Mounting rod holders to a New SeaArk

Discussion in 'Boating' started by bigfishcatcher, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. bigfishcatcher

    bigfishcatcher New Member

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    I have a new SeaArk jet tunnel and want to mount some rod holders
    not sure how to attach them to the gunnel. I have noticed a lot of people
    use the drift master rod holds. Which mounting plate should I use???
    How to fasten them to the gunnel???


    Thanks
    Gary Weaver
     
  2. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    I used 5/16-18 nut inserts on mine and drilled the base to accept the larger bolts, they are rock solid. Another guy used the 1/4-20 nut inserts and he doesn't seem so sure about the security.

    Mine are solid.
     

  3. duckalot

    duckalot Well-Known Member

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    Hey Skipeye, Did you have some pics on here at one time of your mounting system? I would like to add a couple more to the front of my boat and sturdy up the ones I have.
     
  4. Grumper

    Grumper New Member

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    I'm probably the one skippy's talking about. I had a set of driftmaster mounted on the rail, fastened by 1/4-20 nut inserts, and they always worked themselves loose. Since then, I replaced the driftmasters on the rails with Scotty Powerlocks. I'm still using the drifmasters attached to the back deck though.
     
  5. Big Dav

    Big Dav New Member

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    Skips got you in the right direction with the nut-serts , or rivet nuts(riv-nuts). I mounted a lot of goodies on my boat using them. If they will work for me on seat bases they are going to hold any fish that will hit them. IMHO :eek:oooh::crazy::wink:

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    David
     
  6. doodles_27302

    doodles_27302 New Member

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    ok guys what are you talking about when you say nut inserts:eek:oooh:
     
  7. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    Somebody *coughdavecough* needs to write this up, and put it in the library.
     
  8. great pappy cat

    great pappy cat Active Member

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    I also just got a new sea ark home and need to mount more rod holders. I already have some scottys but Im not sure if a self tapping screw will be enough to hold them in 1/8 aluminum on the capriel? What are the thread insert thingys and where do I get ahold of some?
     
  9. Dave L

    Dave L New Member

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  10. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    I bought my 2072 and have 12 driftmasters all around Look in my images for the pics. I bought the triangle bases and Cooks in Troy MO installed them with regular screws I believe. I have had no problems with them. Largest hog to date 72 lbs 8 oz.
     
  11. Grimpuppy

    Grimpuppy New Member

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    I also use rivet nuts. I got my gun at Fastenal a few years ago.
     

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  12. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    Guys
    Ny-lock nuts are good for those rod holders.

    U know the nut with nylon inserts in the threads they will not vibrate loose with them.
     
  13. seaark ryan

    seaark ryan New Member

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    I put 17 Drift Master rod holder mounts on my SeaArk and at first I just screw them down with self tapers. Seamed to work good. After a few trips on some rough roads and water they were starting to come loose. I them tried to make a 1/16" thick rubber gasket and installed under them, it helped but still would work loose over time. So I talked to a fab shop about having them welded on and to see how much. Only $65.00 labor so I had it done! I used the Flat bases that you can get at Walmart. $4.95 each. They are so strong that if you snag a rod holer on the dock railing it will snap the stem of the holer off above the nut. I go get some pics and post
     
  14. seaark ryan

    seaark ryan New Member

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    Here are a few pics
     

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  15. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Congrats on the new boat and welcome to the BOC, this site is full of good info and great people
     
  16. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Ken, there is no access to the threaded stem of the driftmaster when installed on a gunnel so you can't put a nylock on it.