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kp1226
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:59 am
My downrigger is a rod holder mount. Is it safe to pull a planer with it being in the rod holder? Looking to pull a sea striker 8 hi speed.

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buzz4prez
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:36 am
You got backing plates on the rod holders?  
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kp1226
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:54 am
Not sure. They are the factory installed ones so Iíll have to check.
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:00 am
I would guess no on the backing plates.

Its not safer one way or the other, as long as there is a backing plate on however you do it.
  
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Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:46 pm
Iíd say no...
Two reasons and example.
When tuna trolling two years ago, I noticed the arm of the rigger dipping closer to the water and at an angle I didnít place it in....
Reeled it in and it was almost impossible to get out of the rod holder.
Turned out the cross piece for the gimble in the bottom of the holder was pressed in with a pin, not welded. Long story short, the down rigger with #8 planer had twisted the bottom of the holder and pulled the sides in uneven and tight.
Also the through hole where the rod holders were bolted had cracked because there was not enough ďmeatĒ near the holder.

What I did was pulled the holders out. (They were 45ís).
Bought new ones that had welded gimble bars. And bought the backing plates for them.
I also refilled the screw holes and added marine bondo with fiber to fill the voids that the boat manufacturer left. Kind of sloppy work.
I sanded the patch. Ensured the proper sized holes for 45 degree holders and replaced with upgraded holder and back plates.
I wouldnít say ther are bomb-proof but they are much stouter now. I also quit using my downrigger 90 degrees off my gunnel when pulling planers, lessened learned.
If we use heavy planers now....we bought a planet rod set up.
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kp1226
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Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:20 am
Thanks for the feedback. Think Iíll keep pulling it off the rear cleat.
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Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:33 am
how fast when you say hi speed? like less than 10 knots?

how about a planer rod? get a swivel insert for the rod holder, in line bridle and you'd be good to go.

you'd still need backing plates
  
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