Ideas for rocket launcher

G-Spot

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I brought the boat home and I am going to add hard cabin. Also looking to improve access to rods. I have rocket launcher hanging off the back end of the roof, but my cabin is raised up about 7" higher than the fishing platform. There is a built in tackle storage in the center. The roof is so high that most people cannot access rods. I do it by stretching from the helm level, but I'm 6'1"....

I have searched a lot of images, but don't find anything yet...

Any ideas how to get the rod holders lower? Goat? Bite Me? Have you made one in this application?

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Ugly Bayliner

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Not too hard to lower those or add a lower set, I did something similar a few years ago for Fishin' Luhrs. Some 90deg. Bent tubing over the edge and drop it as low as you want.

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G-Spot

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Not too hard to lower those or add a lower set, I did something similar a few years ago for Fishin' Luhrs. Some 90deg. Bent tubing over the edge and drop it as low as you want.

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Thanks! I was thinking maybe that, but was concerned about the flex from the weight of 15 bouncing rods... obviously not an issue...
 

Grady226

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On some Grady's I have seen the flat bar that mounts to the hard top have a drop down bent or welded in to lower them.
 
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goatram

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On some Grady's I have seen the flat bar that mounts to the hard top have a drop down bent or welded in to lower them.
.I just made a set like this for Doug Dennis St. James for his grady.
 

G-Spot

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.I just made a set like this for Doug Dennis St. James for his grady.
Got any pics? Like to see
How it was done.... mine has flat bar mounted now, and I don't have a tuna tower with tube like the on Bug posted... Any pics of the installed launcher would be awesome!
 

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Nice boat , yeah just a dropped row, match the existing material ....my ride is the same , I'm the only one that can access the top row without someone stepping up on the gunnel.

Kind of like it that way
 

goatram

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I will ask. They were mounted on a 3" flat bar. 6 rod holders on each side of the roof.
 

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I will ask. They were mounted on a 3" flat bar. 6 rod holders on each side of the roof.
It is 1/2" x 3" flat bar, front row goes over, back row goes under, to make make one row slightly higher and they are staggered. It was mounted to the underside of the top.

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Clockwork

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Here are some pics of the launchers that came on my marlin. I'm scrapping these and making my own but he had the right idea of getting them down to a reasonable height. Still on the high side though if you're on the deck but can't go any lower cause the helm is raised like yours.

I've never really liked double row setups even though they look nice. I'm going with a single row that will wrap around the the back of the top.
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G-Spot

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Here are some pics of the launchers that came on my marlin. I'm scrapping these and making my own but he had the right idea of getting them down to a reasonable height. Still on the high side though if you're on the deck but can't go any lower cause the helm is raised like yours.

I've never really liked double row setups even though they look nice. I'm going with a single row that will wrap around the the back of the top.
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Since I have the large built in tackle center right in the middle you can't pass through the center, you must go left or right. If I lower it and leave it same width, you will rack you skull when heading out of the raised helm. I think I will make it narrower, and drop it down 6-8" maybe as much as 10".... if I turn the flat bar up at a 90 degree, Incould then put a 45 degree brace to stiffen the drop. Then at the top turn it back at a 90, so it hangs off the top like yours. Thanks!
 

goatram

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I will ask. They were mounted on a 3" flat bar. 6 rod holders on each side of the roof.




John this the 2 holders I made for Doug. They are pinned 10" holders that are cut to a 20 deg. And then welded to a 3" flat bar.. he mounted it to each side of his top. Climb up on the gunnel and grab the rods and pass them down.



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Grady226

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John this the 2 holders I made for Doug. They are pinned 10" holders that are cut to a 20 deg. And then welded to a 3" flat bar.. he mounted it to each side of his top. Climb up on the gunnel and grab the rods and pass them down.



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Not like that.......On a Grady!
 

Clockwork

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Here's what I did for my last boat. Same problem, middle rods were hard to get to. Double row would have made it worse so I made some that mounted to the top around the sides.
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My issue is less about rod storage while under way and handing them down when it is peaceful and calm. My Grady's were high, but this is real high. In my upper deck (helm) there is 6'9" floor to ceiling height, but it puts things way up there... from the fishing deck another 7-8" lower it's way up there.

I troll with 7-9 rods, and 4-5 people, when rods go off we need some guys to grab the fish rods, others to reel in and stow the other rods and then grab jig and swim bait rods and go to work. I don't like my rods layer all over the place to get beat up or worse.... I need people to access rods and be able to put them up.

I think a version of what Goat did with bent or welded flat bar to drop it down should make it more usable.
 

Meanwhile

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Here is mine. It is a pain to get the middle rods. It used the same bolt holes the stock rod carrier used.



Meanwhile is a 30' Grady White Marlin.
 

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Check out the Rod Gaff on Charkbait. It's made to reach rods that are up in rocket launchers.

A little pricey for what it is but you could fabricate your own pretty easily.


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