got what I feel is the best lighting for now with blue LED's (mostly) for lighting the floor, rails, and red's or white for storage/portipotty area (all switched), 55watt lamps up front for rare occasions, 2 million candlepower spotlight (cordless/rechargeable) and nice nice docklights that are half as small as the original ones. So only one place I don't have LED lighting (55 watt beams up front when necessary). Electric anchors were a must for me as my shoulders and elbows are shot (so are my knees), so one front and one in the rear which is nice to. Yep, for our age, a portipotty is a MUST LOL. It ain't cool crossing your legs and hoping you'll get up the hill from the dock to a bathroom.
 
Now comfort wise, we LOVE the 2 front reclining seats, they are extremely comfortable. Sherri likes those leanto seat pieces too and I like them for the storage.
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Charles, here is our current boat, a 1999, 20 foot Crestliner, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. It served us well last summer and we learned a lot, but now realize it is very basic in features. I think I can sell it this spring for very close to my purchase price, and start over, more educated, with a different platform.
We like the rear entry, would like to go two feet longer, a changing/potty room would be nice, and a couple lounge type seats. The wish list would include a newer 4 stroke motor, but reality is, any reliable, well maintained power plant that will fit in the budget. I have read through your rebuild several times for ideas, so course, we want to add the blue LEDs.Smile
We have a line on a 9 year old Crest, that just had a price reduction, to see this weekend. We want a list of options to look for, extras to ask about, and good checklist before making any offer. Just an effort to not repeat past errors.
 
Update 4/19/12. The Crestliner has been sold, and replaced with a 2003 Crest II DL, with a 2004 Johnson 90, 2 stroke.
Objectives were achieved, with the exception of a four stroke motor, but the 2 stroke has less than 90 hours, has been stored inside and stayed under budget.
 


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I'd have to say, even with just my wife and I on our 20ft, I do wish it was bigger, at least a 24ft but that's history. Course we fish so there's no benches up front on ours, just a small one in the back (next to portipotty) and along the port side. We rarely have visitors on ours (in fact, only at pontoon get-togethers), but its not bad for fishing out the front. I see you have the radius lounges up front which would make it hard to replace. I can see now the point Mrtoler has about being elevated to see over people in front (think you'll have to be 5ft over or standing up to see though Wink)
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Ohhh ok so you wanting a new boat....well if I were in the market this would be the main things (I ) would look for! Plastic seat bases, tritoon, underskinning, ski bracket thing, high horsepower 150+, portapotty, sink and preferably a layout like my current one!
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It seems that boats are like motorhomes, the first one you buy is always to small Wink
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I may have missed it, but I do not see anyone listing a live well.  Would not leave dock without a working aeration system.
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A USCG approved signalling device, (flares, mirror, or flashing lights), a first aid kit, and a marine radio. Some extra line and a sharp knife never hurts.

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a BIG cooler stocked with lots and lots of BEER!!!
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I have consolidated the suggestions, and started accumulating the items.

We got a boat hook,  that would have saved a few heated discussions last summerSmile

For a spot light, is rechargeable or plug in, preferred?

Would a trolling motor get you home in case of engine failure?

 

Must Have Accessories:

  • Anchor
  • Batteries, dual or spare
  • Boat hook, extendable
  • Drinking water
  • First aid kit
  • Flares
  • GPS
  • Jumper cables
  • Life Preserver for each passenger
  • Light-Flashlights
  • Light-Spotlight 12 volt
  • Marine radio
  • Paddle
  • Rope, rope and more rope
  • Tool kit

Desirable options:

  • Batteries, dual or spare
  • Changing Room
  • Cooler, well stocked
  • Coozies
  • Live Well
  • Paper plates
  • Plenty of red solo cups
  • Portapotty
  • Sink


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Charles, one problem with the old boat last year was people tended to congregate on the port side, along with the 10-18 gallons of fuel and a large cooler. The boat always listed to port and wanted to turn that way. But I didn't have to look over anyone.

Kartracer, with motorhomes you tend to fill up any space you have. I’m finding RVs and boats have a lot in common.

Lake Kerr Guy. The boat we just acquired has a live well ( she thought it was a built in cooler), but the pump, like the depth finder transducer, is long gone. Retirement this summer will probably find me outfitting the boat for fishing during male bonding trips with a couple recent retire friends. I still have a 6 foot pole and Zebco reel dad gave my when I was 10.

MOJO1, the well stocked cooler is automatic. Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” is Diane’s theme song and ring tone.



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I use a plug in combo flood/spot light that plugs in to a 12v outlet on the console.  One less thing to charge and works in the truck or car if desired or necessary.  I have TTTOOO many recharge  items now!!
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I added this great slide out ladder to my pontoon, and I love it!! After watching my 70 year old father struggle with my old flimsy ladder, I installed one of these, and it was worth EVERY penny!! I highly recommend! 






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I would throw a couple fenders and some rain gear.
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We sure like our under deck ladder.  Doubles as a ramp pulling into the shoreline and the pup thinks its great for getting off for a needed break!!  Just drop a piece of 3/8 ply on it and presto a walkway for light weights.  Even me!!  LOL
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