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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 15 Sep 2017 13:59 #1

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Coming up to the season end what can you guys suggest for mods and additions to the boat?

Show and tell would be great... can't wait to see what you've all done!

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Over the years I've slowly done this things, mostly minor:

1. Added the Blue Seas automatic charging rely with a spare battery. The switch to truly isolate engine starting from "house functions" has not been completed, but I do have the switch and my schematic for doing it. In a pinch, I could switch batteries to get the boat started, but it would be a wrench affair so far without the switch.

2. Added a small ski mirror. Mounted on the port dash.

3. Just added a dsc and gps equipped fixed vhf radio and antenna. Do some boating on the Great Lakes so that's the motivation. There's a recent thread here on that.

4. Added some Velcro strips to keep the rear bench cushions from flying out at higher speeds.

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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 16 Sep 2017 16:45 #4

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What all have you done so far?

Over the years, I have installed GPS/moving map, backlit magnetic compass, new stereo/amp/speakers several times, now with wifi and bluetooth streaming Amazon music, all LED lighting throughout, stainless cupholders, properly plumbed the cupholder drains, installed rubber in the bilge so things don't bang around, installed outdrive shower, installed dual batteries with MBSS and battery chargers on each battery, installed the instrument cluster fix to prevent it from getting fried, installed velcro and then snap straps to hold the rear bench pads in place, installed newer more robust gas lift supports on the engine compartment hatch...and I think that is about it.
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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 19 Sep 2017 08:14 #5

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Very interested about the Second battery option, thinking about running some speakers/lights and a few other things in the boat off it to.
Not looked properly into it yet, but I will have a look!

I also have a dash mounted ski mirror, very very useful addition!

Thanks for the reply!

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2005 Bayliner 195BR - 4.3 mercruiser EFI

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Mocoondo,

Not done a huge amount to the boat so far as its my first season with it and most of my budget has gone on repairs and fuel over the summer!

Very interested in making stereo/speaker mods and what you've found to be the best! - Dual batteries I think has to be an essential for me.
What do you mean by instrument cluster fix? mine are giving me endless issues!!

Sadly for me in live in Scotland so my main problem is weather...looks like I need to replace the floor this winter so not sure if I should take the opportunity to do something completely different with the rear layout of the boat... thoughts/ideas from anyone are greatly welcomed??

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2005 Bayliner 195BR - 4.3 mercruiser EFI

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I added remote battery terminals so that I can use inflator without having to remove seats to access the battery compartment. Also use it for jumper box if ever needed and battery maintainer from time to time.

Switched all my gauge lights from standard white to LED's blue

Added a handle above the boarding ladder for extra ease...

Just to name a few others....Smart Tabs, 4-blade prop, fully automatic bilge pump, upgraded battery from starting battery group 24 to deep cycle group 27, lined all storage compartments with anti-microbial liners,

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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 23 Sep 2017 02:24 #8

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I'd like a swim platform for next year but I'm afraid it will be too heavy to plane properly? I have a 3.0 4 cylinder.
Was going to do Smart Tabs too so that should help some I guess.

Anyone think the swim platform is a bad idea?
Thanks :)
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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 23 Sep 2017 10:33 #9

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Sarah,
I think the tabs as well as switching out the OEM 3-blade prop to a 4-blade would resolve you concerns about planing...I'm running a 14.25 x 19 Solas Amita aluminum and love the performance overall. Also the tabs will eliminate any "bow wander" that you might have at idle speeds.

Please keep me posted as to your swim platform endeavor as I am considering the same..
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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 24 Sep 2017 11:40 #10

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I don't know, I'm pretty skeptical about the swim platform. Take yesterday, on plane nice n easy at about 3100 RPMs with a 200 lb person in the bow. He moved to the back of the boat and the bow goes up and the boat slows right down. And a SP hangs off the stern, even farther back, and probably weighs about the same.

I'm afraid to ruin my boat......

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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 25 Sep 2017 12:39 #11

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Worst case scenario.....add tabs, 4-blade prop to help you get on plane, add SP. can a SP be sent back for a refund? At worst, maybe a couple of filled in mounting holes from SP....

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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 26 Sep 2017 12:41 #12

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Sarah, what kind of swim platform you thinking? Which model boat you got?

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2005 Bayliner 195BR - 4.3 mercruiser EFI

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RobMick, Loving the leds... was it a simple job? Any tips? would be pretty interested in giving that a go if it will work on my old 2005!

