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montaukman posted 03-22-2005 01:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for montaukman   Send Email to montaukman  
Hi..can anyone tell me iof there is any wood or phenolic on the area between the two rear step seats on the 170. I want to mount some vertical rod holdrs there and want to make sure that they can hold.

I don't see any reference to it on the wood diagram yet I did see that Mr. Tabasco installed the holders. They look great and i want to emulate his idea. See Cetacea 58.


Alan Camhi

dcritch posted 03-22-2005 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for dcritch  Send Email to dcritch     
There are two 170s featured in the Cetacea 58 article. Both attatched rod holders to the inboard side of the splashwell. One owner recollected reaching through the round service port located below the starboard step to add backing. I removed the service port on my 2004 170 and found that a fiberglass wall eliminates the ability to reach through from behind to add backing. The other owner recalled that there was no backing and none was added. His dealer screwed the rack to the fiberglass/foam face of the splashwell and after a couple years of service its held well.

I would like to add a rodholder to the splashwell myself so any advice on how the fasten securely would be appreciated.

montaukman posted 03-22-2005 09:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for montaukman  Send Email to montaukman     

I was thinking about this.

what about taking two pieces of thin starboard, maybe 3/8" and glueing them on either side of the splashwell. Then drill holes matching the mounting pattern of the rod holder through the two pieces on either side and the splash well. Then take a long machine screw with washer and lock nut and screw everything down.

This will hopefully create an even distribution of the load and will not crush the splash well (if it is hollow inside).

A little bit of work but I think the benefits outweigh the hassle. I really like the look. The rod holder is about $120 and i thing the star board is about $25 or so.

Anyone have any comments. I am all ears.

Still puzzled about my wiring too but i'll get there.



bsmotril posted 03-23-2005 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
You can always drill a small 1/16 diameter test hole and check the shavings for wood. It is easy to patch such a hole to make it invisible. If it is foam, there is a lot of good info in old threads here on how to make a solid mounting plug within the foam core made of epoxy to take the screw loading.

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