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Old 06-26-2014, 06:41 AM
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Deciding on the outriggers we are going to use and have some questions about hardtop mounted one. Boat is a GW Marlin W/A

1. Do you run with them extended or do you collapse them before running?
2. If you collapse them before running do the lines get tangled? Is it a pain trying to extend them while offshore?
3. Are they heavy enough to double rig and run 2 spreader bars of each?

Asking because I only have experience w/ Lee wishbones that mount on the side of the cabin.
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:34 AM
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I have a set of 20' Bly's carbon fiber riggers. They are very light in weight and I always run the boat with them fully extended. We have plenty of power to pull two large blue marlin lures off both the long and short rigger halyards at the same time, so your spreader bars shouldn't be any problem. Each rigger halyard is set up with multiple pulleys at any sharp turn and I have them rigged with 400 lb mono. We have the Taco Grand Slam bases mounted into the hardtop. The whole system is very efficient and completely out of the way with the base of the halyards coming in just under the hardtop and mounted on the TTop leg set at head level. This allows anyone fighting a fish to walk 360 degrees around the boat with no interference.







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Old 06-26-2014, 10:20 AM
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Extended. And on my hardtop unless you are a circus performer you cannot reach far enough out to collapse anyhow (on mine anyways).
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:24 AM
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Captain Dave, how did you fasten the halyard to the T-top leg? I like the idea but I don't want to drill into the frame.
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:56 AM
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1. Put em out when I leave the dock, in when I get back (boat is in dry storage).
2. They don't get tangled if you prevent them from tangling in some manner. I just wrap the lines around the knob. Regards doing in/out offshore, this is a function of how rough it is. Generally not recommended.
3. You can double rig, depends on the size of your spreader bars. You could not run any sort of dredge off them without an additional halyard to the front.
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:58 AM
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I had to drill directly into the leg set and put a stainless u bolt with two small screws each. It's rock solid. If you don't want to drill into it you'll have to get crafty with some strong bungee cord.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by redslayer069 View Post
Captain Dave, how did you fasten the halyard to the T-top leg? I like the idea but I don't want to drill into the frame.
Create a loop of rope and use a kleimheist or prusic knot.

I used paracord and they don't slip at all.
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