Rod Holders and Taco Outrigger base install
Over the Thanksgiving holiday I decided to tackle some projects on the boat that I have wanted to complete for some time.
I installed six Gem Bluewater rod holders, a pair of Mate-series cup holder/rod holders and a pair of taco GS-270 outrigger bases in the ttop.
Big thanks to Marcus at GEM Products (Oceanfisher1010 on THT) for walking me through the install of their Bluewater Series rod holders. There is a nylon spacer and stainless nut that holds the rod holder from underneath the gunwale so there are no screws. (A "key" knotch is used to hold the direction of the rod holder)
Another thanks to Jay (Bly on THT) for answering all of my questions about his carbon fiber outriggers. They are incredibly stiff and super light weight. Really high-end.
The install went pretty smooth. The old cupholders ended up being a half inch too large so I used some creativity (read: solo cups glued to cardboard that was taped underneath the gunwale) and cabosil thickened epoxy to reduce the hole size for the mate-series rod holders (with backing plates). Rather than re-drilling the bolt holes for the mate-series, I used Super-Lube to grease the bolts and packed the epoxy around them. Ended up with threaded holes for all of the bolts.
I had four existing spots for rod holders (which were being replaced) that needed to be opened up a bit. I used a rubber sanding drum and my cordless drill (basically a rotary sander) and also a dremel. A 2” hole saw was used for the placement of a new rod holder location and a 3” hole saw in the ttop for the outrigger base.
Thickened epoxy sealed the coring material of the new cuts and everything was sealed with boat life caulk.
First time cutting holes in your boat makes you a little nervous. Just glad my first wasn’t below the water line!