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No matter the type of watercraft you own, the size of your boat, or how often you use it, there are always plenty of opportunities to upgrade features or components of your boat to improve performance, efficiency, safety or even just provide entertainment on the water.
If your boat does not currently have a jack plate, this should be the very first upgrade you look in to. At it’s core, a jack plate is a specially designed mounting bracket for an outboard motor that lets you to raise or lower the motor vertically. Aside from simply raising or lowering the motor, a jack plate will also give your boat an overall performance boost. First, it will make your boat go faster by lifting your engine up closer to the water line which will reduce drag and increase top speeds. A jack plate will also help to improve overall handling of your boat. Depending on water conditions and engine positioning, you can adjust the placement of your propellor to give better traction in the water. Finally, a jack plate will help to improve fuel economy. Lifting the engine with a jack plate reduces drag and moves the propeller further away from the transom so as to avoid the boat’s turbulence as it travels through the water. Running with less drag means you will get further on less fuel.
If your boat or yacht is still using traditional lighting like incandescent, halogen or fluorescent lighting, you should really look in to upgrading to LED lighting. LED lighting provides a non-harsh, yet provide abundant brightness. LED lights are also more energy efficient and last longer than traditional lighting, in some cases up to three times as long. LED lights also create no heat, which will impact lifespan, performance and efficiency of other on-board electrical components and systems. If you’re unsure whether your boat is ideal for an LED light conversion, or are just interested in learning more about how you can upgrade your onboard lighting to LED lighting, feel free to reach out to one of our experienced yacht electricians.
Adding solar panels to a boat or yacht is a very popular way to improve overall efficiency on your boat and enhance your general comfort onboard. Integrating solar panels can be useful in a number of ways. For one, you can use the energy created by the solar panels as backup power – primarily used to run smaller appliances and as a fallback in the situation you may lose your primary power source. Alternatively, you could have 2 entirely independent power systems on board, one traditional and one solar. This way, you could create a ‘division of labor’ between the systems, utilizing the solar power for appliances and on-board electronics, and the primary power system for your motor, pumps and other primary systems. Solar panels have also become fairly easy to mount and integrate with power systems, so the barriers to entry are considerably less than they used to be.
Thrusters & Stabilizers
Thrusters and stabilizers are onboard technology that assist with the overall balance, performance and maneuverability of a boat. Used for propulsion and balance, these components will offset rough seas and strong currents to make your time on the water considerably more comfortable. While thrusters and stabilizers were once only available on top of the line yachts, they’ve become considerably more accessible and even standard equipment on newer high-end boats and yachts. Introducing new thrusters or stabilizers or upgrading your current equipment is also a great way to immediately improve the performance and efficiency of your vessel. Thrusters and stabilizers
When it comes to onboard entertainment, integrating a satellite radio tuner in to your onboard stereo system will provide the biggest return on your investment. With hundreds of premium content channels, endless music options, and perfect reception no matter where you are on the water, satellite radio makes for an excellent addition to any watercraft. With a large variety of brand options spanning the full pricing spectrum from inexpensive to ultra-premium, no matter the budget there is a satellite radio tuner that will be right for you.
If you’re interested in learning more about any of these or any other additions to your boat, feel free to reach out to one of our experienced marine electricians.