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hauptjm posted 01-04-2001 09:51 AM ET (US)   Profile for hauptjm  
I'm trying to get some ideas for developing an outrigger for my OR18. I'd like to incorporate the existing through gunnel rod-holders from the factory. I definitely do not want anything permanent. My thought would be to fabricate something like a stainless pipe bent with the correct curves to facilitate holding an offshore rod. To date I've trolled with four lines fairly close together. Two outside (from the gunnels) with down planners, and two closer in from rod holders mounted on cockpit side of deck top created by solid transom option. These baits run on top. This works great in a straight pull, but gets tricky when you have to turn. And you have to be able to turn. My thinking is, if I can get the outside lines further out, it will give me more room in the turns. Iíve gotten pretty good at keeping things straight by being patient in the turns. However, sometimes Mother Nature makes it difficult by throwing in some waves and currents that screw things up. If anyone has seen something off-the-shelf, please advise. Itís got to be cheaper than fabricating something from scratch.
george nagy posted 01-04-2001 03:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Hey I also have an 18' outrage and find trolling a challenge. Did you consider an actual set of outriggers mounted from the console grab rail or even better the gunnels. You could get a pair of lees. I did see something in the back of either a florida sportsman or a saltwater fishing magazine. These were aluminum or stainless rod holder extensions 3' or so. They fit in the existing rod holders and had either one or two rod holders welded to them. They may be the solution.let me know if you have any luck.
hauptjm posted 01-05-2001 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Actually, I may have an answer. I didn't want anything permanant. Also, I wanted to use the existing Lee's rod holders that
Whaler installed at the factory. Solution: Boats/US will sell just the stainless tubes that are used in the gunnel mount Perko Outrigger. These are pre-bent with notched bottoms for positioning with the crossbar in the bottom of the rod holder. I'm going to order two, try them out and I'll let you know how they work.
lhg posted 01-09-2001 12:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Jim: I don't think that idea will work. First of all, the outrigger holders are angled at 45 degrees, but the Lee rod holders are only at 30 degrees. Whaler has always recommended Lees gunnel surface mount bases, using the smallest size base and 15' poles.
I use these on my 18, and they work well, and are barely noticeable when poles are not being used. Mount them as far forward in
your teak gunnels as possible.

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