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FSHN FOOL posted 12-29-2003 03:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for FSHN FOOL   Send Email to FSHN FOOL  
I HAVE RECENTLY PURCHASED 18 OUTRAGE. IHAVE PENN DOWNRIGGERS THAT I WANT TO MOUNT.JUST CURIOUS IF ANYONE IN FORUM HAS DONE THIS. I HAVE SOME IDEAS BUT LOOKING FOR MORE
Jerry Townsend posted 12-29-2003 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Fishen Fool - Welcome to the forum. I'm sure that you will enjoy and benefit from the site. Congradulations on buying your boat - you will enjoy it - and you have one of the best boats available. Now, some will suggest that you don't use all caps.

Now, I don't know what 18 Outrage you have. I have a '96 17 Outrage and rigged up downrigger mounts that I like very much. There are commercial downrigger mounts available - however, I haven't really looked at any of them in any detail. I made mine of 3/16 Stainless - contoured to fit exactly the gunwale and the load is then distributed to the entire gunwale and "clamped" to the gunwales and as such - they are not bolted or screwed to the boat. They are moved (removed) by simply loosening (removing) two 1/4 in machine screws.

I can e-mail you more detailed information or send you a copy of the drawing I made for mine - as you might desire. ---- Jerry/Idaho

FSHN FOOL posted 12-31-2003 05:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for FSHN FOOL  Send Email to FSHN FOOL     
Thanks for the reply Jerry.I was thinking along the same lines and maybe a stainless strap to the inside.The downriggers have a 48" boom with 10lb weights(ocean trolling)
Jerry Townsend posted 01-01-2004 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
FSHN FOOL - A little more explaination - mine are contoured to fit the top and the inboard side of the gunwale. I made the clamp using, in part, a flat piece of SS on the inside of the inboard side of the gunwale - using two 1/4 - 28 machine screws.

Incidently, I have 1/8 inch rubber (rubber innertube) between the glass and the stainless - protects the glass and helps prevent slippage, et.al.

I use 8 lb balls and a 3 foot boom - but you should be alright. The mounts I made put the load on the entire gunwale - instead of at a localized location. And a good secret - the vertical web (inboard side of the gunwale) is extremely strong with this loading. ---- Jerry/Idaho

LuckyLady posted 01-02-2004 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for LuckyLady  Send Email to LuckyLady     
Jerry, I would also like a copy of your drawing and more info on your downrigger mounts, if possible.
Mahalo, Rene'

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