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Old 01-13-2021, 11:33 AM
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$2000 for the base and another $600 for the poles? You can't tell the the material and manufacturing costs on these are even remotely that expensive.
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Because you will continue to buy them at that price?
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Originally Posted by thefuzz View Post
Because you will continue to buy them at that price?

Yes.
Also the reason a 27ft boat with two outboards cost 250k
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Break Out Another Thousand
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Because they are used for fishing!
Remember the first ones I saw were modified bent butt butts on a heavy surf rod blank. Placed in rod holders in the T-Top. Deployed, you just turned the tip of the rod to port or starboard. To retract you just turned them both to the stern. Very simple operation and I think the rods were about 15 foot long. Worked great.
My Wellcraft has a set of Lee's that work on the same principle. Fish don't seem to mind.
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same reason people want 37 outboards hanging off a boat
Old 01-13-2021, 12:07 PM
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like a lot of marine stuff, its based on demand. manufacturing costs are a lot higher at lower volumes. We've been conditioned to expect a 70" TV for $500 as standard. not saying some things couldn't or shouldn't be cheaper, but this does play into it.
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Buy a real set of outriggers for a sportfish and you will think $2600 is cheap.
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I ordered a new pair some years ago off a marine site that I believe was found advertising on this site ... yes $600 for two 18ft tacos ... but it was a buy one get 4 sale unknown to me ... instead of the pair I ordered I received 2 boxes of 4 poles each! Well for just a brief moment the devil was on my shoulder but soon called up the business (big popular place on east coast) and let them know what I had received and they could come and collect their goods any time ... 3-4 weeks later the business still hadn't retrieved the 7 extra sets of poles so I called again and talked to a supervisor about the mix up ... it took all I had to convince him that what I was telling him was true after which he tells me well send them back ... pardon me but it is you that needs to arrange transport ... this too took time to fully convince ... I think it was when I told him I would put the $4200 worth of his merchandise at the end of my driveway for him to pick up at his leisure that he started getting cooperative ... I suspect things go missing at some of these places on a regular basis and it's just easier to tag the consumer for make-up than to monitor the store ...
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Originally Posted by Tarbaby View Post
Buy a real set of outriggers for a sportfish and you will think $2600 is cheap.
I looked at few sporties that didn't have outriggers and got a few quotes....$~10K installed.
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2600 lol......mine would be well more than double that to replace
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A lot of outriggers are literally clam rake poles. Facts
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Old 01-13-2021, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Tarbaby View Post
Buy a real set of outriggers for a sportfish and you will think $2600 is cheap.

I went for $18K for a set of triple spreaders last year.
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Originally Posted by Flat Busted View Post
Break Out Another Thousand
Not true anymore! It's Break out another 3 Thousand anymore at least! LOL..
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Originally Posted by MTS Sportfishing View Post
I went for $18K for a set of triple spreaders last year.

I thought $1500 was a lot for a pair of 1.5" top mount rigger mounts, cost must go up logarithmically as boats get bigger.
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If you have a smaller hull, longer outriggers and your Ttop can really take a beating bouncing around.

Often times a set of adjustable tulip rail rod holders that elimininate the need for extra poles because they directly put all of the the length of your rods out into the blue water is a better system, and you can couple these with some Scotty adjustable line clips if you want to troll bait on freespool with the clicker. 5 rods out, no tangles, and these 5 rod systems Amarine can be had for $250 and are much easies to set out and retrieve, especially if you fish alone or with one or 2 buddies as everything can be reached from the LP.

Make sure you get the clamps specifically sized after measuring your rail diameter with a caliper. The clamps should have 4 allen screws +2 pointed allen set screws so that heavy tackle will not make them twist on the rail even when set at fairly flat (10 degrees) angles out over the water

Amarine, Lee and Taco in that order for different prices.

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Well,

I’ve been getting into composite construction of late, and to do a set of 16 foot glass outrigger poles will set you back a couple of hundred in materials alone. Then factor in wages, tooling, consumables, insurance, advertising yadda yadda yadda, and they’re not really that expensive.

Bases, well I have no idea, but I’m sure that they costs a few bob to make too.
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Because they are worth it.
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Not sure why anyone would want them anyhow. You can do a much better job of spreading out your presentation with a pair of planer boards for about $150
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Originally Posted by Downrod View Post
Not sure why anyone would want them anyhow. You can do a much better job of spreading out your presentation with a pair of planer boards for about $150
Planer boards offshore in the sargassum grass- HA
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