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Old 10-06-2020, 04:27 PM
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I have a 2007 SailFish 2360 cc that has rod holder holes in the gunnells. The holes are covered by a rubber flap cover. These worked for a while but the rubber flap covers tend to deteriorate and break off eventually. The initial ones, when I purchased the boat, lasted a long time but I'm finding that the replacement ones are of lesser quality and I'm lucky if I get a year out of them. Just getting sick of buying new ones every year. I tried just leaving them off but I really don't like the unfinished fiberglass hole look. Anyone have an idea on what I can use to insert or cover the edges of the holes to get a more finished look? Greatly appreciate your feedback!
Old 10-06-2020, 05:15 PM
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It would appear you do not fish or would have already installed rod holders. Recommend adding cup holders or combination cup holder/rod holders.
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Snap a few pics, and show dimensions.
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It would be gunwales but I agree. Install some rod holders and cup holders
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Originally Posted by billablehours View Post
It would be gunwales but I agree. Install some rod holders and cup holders
Its actually aka: Gunnel depends on where you’re from...
I suspect those rod holder covers were originally installed for a reason more then just looks. Rain water or just water during washing, debris from trees getting down into the hull having no where to drain? Sailfish 23 is a 2 piece hull if I’m not mistaken? Check with your closest dealer or the manufacturer to get a lead on their supplier or replace them every couple years.
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I'm aware of the term Gunwale but I always hear it as gunnel. Maybe it's a regional thing? Down here in South Florida the term gunnel is usually what I get. Anyway, I would like to eliminate the rubber rod holder covers and keep the holes open. Just trying to find a solution for a finished hole look. With the rubber covers off you're left with rough edged hole look.
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Guess I should start another thread on the subject of "Gunwale -vs- Gunnel" LOL
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Thanks for posting the picture, of the “Rod Rack” on the inside. Reading your description of the issue sounded to me like you were referring to rod holders of the vertical type on the Gunwale, Gunnel, whatever thingy. Good luck in finding the right part.
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When you asked about gunnels/gunwales I also thought you were talking about actual holes in the top where water would just pour in as if rod holders had been removed. Those rubber covers are slotted for the rod ends to go in and some water can always get in there. It should not be a major issue unless you shoot the hose in there. Notwithstanding.....here you go.
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Ask a question and it devolves into a spelling contest.

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I agree with billable hours. TH Marine makes a lot of OE items.
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A gunwale is the upper side of a ship or boat or the uppermost planks of a wooden vessel. Originally, the gunwale of a ship was the part of the deck where the guns were mounted and the term was spelled gonne wale, meaning gun plank. Gunwale is pronounced GUNnull.

Gunnel is an alternate spelling of gunwale, the definition of gunnel is also the upper side of a ship or boat or the uppermost planks of a wooden vessel. This spelling is gaining momentum as it is closer to how the word is pronounced, though many editors still frown upon the simplified spelling. Gunnel is also a small ocean fish.
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Originally Posted by 4AlphaCharlie View Post
I have a 2007 SailFish 2360 cc that has rod holder holes in the gunnells. The holes are covered by a rubber flap cover. These worked for a while but the rubber flap covers tend to deteriorate and break off eventually. The initial ones, when I purchased the boat, lasted a long time but I'm finding that the replacement ones are of lesser quality and I'm lucky if I get a year out of them. Just getting sick of buying new ones every year. I tried just leaving them off but I really don't like the unfinished fiberglass hole look. Anyone have an idea on what I can use to insert or cover the edges of the holes to get a more finished look? Greatly appreciate your feedback!
Had the same setup on a flats boat. Took 3/4 hose and cut it down the middle, formed it with heat to the radius of the hole. Used a bevel cut to join and attached with 4200. Was still pliable after four years when I sold the boat.
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These?
https://www.boatoutfitters.com/rod-grommet

Have you tried Boat Outfitters? There stuff tends to work well for me. I haven't used these but other parts have been good quality.

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