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Old 08-02-2011, 12:57 PM
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I am thinking of adding a set of gunwale mounted outriggers to my 20' Maycraft. Any problems, that I am not thinking of. Where is the best location to mount them. I do not have a t-top. But hopefully will be adding one in the next year. I mainly fish within 10 miles of beach and would only use them on occasion when its relatively calm to run out and catch some Mahi. Really don't want to spend $500-600 on top mounts.

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Old 08-02-2011, 02:05 PM
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Had them and HATED them.

Theres a reason you see 99% of boats with outriggers on their t-top vs gunwale.

do it once, do it right.. go t-top.

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Originally Posted by floffshore View Post
Had them and HATED them.

Theres a reason you see 99% of boats with outriggers on their t-top vs gunwale.

do it once, do it right.. go t-top.

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Yeah and the reason is that it's a better place to mount them on 99% of boats but only because 99% of boats are under 25ft! And 50% of those have nowhere else to mount them but on the T-Top he doesn't have.

There's a reason big sportfishers mount them on the side of the bridge. My GW had that "siderigger" style and they were great. I started with gunwale mounts and they still hold a place in my heart. No reason not to use them.

P.S. Put some marine grease inside the bases. It helps.

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Where on the gunwale did you have them mounted? Fore or aft the the console? Was there ever a problem with them hitting the water while deployed. Also, is there any problem with them whipping around in the up position while running.
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Yeah and the reason is that it's a better place to mount them on 99% of boats but only because 99% of boats are under 25ft! And 50% of those have nowhere else to mount them but on the T-Top he doesn't have.
he said he's getting a t-top in the next year. he's better off waiting.

search my old threads on here, i did my t-top outrigger bases out of parts bought cheap on THT and spent much less than retail. i took my time and jumped on the right deals.

also, i really dont agree with the large sportfisher argument you made.

if price is an issue, you can go with the fixed mount taco bases. theyre alot cheaper than the ones that rotate. thats what i had on the gunwales of my old 21' w/a battlewagon.

the fiberglass poles were a POS and the aluminum poles are too heavy (IMO) for most gunwales. unless you have a really solid gunwale (built-in gunwale vs gunwale cap), i wouldnt even think about gunwale outriggers.

like i said before, this is just my .02 from my personal experience
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how many rods you plan on fishing off a 20 footer? I would investigate the feasability of a single center rigger instead. Certainly cheaper, no stress on the gunnel cap and you can still fish around the boat. If you have rocket launchers on a leaning post you can easily troll 6 rods with aa single CR.
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Had them on my last boat that was 20' and they worked fine. In some respect they are easier to deal with. Just pull them out and lay them down to trailer, low bridges, ect. Just make sure you have good support under them.
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thanks all, Maybe I will wait, especially since I do have a 3 piece hull, I really dont want cracks to start showing up on my gunwales. Backtosea how is your 6 rod spread run with the center rigger. That sounds like a good idea?
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wait till you get the t-tops i love the way the function on my 284's plus they look like they should
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Had a 20' Grady WHite with 18' gunnel mount Lees. They were mounted even with the back of the console. We trolled 2 lines off each, no problem. Being mounted on the gunnel gave me more width to the spread covering more water.
Next boat was a 26 Albemarle that had riggers on the T top. I hated those things from the first time I put them out. This was before they came out with the ones that mount thru the T-top.
They were a pain . The spread wasn't as wide, just didn't like them.
We trolled most of the time with both boats. If you are just an occasional troller, either will serve your purpose.
Both boats had a center rigger. Can't stress enough how valuable a center rigger is to a serious troller.
Now I have a 19' Maycraft without riggers.
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Backtosea how is your 6 rod spread run with the center rigger. That sounds like a good idea?

Two furthest back off the center rigger and monted in leaning post or similar rocket launcher. Two off rear gunnel holders either flatlined with swimmers or tight. Two further forward on outward rod holders set back between the CR portion of the spread and the flatlined/tight baits. Can use T-bars for these as well. With a couple short bent butts in the rear holders it is pretty much like they are not even there. Easy 6 rod spread.

Nt sure how your boat is set up so cannot advise on the CR set up itself.
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I think I like that set up, two out rods off the t-top and the center rigger sounds like the ticket. Saves having to deal with outriggers. Do you have release clips on the out rods off the t-top, and also on the center rigger do you run one all the way out on the CR and one short on the CR to prevent tangling?
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Rods in the T-top holders can be a pain to get out, even without a fish running against the drag. While live baiting with light drags with rods in the T-top is done all the time, trolling rods in the T-top is a no go.

We troll a 7 line spread on a 20' CC with single-rigged outriggers on the T-top: 2 in the outriggers, 2 in outrodders (for more spread), 2 flat off the corners and a way way back in the shotgun. The outrigger and shotgun lines are in the leaning post, the other 4 are in the gunnels.
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Saw these on Ebay, It looks simple and removable. I know it doesn't spread them that far but for $49.99, how can you beat it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MESCX:IT
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get rodriggers in the meantime if you want to troll in the meantime. we use them all the time on my boat when we just want to make a quick stop/check of an area. you can have 3-4 rods out in a minute or two.

i even use them when my outriggers are out sometimes and i'm feeling too lazy to set up the 2nd line on each rigger. :-)

$50 all day on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Fishing-ROD-RIGG...ht_1529wt_1125
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I have gunwale mounted ones--it works fine for me.
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I think the rod riggers will probably do the job. Right now I am using clamp on's to the windshield grab bar, but they always hang on my rear flat line rods while turning. Not a big problem but it just bugs the hell out me. But for $50 bucks for a set you cant beat that. I still think I am gonna add a plate for a center rigger when I have the t-top built. I like that idea. Thanks to all for the replies. Now I just need 2k to get that T-top built.
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I have 15' Lee's and they are fine, have had them on 3 different boats. Mount them near the back/middle part of the console, use backing plates made of anything to spread the weight if possible. Becareful of the weight of the poles, my Lee's are light but looked at some Tigress 15's I think and they weighed a ton - probably made for a T Top, the guy sold them for that reason also, just too heavy for the gunnel. Unfortunately they don't make those 15' Lee's anymore but might find some used - I did. I also tied them together in the upright position and put some tension on them, as they want to flail around
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