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Offline Letterman1

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new to rigging, need advice please
« on: July 26, 2020, 04:39:50 pm »
Hello all, this may be long winded, my apologies.  Ive decided to pull the trigger and rig my boat for downrigging and dipseys, what a learning curve this is from float fishing and casting spinnerbaits! I have a Lowe FM165 with narrow gunnels.  My friend uses a track system to attach his mounts but his gunnels are wider, mine are about 2.25" wide and it looks like the bolt holes for the track mount are too far apart for my gunnels to hold it securely.  I've considered using a 2x6 across the back but before I start drilling holes I wanted to ask for some advice.  I know there is a track system that also offers clamps specifically designed for the Lowe boat, however they are in the states and charge quite a bit for shipping and I cant find any local distributors.   As I said, I wanna try both downrigging and using dipseys.  So, any suggestions?
Thanks in advance

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Re: new to rigging, need advice please
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2020, 05:28:12 pm »
Metal Supermart. Go get two 4" X 4" X 1/4" thick aluminum 'L' brackets and bolt them in front of the driver on both gunnels to mount the riggers. I do this and cables/lines do not touch the side of the boat as some are worried about. Then you can watch for hits without twisting your neck all the time and respond to hits much faster. You are also midships rather than near the back so safety is enhanced. So what if you have to drill 8 1/4" holes to mount the brackets just below the gunnels? Well above the water line and as for aesthetics ..... it's a fishing boat. ;D

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Re: new to rigging, need advice please
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2020, 06:21:17 pm »
Thankyou Louis, I never thought of that.  I think I know what your talking about, if you have some pics could I ask you to post them please.

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Re: new to rigging, need advice please
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2020, 04:32:20 am »
Google is your friend. Many ways to do it. Canon sells a clamp-on one as well.

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Re: new to rigging, need advice please
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2020, 11:36:32 am »
You can also mount your downriggers on pedestals and the pedestals on a track. Mount the track on the floor or a raised rear platform of your boat.


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Re: new to rigging, need advice please
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2020, 05:29:44 pm »
Take a look at Justin Girards  setup.   I can't say for sure but it looks removable and very functional, with durability in mind.    Not the prettiest but that in the eye of the beholder.   
My new boat has the riggers in the gunnel but my old boat was mounted with seat pedestals inside the boat to have the riggers reach over the gunnel.   

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Re: new to rigging, need advice please
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2020, 12:32:21 pm »
https://photos.app.goo.gl/jVtr21ALZYDY4gSw6

Scotty pedestal mount in my boat.
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Re: new to rigging, need advice please
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2020, 01:12:46 pm »
https://photos.app.goo.gl/jVtr21ALZYDY4gSw6

Scotty pedestal mount in my boat.

That is a very nice clean set up Terrance. How did you bolt that to the floor?

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Re: new to rigging, need advice please
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2020, 10:26:46 am »
https://photos.app.goo.gl/zTxvwvU2ybxvKcmQ6
They are mounted on the rear deck Brian easy to get at from underneath
I really like this setup, easy on and off. Out of the way and the bases just stay with the boat.
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Re: new to rigging, need advice please
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2020, 09:38:23 pm »
I have princecraft boat with this OEM downrigger support:

https://images.boatdealers.ca/boat-reviews/2019/princecraft/w700/princecraft-hudson-downrigger-mount.jpg


They are very strong and do not take too much space.

Just an idea.

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Re: new to rigging, need advice please
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2020, 09:54:33 pm »
I have princecraft boat with this OEM downrigger support:

https://images.boatdealers.ca/boat-reviews/2019/princecraft/w700/princecraft-hudson-downrigger-mount.jpg


They are very strong and do not take too much space.

Just an idea.

Theres a welder in my area I was going to have fabricate just that idea.  Where did you get those.  BTW, thankyou for all the responses everyone

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Re: new to rigging, need advice please
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2020, 10:07:14 pm »
I have princecraft boat with this OEM downrigger support:

https://images.boatdealers.ca/boat-reviews/2019/princecraft/w700/princecraft-hudson-downrigger-mount.jpg


They are very strong and do not take too much space.

Just an idea.

Theres a welder in my area I was going to have fabricate just that idea.  Where did you get those.  BTW, thankyou for all the responses everyone

Got them with my boat.