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bspencer posted 05-10-2005 03:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for bspencer   Send Email to bspencer  
Hello All

Well I finally have that Whaler I've ben dreaming about for the past 25+ years. A used (new to me) 2001 Dauntless 160 with the 90 HP 4S.

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/brent_s@pacbell.net/detail?.dir=a633&.dnm=7c0f.jpg&.src=ph

Now that I've had it out a few times this year, I have a growing list of items I want to change. The most pressing issue is the location of the Cannon easi-troll2 downriggers. Presently, they are located just forward of the center console. I like the fact that I don't have to keep turning my head while trolling. But, I don't like the way the wires will tend to rub on the boat while making turns or trolling in a cross current.

They are rail mounted and it looks like I need to have a verticle rail at the mounting location. This means that I would have to mount them pointing aft behind the rear seats or about even with the helm/livewell, pointing outward.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
Brent

bsmotril posted 05-12-2005 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Longer booms on the downriggers might fix the rubbing problem if you want to leave them in your present location. My father built a downrigger board for his boat. It extends completely across the rear of the boat, just in front of the transom. Each end overhangs the water by about 8" and a downrigger is mounted on each end. The middle part of the board where it is over the cockpit contains additional rod holders, a bait chopping table, and holders for plier and drinks. His boat is a regular walkthough runabout, and not a fishing boat. But, a rig like that, which can be removed, might be the way to go, and be the easier than rail or gunnel mounts. BillS
bspencer posted 05-12-2005 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for bspencer  Send Email to bspencer     
Thanks for the idea, I really like the idea of the cutting board as I currently do not have a dedicated bait cutting station. That would be really easy to build and mount on a small pedestal on each gunnel. I just have to set it up so it does not conflict with the kicker.

Thanks,
Brent

Divedog posted 05-12-2005 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Divedog  Send Email to Divedog     
On my Montauk I located the downriggers towards the stern but mounted my rod holders even with the center console. This way I can watch the line without turning around but the downrigger assembly stays out of the way. With 30" arms on my Scotty downriggers I don't have any cable rub on the hull.
lurkynot posted 05-18-2005 04:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for lurkynot  Send Email to lurkynot     
easy on those bowrails. I have an 18 Duantless where I have rigged a clever track system in the same areas shown on your setup. Mine are used - or
used to be - to pull a dipsy setup salmon fishing in the Great Lakes. Way to much load for that. I have had the welds at the stanchions below the rails where the track was rigged re-welded only one time. No more dipsys in those areas, have moved them to my main rigger board located aft. Those down riggers could potentially pose a problem in your setup. And in my experience they work better as far back as you can get them for trolling in not so nice seas. I still use the rod holders on the rails, however with a much lighter application, say walleye trolling where the load is far less than them dipsys pulling to reach desired levels. Hate to see any harm come to your newbie. oh by the way nice choice in the boat. I think you will love the service that boat will give you I would'nt give mine up for anything. However the rig pulling it in the picture is a rental I hope. I have some pictures of my down rigger board mounted on my dauntless that I find very useful. Your setup looks to be a bit different but it may spawn some ideas. Don't know how to link them from this sight like you did with the boat pictures. I will try forwarding them to your email address.
bspencer posted 05-18-2005 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for bspencer  Send Email to bspencer     
Rental rig? No, thats mine with the V8 it pulls the boat very well yet still gets decent gas mileage on my 100 mile r/t commute. But, it desperatly needs a lift and bigger tires. I had two very bad experiences with FORD Trucks and have been a Toyota owner ever since. But, thats just my personal experience and opinion.
Thanks for the advice on the downrigger locations, I will be moving them aft for sure. I have a really nice peice of Ash that I've been keeping in my garage for years. All I need to do is mount two pedestals and add a cutting board bait station in the center.
Brent

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