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phatwhaler posted 02-18-2002 09:58 AM ET (US)   Profile for phatwhaler   Send Email to phatwhaler  
There I was at the Miami boat show checking out the 210 Outrage. Nice boat, has some nice features my 96 19 Outrage could use. Except for cheap white plastice "Sports Authority" rod holders. Attached to the sides of the console. I don't understand how BW can justify putting 10 dolloar rod holders on a $42,000 boat. I asked a guy there and he said, "we can't put the best of everything on there or we'd price ourselves out of the market." I'm confused, I didn't see any cheap rod holders on the Grady's, Sea Craft's, Pursuit's, or any other high quality product. Who know's. Hopefully they were added by the dealer and not the factory. No they weren't star board. I would consider that acceptable.
boatdesigner posted 02-25-2002 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdesigner  Send Email to boatdesigner     
High production manufacturers pay $10 for stainless steel rodholders, with their logo if they're smart. Making the margin often boils down to using more cost effective (cheaper) components.
Seattlerocket posted 02-25-2002 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Seattlerocket  Send Email to Seattlerocket     
cost cost cost, blah blah blah. $10 bucks for stainless in bulk? really? I say BW should loose a few cost analyst first, and install SS rod holders. I bet that would drive down the bottom line! OK let me go now before my old soap box collapses.
Bigshot posted 02-25-2002 04:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     

Whaler ALWAYS used top of the line everything and always "priced themselves out of the market" That's what makes a Whaler a Whaler and not a McKee.

If Rolls Royce startes using vinyl seats....I think not.

dgp posted 02-25-2002 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
I believe the cheap plastic rod holders on the console that "phatwhaler" is referring to are the same ones on my '01 Montauk. I agree they are cheap looking. They are nothing more than PVC or polyethelene plastic pipe/tubing that's poorly heat-flared at the top end. These don't even look as good as the Fentress brand plastic rod holders.
These plastic rod holders are also used in the RPS. Flush mount Lee rod holders would look a whole lot better.
Major cheapness on Whalers part. :-(
Whaletosh posted 02-26-2002 08:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
I haven't seen the new montauk yet. I have a different take on all of this, I wish boat makers wouldn't put any rod holders on. that way I get to choose the style, make, and location that best suits my needs. This same thing applies to compasses. all of thyese add ons can be done by the dealer at time of purchase or later by the owner. the truth is that items like rod holders, compasses, electronics all represent a huge profit potential. The mark up on a factory installed rod holder is probably pretty high, regardless of the quality used.
tabasco posted 02-26-2002 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
The new montauk does not come with rod holders. They are only available with the fishing package which includes:

Tackle drawers; compass; 72-quart cooler
seat with cushions and backrest; console
mounted rod holders (4).


triblet posted 02-26-2002 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
And some of us don't want ANY rod holders. No
rods to put in them.


Bigshot posted 02-26-2002 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
You're supposed to put fishing poles in those? All these years i thought their cupholders were too small.
Whaletosh posted 02-26-2002 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    

Not small cupholders, that is what that drawer in you computer is for; you know the one that opens when you push the button on it :)

On the other hand, rod holders can make life on a small boat easier even if not used for fishing rods. I use one for my boat hook. It is bolted vertically to the right side of my center console. My boat hook is easy to grab, yet is out of the way. I also use one bolted to the front of the console for my landing net. The net is easy to get to when trolling yet doesn't get in my way.

Bigshot posted 02-27-2002 01:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     



Dick posted 02-27-2002 01:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I have the rod holder/back rest cushion package on the front of my Montauk console. They are functional and they look OK even though they are plastic. Why spend the money for SS rod holders where the only purpose is rod storage, not stress from trolling? I don't remember what I paid for the rod holder package but it was spendy, can't imagine the price with SS rod holders.

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