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Old 12-25-2015, 02:14 PM   #1
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I am getting back in to offshore fishing, after being out of the game for the past 20 years.

Disclaimer - this is a family boat, not a SF, and will only be used a few times per year to chase tuna.

I bolted on two, single clamp rod holders on to existing clamps on the hard top last summer. You can see these in the picture.

I now want to bolt two, double rod holders in the middle of the fiberglass hard top. IE - 2 holders x 2 = 4 total, across the aft section of the hard top.

The shown radar is being replaced in 2017 with an open array, Sat Dish, and other hardware, so I am trying to keep the rod holder install to a minimum in regards to bolting, and taking up fiberglass space.

I have a lot invested in the boat, so I want to do some nice high end chrome ones. Any suggestions as to brand, and style would be appreciated.
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Old 12-25-2015, 04:33 PM   #2
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Who cares what the boat is as long as you get out and enjoy fishing
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Old 12-25-2015, 10:53 PM   #3
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http://www.rodholderdepot.com/clamp_...er_horizontal/

Lots of clamp-on products available, but you might consider contacting THT'er PalmettoTrooper. He does some really nice custom work at very reasonable prices. Just a suggestion........although he could probably do something designed for your specific vessel. Or maybe contact a local fabricator to do them for you. Sometimes it's only a few dollars more than off the shelf products to get a custom design.

BTW, really nice looking boat you have!!
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Clamp on holders on that rear couch like platform? That would make trolling a 2 rod spread doable.
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I see a small hand hold in the middle, in front of the flag. Is that where you want to mount them??

Whatever you do, I'd advocate for getting the strongest ones available. Nothing worse then an expensive rod blowing up a rod holder....with Leverage....see Archimedes and losing the rod and the fish. You might be best off getting a custom set up with four tubes welded onto metal which can be bolted to top....
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A boat that nice deserves a stainless flush deck mounting plate (google: sportfish fighting chair deck plate) on the swim platform with a removable rocket launcher.

Of course I am probably in the $2k ballpark when your are looking to spend $200.
I have seen a number of yachts with that kind of setup and it all can be cleanly removed when not being used.
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Old 12-29-2015, 04:46 PM   #7
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I have an adjustable, single holder on each side, port and starb off the hard top now.

I was thinking of a custom set up, but as someone noted perhaps I will just do a couple more clamp ons in the center, lower area in front of the blue pad.

I have been googling all of the links.

I know it's basic stuff, but I have been out the fishing scene for many years so I appreciate the info.
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