How to Store Fishing Poles on the Side of a Boat

How to Store Fishing Poles on the Side of a Boat
Fishing poles can be nuisance while you are driving a boat. The poles are delicate and can break if they are not stored in a secure location. Several storage solutions are available for the side of the boat. The storage will prevent the rods from becoming damaged, and it will clear space on the floor of the boat. Rod holders can be built from PVC, but commercial holders are easier to install and the cost is not exceedingly high.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tape measure
  • Marker
  • Rod rack
  • Self tapping screws
  • Caulking gun
  • Waterproof caulking
  • Rags
Step 1
Purchase a rod rack that is designed to be mounted in a boat. The best racks are built from rubber or other waterproof materials. Avoid racks with properties that will corrode after extensive contact with water.
Step 2
Measure the dimensions of the rack and determine the placement on the side of the boat. Depending on the size of the boat, you will have to work around seats and other obstacles. Also determine the length of the rods that you will store and be sure the rods will clear all obstacles.
Step 3
Use a black marker to mark where the top of the rod rack will be placed. Use the marker to mark where the bottom of the rack will be placed. Also mark each end of the rack position. Use a level to trace the outline of the rack on the side of the boat.
Step 4
Hold the rack in place and double check the position with the level. Use self tapping screws and an electric drill to hang the rack. Check the level and make minor adjustments as you place each screw.
Step 5
Hang your rods in the rack to be sure the placement is accurate. Remove the rods from the rod rack. Use waterproof caulk and a caulking gun to seal the edges of the rack from water. Use a rag to clean any extra caulking.

Tips & Warnings

Measure the diameter of the boat hull and use screws that will not penetrate the boat. Rods are lightweight, and you will only need a short bite on the boat to hold the rack.
Drilling through the entire boat hull will cause the boat to leak. If you drill through the boat, you must make repairs to seal the hull before launching on the water.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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