Drifter's PVC Rod Holders

Discussion in 'Catfishing Library' started by Whistler, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Original post made by Jim Gilbert(Drifter) on April 24, 2002
    Several posts were combined to make this one.

    Who was it bragging about PVC a while back? Somebody (Loop, Jtrew, Corn?) was tinkering with mounting a board on the boat and PVC holders on the board?

    Well, I need 6 more rod holders on my boat and now I'm not willing to pay the price for the driftmasters, so I started tinkering with a way to build some rod holders that have a quick release feature like the expensive ones. I think I've come up with something -- now I have to figure the best way to mount them.

    This holder has quick release (grab rod setting hook and rod comes right out of holder). Multiple screw mount holes make it adjustable (angle wise). CAN'T beat the cost --- 3" of 4"dia heavy duty PVC ($0.25) and one stainless steel screw.


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    There are 3 images below. The images show several things:
    -- Until they have proven themselves, I didn't want to put tons of screws into my boat, so I borrowed an idea from another board member and put them on a treated 2 x 4 and mounted the 2 x 4 to the boat. Now I've decided that since it is so easily removed, I may just keep it this way.

    -- The 2 x 4 is bolted down to 2 existing Driftmaster bases (No new holes in the boat).

    -- I said the holders were quick release, but that is only true if you put the rods in the way I have shown. If you stick them down in all the way they won't release so quickly. Another board member is sending me a modification that may help that situation.

    -- Kutter mentioned in IE that he installs multiple Cabela QuickDraw bases and the uses the QuickDraw holders in whatever places he needs them. I still believe Kutter is doing it the right way. As I can afford it, I may move to that configuration.

    -- I WAS NOT KIDDING ABOUT ADDING 10 HOLDERS -COUNT THEM!.

    DRIFTER

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    TEMPLATE FOR DRIFTER'S ROD HOLDERS
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    A Tool that You Will Likely Need

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    I have sincerely enjoyed the interest you all have displayed in this rod holder design... I thank you.

    P.S. If there any engineers (or other smart people) on this site that patent and or get even close to rich off this design I WANT HALF!
     
  2. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Continued from previous post by Jim Gilbert

    Improvement to Custom PVC Rod Holders by DRIFTER. --- This is a must make improvement!

    After using the custom PVC holders for a while, I noticed an annoying issue with them when using bait cast reels -- The reels tend to make the rod want to move and roll over in the holder. I have found two ways to correct this:

    1) Modify the shape of the slot in the holder that the rod rests in (I did not want to build 10 more holders in my case), or

    2) Add a "trim" or "edging" material to the slot.
    Since I already had the holders made, I chose this route. The trim was found at a local hardware store, but I believe small diameter heavy duty hose material would also work.


    What this does is alter the shape of the slot that the rod rest in to a shape that "grips" the rod and preventing it from moving or rolling over.

    DRIFTER

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  3. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Original post by Jason K Walker(Syrus) on February 28, 2005


    Well, I tinkered with this idea for quite a while. I made me 8 of these kind and mounted them on a piece of flat bar I bent into shape and painted them all with rustoleum hammered paint.

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  4. JACKSON

    JACKSON New Member

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    That is a good idea. I have seen these on a lot of boats. I have seen them with a slot cut down the middle to make them adjustable with a carriage type bolt and the pvc plug from the hole for the rod handle installed as a washer for the bolt and a wing nut installed under holder for securing the adjustment.
     
  5. A. Hohensee

    A. Hohensee New Member

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    Can not see the images
     
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  6. Mutt

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    You never will since the thread is 12 years old and all new forum software.
     
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    Here you go. Drifter's PVC Rod Holder
     

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    hibankerjack Well-Known Member

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    Holy resurrection Batman. I use PVC for rod holder's, but like this design. Wonder about the strength since I use circles, but will definitely experiment some. I ain't much of an engineer, and physics is just a word that starts with a p to me, but looks like it would hold as a rod loads up.
     
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  10. twaskom

    twaskom Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the USCA forum Alan. Haha, as you so abruptly found out, you posted on an ancient thread. That is ok, you are not the first and won't be the last. You should also notice the you did cause the outpouring of some good info on PVC rod holders with pictures. I don't know if I would trust them for big cats but they look good and for small cats would do fine. Only trouble is your betting a rod and reel on what size cat hits it.

    Mutt,,,,,,,,is a little blunt but he stays busy controlling things and figures it is better to get right to the point.

    If you have the time, go back into your profile and where it says state, type yours in. It will help everyone a lot that are trying to answer questions if they know where you at.

    Again, welcome
    tight lines.
     
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  11. hibankerjack

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    So, made some of these. They will hold 34 lb blue hits and 31 lb flatty hits. I'm very impressed. Both hits I was able to react quickly and get my hand just barely touching the rod as it loaded up, but no worries. The design is solid IMHO.

    We mounted ours a little differently. 2 self tapping screws directly into aluminum, offset the screws a little for extra strength.