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grampapa posted 05-06-2002 09:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for grampapa   Send Email to grampapa  
I have a 1999-18 ft. Dauntless and in a quandry as to how to mount 2 Scotty electric downriggers for salmon fishing in Lake Ontario. Very little mounting space available and what is available is not reinforced. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thx.
Dick posted 05-06-2002 11:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
The system I use on my Montauk will work on your Dauntless. I am using manual Scotty strongarms with swivel bases and rail mounts.
Hopefully Tsuriki will step in and fill you in as to how his electrics are wired on his Dauntless.

I'll e-mail you some pictures.

Jerry Townsend posted 05-07-2002 01:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Some time ago - say within the last 10 days there was another discussion regarding mounting of downriggers. You might expand the search duration to 20 or 30 days and get those thoughts as well.

In my case with a 17' OR and not wanting to drill a bunch of holes in the gunwales - I built stainless steel clamp/bracket that is contoured to the top and side of the gunwale. All surfaces adjacent to the gelcoat are covered with 1/8" rubber to protect the gelcoat. The downrigger bracket is designed to clamp the vertical side of the gunwale. As such, the load is distributed to the entire gunwale and moving or removing the downrigger bracket simply requires loosening(removing) two 1/4" cap screws. Works very well.

On a previous 13' sport, I rigged up a 2x6 which spanned the width of the gunwales - resting on the gunwales and blocked to prevent sliding. The downrigger mounting brackets were mounted to the 2x6. This worked well on the 13 - but if one wanted to move around, the 2x6 was one more 'hurdle'. ----- Jerry/Idaho

Taylor posted 05-07-2002 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Another good reason to go to a rendezveous. Jerry, will you be bringing that along?
grampapa posted 05-07-2002 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for grampapa  Send Email to grampapa     
Thx for the help guys-Rich
Jerry Townsend posted 05-08-2002 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Taylor - the downrigger brackets? Yes, I haven't removed them in years and they will be on the boat at the rendevous. Personally, I am pleased with them - no holes in the gunwales, easily (re)moved, load distributed over a large section of the gunwale and not placing an obstruction in the boat. --- Jerry/Idaho
Jerry Townsend posted 05-08-2002 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Taylor - rereading your question - you may have been referring to the 13 Sport - No, I sold that when I bought the 17 OR. --- Jerry/Idaho

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