Affordable DIY Boat Improvements To Do Before Launching for the Season

Summer is just around the corner. And for boat owners? That means it’s just about time to hit the open waters. Odds are, though, before launching your boat for the season, you’re looking to make some much-deserved improvements. Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable DIY boat improvements worth considering.

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Improve your boat’s tech before hitting the open waters this season

I know, I know. Chances are, you’re going boating to get away from pesky things like mobile phones and televisions. I don’t blame you. But when it comes to affordable DIY boat improvements? Some of the easiest things you can do are upgrade your boat’s tech. 

For example, if you’re sick and tired of your mobile phone running out of battery, Discover Boating suggests adding USB charging ports to your boat. Doing so is fairly simple and will give you the ability to charge not only your mobile phone but other devices as well. You might also consider adding a cell phone cradle to the console of your boat. Fortunately, finding one is as easy as checking out Amazon or visiting your local outdoor store.

And if you’re looking for an affordable DIY boat improvement that’s a bit more exciting? Discover Boating recommends adding multi-color LED lighting. As they put it, “You wish your boat had mood lighting that changed colors at your command? Not only is it do-able, it’s easy to add. Multicolored LED rope lights that mount with sticky-back foam tape can be placed under the gunwales, around seats, and in cabins. All you’ll have to do is wire in the power supply, and get ready to wow your crew with the colorful display.”

Affordable DIY boat improvements that will please any fisherman

Suppose you are vehemently against upgrading your boat’s tech. Maybe, instead, you would rather focus your attention on affordable boat improvements that have to do with fishing. If that’s the case, why not start by adding additional fishing rod holders to your boat? According to Saltwater Sportsman, there’s no such thing as too many rod holders on a boat.

For another DIY boat improvement, consider picking up a fish finder before launching for the season. While doing so might be a bit more expensive than other DIY boat improvements, Discover Boating reports that both having and knowing how to use a fish finder will more than likely help you catch more fish.

These DIY boat improvements will leave your family and friends refreshed

Let’s talk about family-friendly boat improvements. According to Boat Life, it’s all about shade. As Boat Life explains, “When you need a break, having a Bimini top available is a great option. This is a foldable top that is usually made from canvas and can quickly be put up or taken down. Adding this feature as an after-market DIY install is an easy job for most boat owners.”

For another family-friendly boat improvement, Discover Boating suggests DIYing a cooler into a seat. Not only will the cooler help keep beverages and food items cool, but it will also give you and yours another spot to sit down and relax.


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Getting your boat ready for the season doesn’t have to be expensive

Owning a boat is expensive. But when it comes to DIY boat improvements? There are plenty of affordable improvements worth considering. Don’t wait too long, though. With spring creeping on us, summer will be here much sooner than you think.