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I am in need of some suggestions with regards to a boat project. I’ve just purchased 4 Scotty side mount rod holders. These are being mounted just below the gunnels of a 12’ open aluminum fishing boat. Sounds simple right? Not!

The problem I’m having is that the inside lip of the gunnel itself extends inboard just enough to interfere with the positioning of the rod holders in their bases. Consequently, I’m going to have to stand the bases out from direct contact with the side of the boat, about ½” to allow for this needed clearance.

The obvious solution to this is cut wood spacers to go between the side of the boat the bases of the rod holders. However, I do not want to use wood, as these bases will not be removed and will be exposed to the weather all season long.

I checked online for spacer material other than wood (aluminum, Plexiglas, fiber board), but some of these are very costly (for what you are getting). So….I’m seeking suggestions as to what I can use to accomplish this project.

I’ve thought about using stainless washers (around each screw) to move the bases away from the side of the boat, but I’m not sure if they will provide the necessary strength and integrity for the holders when in use? In other words, entire base would not be in direct contact with the inside of the boat if I use some type of washers to stand them out. I do hope that makes some sense!?

If any of you have any thoughts/suggestions as to what I might consider using, I’d really appreciate it. The dimension of each base is only 4” x 2”, with 4 screws which will go through the side of the boat and connect with a Scotty backing plate on the outboard side of the hull.

Thank you all!

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Plastic cutting board. I used it as a spacer for my Talon and its been 6 years worry free

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1 minute ago, slonezp said:

Plastic cutting board. I used it as a spacer for my Talon and its been 6 years worry free

1001 uses.  Kayak anglers have been mounting things to cutting boards for decades.

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Thanks guys! You were correct on the cutting board! 


As I alluded to, the gunnels of this small boat proved to be especially difficult to overcome, as far as interference was concerned. You guys suggested getting a plastic kitchen cutting board and cutting it up for spacer material to stand out the bases of each holder. This would allow the rod holders to swivel freely, without interference from these roll over type gunnels. I bought a 20" x 15" cutting board at Walmarts.

A member of our state forum (MaAngler's) volunteered to help with cutting up the board and drilling the holes. Took no time at all and this allowed mounting the rod holder bases to become a much easier task. Attached are the photos of our efforts.

 

Well.....for whatever reason, I cannot upload the pictures of our efforts. I've reduced the pixel size down to 300 (from 2465!) on this series of pictures. Yet, when I hit "choose files", it gives me the same error message, "Max total size 1.46MB". So I guess I am unable to post pictures anymore? Sorry.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Crestliner2008 said:

Thanks guys! You were correct on the cutting board! 


As I alluded to, the gunnels of this small boat proved to be especially difficult to overcome, as far as interference was concerned. You guys suggested getting a plastic kitchen cutting board and cutting it up for spacer material to stand out the bases of each holder. This would allow the rod holders to swivel freely, without interference from these roll over type gunnels. I bought a 20" x 15" cutting board at Walmarts.

A member of our state forum (MaAngler's) volunteered to help with cutting up the board and drilling the holes. Took no time at all and this allowed mounting the rod holder bases to become a much easier task. Attached are the photos of our efforts.

 

Well.....for whatever reason, I cannot upload the pictures of our efforts. I've reduced the pixel size down to 300 (from 2465!) on this series of pictures. Yet, when I hit "choose files", it gives me the same error message, "Max total size 1.46MB". So I guess I am unable to post pictures anymore? Sorry.

 

 

Nicely Done.

As for the pics - click on my attachments at the top under your profile tab - the top of that page will indicate how much "space" you've used or got let or not have left.

May need to purge a few attachments to make space - (get out of the red)

I'm constantly doing this as I like to post too many pics.

Good Luck & Congrats on your successful project completion. 

:smiley:

A-Jay

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Thanks again A-Jay! I didn't know about that storage place! Just deleted a bunch and am going to try to post the pictures again here.

 

Nope.....I eliminated 70% of the pictures in my attachment area. Then I went back and tried to add the reduced sized pictures here. The first picture still gave me the same error message! LOL! Unbelievable.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Crestliner2008 said:

Thanks again A-Jay! I didn't know about that storage place! Just deleted a bunch and am going to try to post the pictures again here.

 

Nope.....I eliminated 70% of the pictures in my attachment area. Then I went back and tried to add the reduced sized pictures here. The first picture still gave me the same error message! LOL! Unbelievable.

 

 

You're welcome my friend, I took a shot.

Unfortunately that is pretty much the extent of my technical ability.

Sorry.

A-Jay

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Just use a free hosting service:

 

https://postimages.org/

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On 3/15/2019 at 7:27 AM, slonezp said:

Plastic cutting board. I used it as a spacer for my Talon and its been 6 years worry free

That was going To be my suggestion.  I use it on my kayak and my boat.  

 

1001 uses is correct.  

 

 

Also, find an app to resize photos on your phone before posting.  Your phone is set most likely to the maximum resolution, so you can significantly reduce the size and still have a clear image for us.

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Cutting board or get some flat PVC trim at your local home Depot or Lowe's . It's dirt cheap strong WATERPROOF and light. If they don't carry it half inch thick just double up a piece of the 1/4 

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