Rod Holders on a Rolled edge Skiff.

Med Sun

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I know it's not a down east but it is from Maine. I have a Maritime Skiff, and I would like to add rod holders to it. My thought is to sand the gel coat off and laminate 2 pieces off 3/4 marine ply to the hull with epoxy and add a top rail and side plates to it for strength. Any thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

Eslang

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I would install bunk type rod holders to the inside of the hull. That's what we did on my Carolina skiff. You can add some teak or other non rot wood as a backer for strength & rigidity.
 

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I used to work for maritime back in the day. Other than your standard flush mount rod holders in the stern corner gussets, bulkhead mount rod holders are your best option. I am pretty sure you will need some sort of backing plate to stiffen the hull though.
 

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I was thinking of using the ld marine bulkhead rod holders. I am hesitant in drilling through the hull and installing a backing plate on the outside of the hull, that is why I want to beef it up with some wood. I was planning on using lags with 5200. If i decide to go through the hull I will still beef up the inside with at least 3/4 ply. Thanks Guys. Buy the way my skiff does not have the stern corner gussets I wish it did.
 

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Probably just semantics but you wouldn't want to use a true lag bolt in your Maritime. If it is indeed a Maine-built model, there is no encapsulated wood in it (it is as well made as any skiff in existence, IMO). I recall installing a pair of 45〫flushmounts on a mahogany seat that ran athwartships on a small skiff and the owner loved the setup. If you have seats like this and want to do this, make sure that you have a rod and reel handy so that the rodholders are as close to the rail as possible without actually touching them (when pulling the rods free of the holders).
 

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If you have any experience working fiberglass then it should be very easy to add the stern corners in for the rod holders. I think the LD's are overkill (and a little pricy) for a maritime. They sure will work though. I geuss it depends on how you want to use the rod holder. Is it just a place to put a rod when your bass fishing and have a chunk out/trolling?
 
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