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Old 03-24-2014   #801
 
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New 16ft Typhoon (diminishing) with Mad Cow 44" Box. Just finishing up the side rails (3/4" marine ply) will post some more pics in a week or so (with bimini).
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Old 03-24-2014   #802
 
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That rod holder is 1.5" poly pipe, no strap (yet) and it's 10' long. It's pretty flexible, especially when warm. On my old boat it ran from the stern, along the sternframe and then along the mainframe ending right at the bow side of the main frame (hence it's length and I have a few 9'6" rods). with that set up the tube sloped down hill from transom to frame, so I never strapped rods in it, they were just held by gravity. A rod lived there most of the time, even at home and never even started to wiggle out. I have plans to make another for the other side and will try running it inside (under the double rail, then sloping down to my bottom row of thwart d-rings). I'm also going to make two for broken down rods (5') that hang under the cross bars next to the coolers/dry boxes. I'll set up the holders so that each fisherman (front and back) will have spot for a rigged rod and broken down rod. I'd like to keep from having rod tubes strapped all over the side of the boat and having to trip on them.

There's another picture of it in post #742 of this thread but no, it doesn't wrap around the boat (as I said above, it did on my old boat). I don't throw two handed rods yet, nor am I likely to so thankfully I don't have to plan for the 14'ers...

The drawback to having it wrap all the way to the back is that you have to get out of the boat to get/store a rod. That's why I originally built it so, I could stash my rod while I rowed, then drop anchor jump out and grab it. For your two handed stuff I doubt getting out will be an issue.
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That rod holder is 1.5" poly pipe, no strap (yet) and it's 10' long. It's pretty flexible, especially when warm. On my old boat it ran from the stern, along the sternframe and then along the mainframe ending right at the bow side of the main frame (hence it's length and I have a few 9'6" rods). with that set up the tube sloped down hill from transom to frame, so I never strapped rods in it, they were just held by gravity. A rod lived there most of the time, even at home and never even started to wiggle out. I have plans to make another for the other side and will try running it inside (under the double rail, then sloping down to my bottom row of thwart d-rings). I'm also going to make two for broken down rods (5') that hang under the cross bars next to the coolers/dry boxes. I'll set up the holders so that each fisherman (front and back) will have spot for a rigged rod and broken down rod. I'd like to keep from having rod tubes strapped all over the side of the boat and having to trip on them.

There's another picture of it in post #742 of this thread but no, it doesn't wrap around the boat (as I said above, it did on my old boat). I don't throw two handed rods yet, nor am I likely to so thankfully I don't have to plan for the 14'ers...

The drawback to having it wrap all the way to the back is that you have to get out of the boat to get/store a rod. That's why I originally built it so, I could stash my rod while I rowed, then drop anchor jump out and grab it. For your two handed stuff I doubt getting out will be an issue.
Thank you for the tips. That helps. It sounds like your plans are similar to mine. I'm just a little concerned that by the time I have all the rod holders I want, it will look like the pipe rack of a plumber's truck. Most of the guys I fish with have systems that involve storing your rod on the side rails fully exposed to being stepped on. I've had one rod snapped by a kid that stepped on it (not my kid), and I'd like it to be my last.
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Old 03-24-2014   #804
 
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Funny, I don't know how many rods my raft has claimed but it's def. more than one!! My old springer took out two Winston's in one jump!

I agree I don't like the sit on top types either. Never tried one, but I see too much to go wrong... That is also one of the ideas behind running short ones inside the frame. You'd have to fold your rod, but you could tuck a couple up under your side decks and not look like a vagrant surveyor...
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Endomadness, that is a fine looking boat! Congrats!
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Old 03-24-2014   #806
 
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This is what I had run last year.. might have to rethink poison with the new side racks.. I cut a little grove on that back side that I wedge between the rod and reel in..

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This is what I had run last year.. might have to rethink poison with the new side racks.. I cut a little grove on that back side that I wedge between the rod and reel in..

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Could you hang them below your crossbars? Might need a slightly shorter slot cut in the tube.
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never thought about below the cross bars.. It could work but not sure.. The slot in the tube is as short as it can be.. The pvc that I used is not big enough to fit the first eye on the rod..
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I was just thinking the same thing but realize that Mr. Cleve has figured out something I had over looked. The stripping guide (first guide from reel) is much larger than the rest, this is why I went with 1.5" pipe, so it would fit in the pipe. He used smaler pipe and cut it to a dimension that fits the stripping guide - Smart! But that will pose a problem to mount underneath. I can see some ideas and it's really intrigueing. but not quite so straightforward (as alwyas with holes in the water)...
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I could run them under the bars but reals and open face faceing down.. I punched to small holes along the open face so I could zip tied it to the rail.. I think I would have to stop and pull them out the front of the boat with this option.. I could not get my rod while in the boat.. I have a 12' frame to work with which is nice.. and can just pull it out the front with the cat where you might be limited witht he raft.. humm... I need to get this figured out before august middle fork.. strapped under the rails and under the side racks for the most part would offer the best protection..
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