My Rod Holder Rack/ sonar Rack

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by nevets91, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. nevets91

    nevets91 New Member

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    i built this last night with one of my friends i just used a piece of copper pipe. i wanted aluminum but couldnt find the size i wanted so i may do it with aluminum one day but this is what it looks like

    tell me what you think or if there are any changes you would make to it.
    i cant wait to get slime on it

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  2. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Steven it looks good. I don't know if it will stand up to the pressures of a big blue of Flathead. Good luck and let us know how it preforms.
     

  3. nevets91

    nevets91 New Member

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    i was thinking the same thing but ive put plent of pressure on it and it aint goin any where its alot stronger than you think i can lean on it with no problems and ive put alot of pressure on the rods to test it. im pretty sure it will handle it no problem. and if it does break it just gives me an excuse to build something new.:smile2:
     
  4. centexcop

    centexcop Well-Known Member

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    It looks good. You might want to either clear coat it or paint it to keep it from tarnishing. Or you could just use some never dull to keep it shining.
     
  5. nevets91

    nevets91 New Member

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    yeah ill prob be pulling it off and painting it once i fish with it some and make sure i like it. i didnt wanna take the time to paint it untill i know im going to be keeping it on my boat for a while. but thanks for the input
     
  6. brownie525

    brownie525 New Member

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    that was my first thought as well. it looks like very cool and you did a nice job on it, I just dont know if id trust the copper pipe.:cool2:
     
  7. centexcop

    centexcop Well-Known Member

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    The copper pipe should stand up pretty good.... However, once it starts to bend the least little bit, it will break. There's very little flex before it snaps.
     
  8. nevets91

    nevets91 New Member

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    i had the same concerns at first but after building it and seeing the pressure it can handle i think it will do just fine. but ill probably replace it with aluminum when i find the right size. it will prob take about 30-45 minutes tops to switch everything over and get a new piece of pipe on
     
  9. etexun

    etexun New Member

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    That is a nice neat looking job.
     
  10. nevets91

    nevets91 New Member

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    thanks i just hope it works as well
     
  11. ccat

    ccat Well-Known Member

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    I, like others, think it looks good, but worry about the stiffness. What is that for your supports? I assume those are some kind of about 5/8 inch steel rods? Copper isn't the hardest metal either.
    Maybe before replacing like others have said, you might put a support down from the middle or two supports down from either side of the depth finder.
    It just looks too "thin" for my liking. When I think catfish, I think "thick" and "tough".
    Good luck with it. It is always a great feeling when you build something yourself and put it to good use.
    My bar in the back of my SeaArk is 1x3 aluminum supported by 4x4 aluminum posts. It works fine. Just modify it if it starts to bend.
    Good luck and catch a bunch
     
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  12. boombalaty

    boombalaty New Member

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    Man I think it looks great! I wouldnt change a thing:wink:
     
  13. nevets91

    nevets91 New Member

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  14. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    If you do decide you need something stronger. Look at this. I had it on my boats and its tough you can anchor the boat with it. Also get 3/8" or 1/2" quick nuts and mount the holders easy adjustment. Just slide them side to side.
    http://www.mountsandmore.com/asp/show_detail.asp?sku=LU1249&PiID=11557&refid=FR2-LU1249_11557
    use these to mount the rod holders.
    http://store.eberliron.com/products/unistrut_parts/unistrut_spring_nuts_and_hardware/kwik_washers
    End caps for it also.
    http://www.unistrut.com/Browse/cat_pg.php?P=S02_End_Caps
    Pete
     
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  15. PHLIPS4BIGKATS

    PHLIPS4BIGKATS New Member

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    If you want to do a simple upgread in the future and keeping it just like you have it. Just change your copper out to a piece of 1/2in ridged conduit, or stainless steel 1/2in pipe. Just a thought. But it does look good, tell us how she fairs after a goog work out.
     
  16. nevets91

    nevets91 New Member

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    yeah i think when i upgrade it will just be changing the pipe out om going to keep the same size ill just go to either aluminum, conduit, or stainless steel. what ever i can find for a good price but i think the copper will work just fine for the time being
     
  17. BIG_D

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    Steven thats a good looking rod holder i like the fish finder mounted there too :cool2:
     
  18. catfisherman369

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    thats a good looking rod holder