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Opinions on gunnel mounted outriggers VS top mounts

Old 04-12-2004, 09:48 PM
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Default Opinions on gunnel mounted outriggers VS top mounts

I have just purchased a 1998 Albemarle 247 Express that does not have outriggers installed.

I am torn between the Taco Grand slam top mounts and the gunnel mounts.

I will be trailering my boat and think gunnel mouts may be easier to remove and with the telescoping taco outriggers I will be extending and retracting the outriggers as well.
Gunnel mounts are cheap and easy at $165 for the 1.5" HD taco mounts from consumers marine.

Top mounts look cool, but are pricy at $500 plus installation.

With my boat being an express, I wonder if the gunnel mounts will even be in the way as I will never carry a rod forward or fight a fish from the bow...

Would I gain anything for the added expense other than looks?
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Old 04-13-2004, 08:31 AM
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Default RE: Opinions on gunnel mounted outriggers VS top mounts

I have T-top mounted outriggers, sure there are a pain to pull out and put in for trailering, but the are also out of the way when trolling and battleling.

But I also do have a CC, not an express where it's not soo much an issue for you to have access around the boat 360 degrees.
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Old 04-13-2004, 10:52 AM
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Default RE: Opinions on gunnel mounted outriggers VS top mounts

Everready, congratulations on the purchese, a great choice!

My boat came with the gunnel mounted riggers. If I had to choose I like the looks of the wishbone style the best (they mount low on the cabin side), but they also block access forward. It is easy get around the gunnel mounted riggers to go forward, weather deployed or not. See pix. I think the roof mounted ones look good on a CC, but might look off on an express.



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