Why You Should Invest in Upgrading Boat Deck Hardware with Gemlux

Why You Should Invest In Upgrading Your Boat Deck Hardware

Like with any major purchase, one of the best ways to maximize your investment is to ensure that you're putting in the necessary work to keep things in pristine condition. This is perhaps no more relevant than when it comes to your boat hardware. Whether you use your vessel for recreational or professional use, it's hard to argue that boats are a bit of a passion project. They require a lot of upkeep and maintenance to keep them looking good and running well. Over time, you’ll need to make some upgrades to your deck hardware.

But why should you invest in upgrading your boat deck hardware? Here, we'll discuss some of the key benefits of doing so and what upgrades you should consider. 

Benefits of Upgrading Your Boat Deck Hardware

In most situations, the benefits of upgrading your boat's deck hardware are worth the investment. While there's an upfront cost of doing so, these are some of the benefits of upgrading your hardware.


Even small upgrades can make a notable difference in how your boat appears. Simple upgrades to stainless steel hardware – like upgrading your steering wheel – or even larger investments – like rod holders – can all help improve your boat's aesthetic and functionality.


In some cases, hardware upgrades can help provide durability improvements. New stainless steel metals, for example, are more than just strong – they’re also fire and heat-resistant, impact-resistant, and corrosion-resistant. Compared to conventional or older hardware, new parts and components can help provide a significant quality and durability upgrade.


Deck hardware upgrades can be more significant than hinges, latches, handles, pulls, hasps and catches, cleats, and more. For example, adding rod holders or outrigger systems can significantly improve deck functionality and efficiency when it comes to doing what you love out on the water.


One common hardware upgrade is the installation of flush-mounted deck cleats, which can be either pull-up, folding, or pop-up. These – along with other hardware improvements – offer safety advantages to boat owners over common standard hardware. Additionally, they also help create more usable space on the boat deck.

Hardware Upgrades to Consider

Now that we've covered why hardware upgrades can benefit your boat, let's take a look at some you may want to consider:

  • Flush-mounted rod holders. If you're a serious fisherman or fisherwoman, flush-mounted rod holders that install into the gunwale of the boat can ensure you're able to drop a line directly in the water and then easily keep it out of your way. Flush-mounted rod holders are a great space saver on the boat deck and they can help improve your boat's overall aesthetic.
  • The little things. Hinges, latches, handles, pulls, hasps and catches, and cleats should all be replaced and upgraded according to wear and appearance. Don't forget about hinges, latches, slide latches, and barrel bolts.
  • Steering wheels. A new steering wheel may seem like a luxury purchase, but stainless steel wheels are designed to meet high-quality standards while improving appearance. It's one of the easiest and most significant ways to boost your boat's overall aesthetic.
  • Plumbing components. Though often unseen, plumbing, venting, and fuel system parts and components require routine inspection and will likely need to be replaced over time.
  • Shade systems. While more of a creature comfort than a boating necessity, shade systems are a luxury upgrade ideal for boaters who like to anchor and swim, or just want to stay protected from the sun while they're out on the water. Shade systems come in different sizes (small, medium, and large) to suit any particular watercraft.

Contact Gemlux Today for Hardware Upgrade Options

To learn more about the benefits of upgrading your boat deck hardware and to discuss some upgrade options, contact Gemlux. Our top-notch stainless steel hardware will have your boat looking and performing at its best.