I agree in that it depends on the use of the boat. Still have the other side full gunnel for stowage or a rocket launcher to stow rods. Personally I don't own a rod, growing up I was always the one driving the boat when wen fishing with my buddies because I found staring a a pole waiting for it bend was boring. More interested in looking at the bottom on the machine.As far as that goes, everyone will have different needs there. I've never used the space under my gunnels for storage, so it's not an issue for me, but I can definitely see it being a problem for some.