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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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