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Old 04-20-2006, 09:20 PM
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Thinking of installing outriggers on my T-top. I was just wondering what type of stress typical 15' outriggers place on a T-top. I would have to us the Taco Clamp-On Mounting plates or get someone to weld in a plate, because I have no plates to mount to.

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Old 04-20-2006, 09:38 PM
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Weld a plate. Especially if you are thinking about pulling anything heavy.
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:59 PM
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I'm considering the clamp-ons. I don't think the dragging baits would add too much pressure. I know the welded plate mounted ones are better, but I'll lose the wife and boat if I spend too much money on fishing stuff.
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Old 04-27-2006, 03:47 PM
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Get a price on welding plates and oval alum tubing before purchasing bolt on plates. usually the prices are very close, but the welding is much better. It should not cost you more than $200 to have the plates fabricated and welded.
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Old 04-27-2006, 03:54 PM
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I just had 1/4 inch pre-anodized aluminum plates ( 8" x 5" or so) welded to my arch for outrigger mounts. $40 a piece. Cost is in labor, not the stock.
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Old 04-27-2006, 04:06 PM
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I had a local machine shop make me 1/2 inch aluminum plates using the Taco template and weld them under my t-top for $150. You cannot even buy the clamp ons that cheap. Plus, the clamp ons have to be cut to fit each t-top.

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Old 04-27-2006, 05:29 PM
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I bought the clamp ons for my application (Got them pretty cheap) and they were simple to install and are pretty darn sturdy... I didn't want to weld on my top, because it's a hard top and it would require removing the entire top (and the antennas, lights, wiring, etc. that I already have there)... I have the 15' heavy duty Taco poles also, and the set up works just fine... If they're measured properly, cut right (I cut mine on my band saw), and installed right, you shouldn't have any problems at all with the clamp ons. That being said, if it wouldn't have been such a pain to weld in plates on my top, I would have welded them in instead of used the clamp ons
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Old 04-28-2006, 12:55 PM
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HeadHunt - 4/27/2006 4:06 PM

I had a local machine shop make me 1/2 inch aluminum plates using the Taco template and weld them under my t-top for $150. You cannot even buy the clamp ons that cheap. Plus, the clamp ons have to be cut to fit each t-top.

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Can you elaborate on the cutting of the clamp ons to fit each top? I'm not really familiar, but I from what I understand that all that is needed is to drill a hole for the anti-slip pin and clamp them on.

So it would cost about $150 to add the plates? Then you would still have to buy the bases and poles. So figure about $200 more for the whole project if I were to go the mounted plate way. Does that sound about right?
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Old 04-28-2006, 09:22 PM
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The clamp on's come with two 30 inch long stainless "plates" and four clamp ends. You have to cut the plates to fit in where you want them to go.... If you buy the pre-drilled ones (like I did), it's a VERY easy install... You're gonna pay more for the clamp ons than you would for a weld in plate. You're gonna pay probably about $350.00 retail for them..

If you're in Fort Lauderdale, I've got a great T-top welder that I can refer you to. Drop me a PM if you want his number...
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Old 04-28-2006, 10:29 PM
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I think we may be thinking of different types of clamp on riggers and the ones I was thinking of may be far inferior. Here's what I was talking about. Keep in mind I don't go offshore trolling very often and never in seas more than 3 ft. If I were to do the "overhead" or throught the top riggers I would definately have the plates welded in.

You can't see it from the pictrue, but there is a "pin" on the clamp that goes into a hole you drill in the rail to prevent twist or slip.

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I added the TACO Sport model, and just bolted to the cross memmbers. I used hex head blots to be able to tighten with more torgue.




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Old 04-29-2006, 07:24 AM
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If any of you guys are interested in the clamp-ons, I just put the taco outriggers on my boat and the kit came with the clamp-on mounting plates. Didn't use them because I already had the plates welded on my boat. Will make a sweet deal on them if interested.
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:30 AM
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Kingair - do those riggers swing from underneath or do you need to access the top to move them?
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:44 AM
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The Taco sport slams operate from up top.
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:47 AM
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Ok, we were DEFINITELY talking about different riggers... I bought Taco Grand Slam riggers that swing out from underneath and taco clamp in plates.. I thought these were the clamp in plates you were talking about...


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Ok thanks for the relies. I think the clamp ons I picture could be had for considerable savings. still don't know what I'll do.

Ed and Kingair - How do you like your setups? Kingair - how difficult is it to get up there and move the riggers?
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Old 04-29-2006, 03:11 PM
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You just have to have your sea legs, but forget asking the Admiral to do it. Make sure knowone hits the throttle when you are swinging em out
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I love the setup. Like I wrote before, the install didn't take much time at all. The grand slam riggers are awesome... VERY easy to swing out and in. You don't have to stand up on a gunnel to swing them out, which is very nice. I fish in some pretty nasty weather sometimes, so I wouldn't have even considered any other style of outrigger... If you're not going to use them often, or you use them in relatively calm conditions, the Taco sport slam (like kingair has) are perfect. If you're going to be rockin' while tryin' to put 'em out, go for the grand slams.
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Old 04-29-2006, 10:41 PM
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I agree with that. Also I do not think my top would work for Grand Slam's. Most T-Tops I have seen lately already have the holes.
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:57 AM
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Thanks Kingair - I'd hate to be a pest, but is there any way you could post a picture of the underside of your top so I could see how yours mouts? I sure would appreciate it.
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