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Knot at Work posted 03-18-2004 09:21 AM ET (US)   Profile for Knot at Work   Send Email to Knot at Work  
Hey Fellas,

I am getting my sweet little 170 ready for the spring fishing, I bought two stainless steel Ratchet Rod Holders to mount on the side rails pointing aft to allow fo trolling, my question before I mount em, you guys have any probs mounting them down low on the bach of the rail ?

What About inside the rail?




Knot at Work posted 03-18-2004 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
before you english majors get me

FOR for FO


WT posted 03-18-2004 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I also am looking at buying two stainless steel rod holders to be mounted on the side rails.

Any recommendations as to a good set of stainless steel rod holders with a rail mount would be appreciated.

(I'm not sure if I would rather get plastic ones that rotate 360 degrees.)

Moe posted 03-18-2004 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
These are the ones I'm considering for the 150:


Knot at Work posted 03-18-2004 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
Moe those are real nice!

I bought two from West Marine for 39.99 get one free. They are stainless will try them this season and see what happens


WT posted 03-18-2004 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Thanks Moe:

Cabela's is out of stock. I just emailed CE Smith to see if I can buy them direct. They have a new adjustable mid mount out.

cape_rover posted 03-18-2004 03:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for cape_rover  Send Email to cape_rover     
I read somewhere that the West Marine (aka perko) rod holders should not be used in saltwater - sorry I forget the link. Perko has a $80 MSRP rod holder for saltwater applications. Boatersworld has this rod holder for $50 - no tax and free shipping on $100 orders.
LabRtvr posted 03-18-2004 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for LabRtvr    
My Perko rod holders are mounted facing aft on inside of the verticle support rail and that location works great.
wetdog posted 03-18-2004 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for wetdog  Send Email to wetdog     
Knot at work,

I have the same boat and just went through the same process of trying to decide on which rod holders to buy. You should go over to Sam's on Canal Road in Orange Beach. They sell the "Taco Sportfishing" stainless steel adjustable rod holders for $41.99 each. I just bought two of them, the price is better than any mail order that I could find. They are really beautiful and look just like the Smith holders (may even be the same product, just relabeled?). I plan on getting another pair to mount on the vertical console rails, for holding the boga grip, etc. Let me know if you need directions to Sam's, it really is the best place to shop.


Perry posted 03-18-2004 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
Check these out. They are very heavy duty and can handle large offshore poles without slipping due to their 4 bolts and nylon inserts.

Beaner posted 03-18-2004 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Beaner  Send Email to Beaner     

I have two types of rail mount rod holders on my 170, Lee's and Precision. Although these are both expensive ($75 for Lee's and around $90 for Precision) they are both made extremely well. The Lee's is chrome over brass and the Precision is stainless. Overall I like the Lee's better due to smaller mounting piece, but both are excellent rod holders that perform well in saltwater. I mount the Lee's on the inside vertical portion of the side rail at about equal height of the rail. I mount it here as to not interfere with my Mills mooring cover and bimini. Also, I like the holders on the inside for rod security reasons. The Precisions are in the front bow rail. I just picked up two more Lee's holders to put up front. I may not use the other ones. I don't think you will find someone say a bad thing about the Lee's. They are that good! Hope this helps.
Joe Kriz posted 03-18-2004 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Joe Kriz  Send Email to Joe Kriz     
I agree with Beaner....

The original Rail Mount Rod Holders that Boston Whaler has always used in the past has been Lee's...

For some reason Lee's does not list them on their Web Site... Go figure?

They are available from Lee's and other sources and I have never had any problems with them in over 20 years.... Top Quality products.....

Knot at Work posted 03-19-2004 10:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Knot at Work  Send Email to Knot at Work     
Lab, Wet and Beaner thanks fellas

good idea on the inside rail, I have a custom mooring cover also and I dont want the rod holders to pop up and interfere with the watertight tension.

good gouge thanks fellas,


HawaiianWhaler posted 03-19-2004 06:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for HawaiianWhaler  Send Email to HawaiianWhaler     
I had those Lee's rail mount rod holders on my old Katama and they worked beautifully for the 23 years I had that boat.

But you're Knot (sorry, couldn't resist ;-)) asking about what kind of rod holder to use since you already have those ratchet-type holders. My 2 cents on where on the rail to mount them is to take into account your knees and shins.

Mounting anything on the inside of the rails will increase the chances of dinging your legs if you operate in rough water or have to scramble around fighting a fish. Been there and done that. While the scabs healed, I finalized mounting my Lee's rod holders on the outside of the rail. They were low enough to be about even with the horizontal rail, and I never had a rod'n'reel ever threaten to jump ship, even in some near 'Perfect Storm' seas. Of course these were 12/0 Penn Senators so their weight helped hold them in, but I also always used a 'safety line on them.

If you decide to mount the rod holders outboard of the rails, just use a safety line from the reel to a fixed point on the boat/rail and you won't have to worry about losing any tackle overboard. Make the line long enough that you can take the rod'n'reel out of the holder and bring it inboard before you unsnap the safety line from the reel.

Good fishing!

cmarques posted 03-19-2004 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
I have both Tigress and Perko rail mount holders on my Dauntless- The Perkos after a year already have some pitting and corrosion mostly on the rail clamp? and flange area. The Tigress ones look much better and also polish up better when cleaned. I've trolled with Penn Senators in all 4 and held up well- one got bent hitting a dock though- duh..


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