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DIY Boat Project: The First Upgrade I Make To Every Boat!

April 2, 2020 79 No Comments


Today we’re doing a simple project that every fishing boat on the market should do. Boat Buckles are a retractable rod strap that hold your fishing rods in place when the boat is moving and conveniently store inside the gunwale when you stop.  Most used boats have bungee straps or old velcro straps and are desperately in need of an upgrade. Watch step by step as Matt installs a set of Boat Buckle straps. 

We just picked up CC’s new boat, a used Champion 198. Any time you purchase used boats you know there will be some work involved. The Boat Buckles are just the beginning as we plan to upgrade the batteries, trolling motor, electronics, and wiring in the coming weeks. We do these first because its a mandatory upgrade on all our boats, its relatively inexpensive, and can be done very quickly with minimal tools. 

A lot of anglers are afraid to work on their own boats. There is something taboo about pulling off a motor cowling and going to work. While some jobs really do need a boat mechanic, a job like this can be done quickly and easily at home. Below are links to the parts we used for this upgrade. Also linked if you’re curious are the additional upgrades we’ll be doing to the rest of the boat. 

-Boat Buckle Rod Straps:

**Be sure to add the concealment kit if you want your buckles mounted on the inside of the hull like we did on this boat**

Additional items we’re upgrading on CC’s boat… 

-Ultrex 112 MEGA I-Pilot Link 52″ Shaft Trolling Motor:

-Humminbird Helix 12 Chirp G3 Electronics:

-Kong Wave Tamer Mount:

-Megaware Keel Guard:

-Boat Buckle Retractable Transom Straps:

NEW Tactical Bassin Apparel… 

TacticalBassin Reaper Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Shadow Hoodie:

TacticalBassin Sun Shirt:

TacticalBassin Hooded Sun Shirt:

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