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Old 05-25-2011, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default eed some info for TACO telescoping outriggers

Iīm looking to replace some 15 ft outriggers. I currently have Lee gunnel mount bases and Perko pole holders. Both are doing very well and have outlived 2 sets of poles. These are 1 and 1/8 inch models. The poles have lasted about 6 or 7 years each.
My questions are would Taco or Tigress telescoping poles work with what I have ? Are telescoping poles alot heavier than fixed poles? I like the idea of running with the poles colapsed and extending them while trolling. Is this worth the extra money or should I stick with economy fixed poles?

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Only lasted 6 or 7 years? Good outriggers should last a very long time. Perhaps you need some heavier duty equipment. Call Lee's and Rupp and talk to them about what to look for in rigger poles.

Keep in mind that stiff outrigger poles are what you want. The light weight ones are whippy and can't drag a bait properly. Most of the telescoping ones are way too light and whippy. Most fixed poles from a good maker are not the economy poles. They are the good ones. I would not want the whippy telescoping poles.
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I appreciate the responce. The poles I have used (Tigress,Perco) functioned perfectly well. I donīt want to put 1000 dollar outriggers on this boat. My question was about the telescoping TACO riggers and their weight. If I can use them with my exsisting setup. If not Iīll be perfectly happy to replace them with Tigress economy poles.
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I have never seen skiff rigger poles that cost $1,000. I have Rupp 36' Double Spreader main riggers and 3 Rupp 18' poles in my 3 center riggers. We have a pair of Rupp Top Guns welded in to the tower legs and a separate center rigger to boot. The Top Guns are movable so we can deal with the wind when dragging spreader bars. The 3 center rigger poles are at least 15 years old and are in fine condition. We don't use the 1-1/8" stuff. Go to the heavier tubes. They also have thicker walls and that provides the stiffness. Forget the telescoping poles. Too light and too whippy!

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Sometimes people have to realize they made a bad decision buying one product or another. When I fished a 21' Mako, I had 18' heavy wall Lee skiff riggers mounted on the gunwales. Worked great for over 10 years and the guy who bought that boat is still using them over 20 years later.
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I really appreciate what you are saying and you are right. The 1000 dollar poles was a bit of an exaggeration but to replace my exsisting bases and pole holders + poles would be around 6 to 7 hundred dollars that I donīt have at the moment.
As far as "being a bad decision" goes the setup I have came with the boat. So for a whopping 120 dollars that I spent to replace the poles that came with the boat I have had 14 years of solid use.
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