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There are many varied threads on individual ideas, but I thought it may be helpful to have a compilation thread.
Let us limit this to simple(ish) and inexpensive(ish) ideas. Also, let us limit the questions to instant messaging so that readers don't have to view 20 unrelated posts for every idea.

There is a thread on THT of a similar nature: https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-forum/618655-what-some-diy-ideas-your-boat-7.html

I have a few, PLEASE pardon the filthy boat!

Tool-less drain plug and handy storage:

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Aluminum yardstick (put fish's nose on the hull stiffener, place bigger fish on the tray, flatfish on the deck to measure, and rod holders made from stainless flat bar/thick shrink wrap:
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Aluminum scupper drain filter to keep debris out of drains, including cabin drain, bend to fit:
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Aluminum trailer walkboards out of diamondplate, secured with a few bolts and 5200:
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There are many varied threads on individual ideas, but I thought it may be helpful to have a compilation thread.
Let us limit this to simple(ish) and inexpensive(ish) ideas.
There is a thread on THT of a similar nature: https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-forum/618655-what-some-diy-ideas-your-boat-7.html

I have a few, PLEASE pardon the filthy boat!

Tool-less drain plug and handy storage:

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Aluminum yardstick (put fish's nose on the hull stiffener, place bigger fish on the tray, flatfish on the deck to measure, and rod holders made from stainless flat bar/thick shrink wrap:
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Aluminum scupper drain filter to keep debris out of drains, including cabin drain, bend to fit:
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Aluminum trailer wallboards, diamonplate, secured with a few bolts and 5200:
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Here are two DIY ideas:
1. Aluminum walk ways made from alum. diamond plate and some alum. angle. Makes solo launching/loading a breeze.

2. Tackle storage in rear jump seat area. Leftover starboard and some ss screws...holds 4 3700 plano or smaller boxes. Easy to remove for sandbar days. Always looking for storage in a Parker!
 

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these things. sorry, i don’t have a pic of them on the boat but i use them in multiple places on my 2501 for additional rod/gaff/harpoon/etc under gunwalls.
 

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I don’t have a picture and honestly the idea isn’t really worthy of a picture BUT when your retrieving a boat with trailer, taping the winch strap hook to the end of a telescopic boat pole/hook can be used to hook the bow eye of the boat from a distance that will be helpful in keeping your feet dry.

Don’t get carried away with the tape, once you hook the bow eye, you‘ll want to be able to disconnect the boat pole from the winch strap hook by pulling on the boat pole…….
 

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Good idea, but use weak tape like masking tape, not something tough like Gorilla tape. And if you could tape the safety catch on the winch strap back out of the way, it would be even easier.
 

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I don’t have a picture and honestly the idea isn’t really worthy of a picture BUT when your retrieving a boat with trailer, taping the winch strap hook to the end of a telescopic boat pole/hook can be used to hook the bow eye of the boat from a distance that will be helpful in keeping your feet dry.

Don’t get carried away with the tape, once you hook the bow eye, you‘ll want to be able to disconnect the boat pole from the winch strap hook by pulling on the boat pole…….
We use clips like these for fall protection/rescue at work. They get attached to the end of an extendable paint pole, and hold open a carabiner so that a rescue line can be clipped onto the harness of someone who’s suspended after a fall. I wonder if they’d work to hold open a trailer strap hook. Might be worth the $25 to find out!

 

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I converted my SoCal fishing boat to a San Juan Islands cruising boat. I removed the bait tank and replaced it with a tool box giving us storage and a table top for cooking. I also made a dingy rack from two inch PVC for about $100. The dingy rack is held in place with a couple of ropes. so no holes to drill.
My wife and I lived on the boat for 18 days last July.
 

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Nice! Are those decals available for sale on this site, I'm not seeing them? I'd love to buy some if the center console version is available.
Years ago, Dale (CP founder) sold misc. ClassicParker items like flags/burgees, ball caps, Koozies, key-floats, and the window stickers; both the pilothouse model and the center-console model, here on CP. After Dale left another CP member had mentioned that he or someone else might take over that 'business' from Dale. That didn't happen, as far as I know. Our new administrator, Angie, sent me this window sticker when I re-upped as a Supporting Member. She had posted a message here saying that she would send the sticker to those who became Supporting Members. I had, at the time, suggested that she could also sell them here on CP. It could be she prefers to give them as a 'Thank You' for Supporting Members? I don't the answer to that....
 
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