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Pretty simple, but slow going as it is tight working space. I used the smaller LED on the smaller gauges and the larger LED on the large gauges. I removed the existing bulbs to see what sizes they were and all the small gauges had the same size bulb and the larger gauges had the same sizes for the large ones. Then searched online. I think I got them from Walmart.com actually...a couple of bucks each I think. I figured if they didn't work, I could at least take them back to a store and get a refund. I have heard of many horrro stories regarding these LED bulbs and customer service if needed because they are mostly made overseas. Once I fitted the new bulbs and was happy with them, I ordered additional ones, just in case, so that they would all match. I don't run at night often, but when I do it is much cooler Than the dull OEM white

I didn't remove any gauges, simply reached up from the floor under the dash board and took my time with each one. If I had to remove any wires to access the bulb, I labeled them to be sure not to cross anything...I believe that "red" is the medically approved color for gauges at night due to our eyes adjusting to it better than any other color...who knows, for $20 that may be something to do next season just for sh-ts and giggles.
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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 28 Sep 2017 09:52 #15

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I don't know about "medically approved," but red light doesn't diminish your night vision near as much as white light.:)
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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 28 Sep 2017 11:48 #16

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Hi
It's a 195 classic bowrider
3.0 4 cylinder
Swimplatform.com

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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 02 Oct 2017 10:11 #17

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Very nice! ive got a 2005 195, probably similar to yours?

I was going to try and source a swimplatform but its much harder here in Scotland so thinking about making a Stainless Steel/Teak version this winter!!
Trying to find anyone that's done it, but think I might have to be the first!

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Thanks RobMick! Will give that a go I think!!

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2005 Bayliner 195BR - 4.3 mercruiser EFI

End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 08 Oct 2017 14:12 #19

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Hi :)

I ordered smart tabs that should arrive soon but now I am concerned.
The back of my transom is not flat and I don't know if I have room to mount the upper bracket on the tabs and so they will probably have to be be returned? I think that I goofed here.
I've been busy trying to clean up the outside, the bottom was disgusting from being in the water for a few years and I've wet sanded it to make it better looking. The blue was horribly faded and so I've been compounding and polishing it forever! Looking pretty good now (blue wax is awesome!)

But anyway, I don't think the Smart Tabs will fit - Or has anyone put them on this kind of transom?

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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 09 Oct 2017 19:38 #20

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Echoing many wiser-than-me posters before me - email/call Nauticus to confirm, they're great at answering 'fit' questions for their products.

For what it's worth, I'm guessing you'll be fine. I ordered a set last week for my 175 after talking to them. The 175 has a pronounced bulge in upper part of the transom that means not only is it not a flush surface, it's actually curved where the upper brackets will need to mount. In addition to describing the way they should mount, they sent me several user-example photos. That compared to user testimonials I found elsewhere online from people with the same model boat led me to being ok with purchasing the tabs. As I understand it, as long as the mount isn't perpendicular to the tab you can use the smart-tabs.
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good idea - thanks :)

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I did get advice from Nauticus today and they were quite helpful! They sent pics of my installation and some of yours too with the rounded back end I have them at work and can forward them here if you like.

Thanks for the excellent idea !!
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Well here's one that I've been toying with for a cpl of weeks: Has anyone mounted 4" speakers in the cup-holders of the bow?
We all know that tunes are oh so important up there - I see those cup-holders and just want to stick speakers in them !!
They measure about 3.5 inches and may just fit small speakers :woohoo:

Has anyone tried this?
Dumb Idea??

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End of Season Bayliner 195 mod ideas?? 12 Oct 2017 19:06 #24

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So vertically mounted? The issue I would see is that you would have them collecting water in the cones. Suppose you could crank up the volume and try to vibrate them dry, but I just don't see them draining well that way.

Horizontally mounted, the speakers are at least semi-protected from splashes and spills. Those that do reach the speakers can drain quickly back through the grills. I'm not sure, but I have to imagine that's a big part of the 'water resistance' that they tout. Flipping them up so they naturally form a bowl where water can collect then would be an issue.

Or I could be completely wrong. That's happened before.

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jwilliams71 wrote: So vertically mounted? The issue I would see is that you would have them collecting water in the cones. Suppose you could crank up the volume and try to vibrate them dry, but I just don't see them draining well that way.

Horizontally mounted, the speakers are at least semi-protected from splashes and spills. Those that do reach the speakers can drain quickly back through the grills. I'm not sure, but I have to imagine that's a big part of the 'water resistance' that they tout. Flipping them up so they naturally form a bowl where water can collect then would be an issue.

Or I could be completely wrong. That's happened before.


Well sorry to say that you don't have the market cornered on being wrong! Move over and share that space with me.
Your point is well taken,,,,,I suppose that waterproof doesn't mean you can store water in them :woohoo:
Then again, some do advertise as being for hot tubs - I was thinking that meant 'immersed in the water'

I just want speakers up there without cutting any holes in my precious boat :)
Thanks for your thoughts !! Sensible for sure

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