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bigjohn1 posted 05-21-2005 09:14 AM ET (US)   Profile for bigjohn1   Send Email to bigjohn1  
I just had to give a plug for the quality of installation on the 170 MONTAUK side rails. Along with that, CE Smith rod holders work extremely well on this boat for ocean trolling with heavy saltwater gear. To illustrate my point, just this morning I got a strike from a Marlin which I fought for about 20 minutes before he unfortunately spit the hook. All Marlins strike hard but this seemed like an unusually hard hit when he took the bait. With cheap rail-mounted rod holders or inferior factory rail installation, trolling heavy 80-pound class gear from rails would be an invitation to lose your equipment (and the rail). I troll four rods and utilize rail-mounted outriggers from the side rails of my 170 MONTAUK (using three sets of CE Smith adjustable rod holders). I check my rails after each outing for signs of loosening and to date, they are as tight as can be. We also do a good bit of high speed trolling (13-16knots) for Wahoo with heavy lures weighted to stay down at these speeds. The CE Smith holders are superb as well as the craftsmanship which goes into installing the factory railing...good on you Boston Whaler!

PS - A couple of drops of Blue loctite on all rod holder mounting screws is essential.

WT posted 05-22-2005 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I also recommend the CE Smith rod holders. I plan on getting another set.¤t=DSCN0823.jpg

Moe posted 05-22-2005 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
I strongly recommend them as well. We bought them for our 150 Sport, and when I lifted one out of the box, I thought, "Man, what a chunk of metal." They're heavy and high quality, matching that of a Whaler well.

Definitely use blue Loctite (242) on the big adjustment screw inside the rail bracket.

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