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tabasco posted 03-14-2002 07:28 AM ET (US)   Profile for tabasco   Send Email to tabasco  
OK here is the question .........What length rod can I buy that will not get in the way of my suntop. Plan on keeping them in two of the four rod holders on the console. Will a 7Ft. rod fit under or 8Ft. etc. What clearance do I have?............Thanks for all the help.
Whalerdan posted 03-14-2002 07:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
I think you need to measure what clearance you have, then decide. I can't imagine all tops, even if their standard mills, would have the same clearance.
tabasco posted 03-14-2002 07:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
Whalerdan-
Thanks ..........but since i haven't taken delivery of the boat .....it 's a little hard to do. Was hoping that i would get feedback saying there would be plenty of clearance witha 7ft. or 8ft or that it would be very close with a 8ft etc.
flwhaler posted 03-14-2002 08:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for flwhaler  Send Email to flwhaler     
Only one of the rods I own fit under my bimini top of my montauck. And I think it is a 3 footer used for catching bait. The top renders the rod holders useless.


michael

Whalerdan posted 03-14-2002 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
tabasco - sounds like you need to get some of those Perko rail mount rod holders since the new montauk doesn't have the holders in the RPS seat.
tabasco posted 03-14-2002 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
The new montauk with the fishing package has four rod holders on the front side of the console. I wanted to use two of them for my rods, but don't know the clearance between them and the sun top.Hoping someone with a classic could give me that deminsion. It should be about the same on the classic and the new montauk. There has to be someone out there that keeps a fishing pole in those holders and has a sun top as well.
stinkyB posted 03-14-2002 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for stinkyB  Send Email to stinkyB     
No offense, the type of fishing you do should dictate your rod length, not the bimini top. Whaler dan has a good suggestion. You can angle them outwards & use them as poor man's outriggers as well.
seasicknes posted 03-14-2002 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
I have a 97 montauk with Bimini.
Used the bimini maybe twice since I owned it.

Popped it up one time and noticed that the rods (6 footers) did not fit :-(

I had to lay use my rps holders or lay them on the deck.

Ken

James posted 03-16-2002 02:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for James  Send Email to James     
Tabasco,

The rod holders on the new Montauk are located in front of the console and mounted behind the seat cushion. At that console height, you might only have about four feet to the bottom of the Bimini. You have now seen the boat, so you should know. You might be able to use a normal size rod by leaning it against the front of the Bimini. Not truly ideal for a favorite rod, or the Bimini cover.

You might consider the Lee rail mounted rodholders. They are made of the best quality and should last a long time. Four or six of them around the boat should cover all your fishing needs, including a place to put the net, etc.

Fishing around a Bimini can get tricky with a big fish on the line. Becomes even more interesting when a school of blues decides to visit and you have several fisherman on board.

One of the reasons why the T-Tops are so popular now is that many fishermen find fishing around Biminis to be a problem and do not use them, although sometimes the weather would deem it advisable.

James.

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