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Wet Foot posted 03-04-2004 07:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for Wet Foot   Send Email to Wet Foot  
Hi Guys,

I'm trying to determine if a 5 LB reel mounted to the bow rail of my 2001 Dauntless 18 will bend the rail when I slam down on choppy water. We use these reels (no pole) to troll with hand lines for walleyes in the St. Clair river in Michigan. The reels are 6 inch diameter and take up the line like a window shade. I bought some brackets from Helm Products to mount my 2 reels. I will try to mount them as close to a vertical support as possible. When I push down on the rail while holding the reel, it does move down. I tried to attach to the vertical supports, but it did'nt work. I thought about pushing a soccer ball under the rail to provide vertical support...or possibly waiting until I'm trolling to attach the reels. I'm hoping the rail is strong enough to leave it attached and not worry about extra support. I'm also trying to avoid drilling holes in the boat.

Opinions appreciated!

greyg8r posted 03-06-2004 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for greyg8r    

Since no one else replied, I will. Your bow rail can definitely support 5 lbs of weight. My kids, and I occasionally, hang onto the bow rails when clamoring into the boat with no ill effect.


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