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Where to mount fishing rod holders on a SunDeck Sport?

nessdavynessdavy Posts: 6Member
I am the new owner of a 2013 188 SunDeck.  I love the boat but I cannot see a good place to mount a fishing rod holder for 3 or more rods.  Has anyone mounted a fishing rod holder on their SunDeck?  Is there a good place to do so and does anyone recommend a good rod holder?

Thanks!

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  • Capt_SteveCapt_Steve Posts: 418Member admin
    Hey nessdavy...I've asked a couple of Hurricane Engineers to weigh in on this.
  • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Posts: 481Member, Moderator ✭✭✭
    This is a great question.  I guess it all depends on if you want to drill holes in the gunwales of your new boat or not.  I fish 50% of the time on my boat and have the same dilemma.  I can't bring myself to drill the holes!

    My SD237 I/O has a fender holder mounted in the transom area and I mounted three stainless steel rail mount rod holders on the exterior of the holder and they work pretty well, but they don't help me if I fish elsewhere on the boat.  But I think I may have found my solution. 

     There's a manufacturer named SeaSucker that makes "vacuum" (not "suction") mounted devices and rod holders are one of those products.  They can be mounted pretty much anywhere you have bare fiberglass exposed.  They claim they can also be mounted on non-skid surfaces too.

    Here's the link to the rod holder products page of their website:

    Maybe this will help!
    2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
    2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

  • Capt_SteveCapt_Steve Posts: 418Member admin
    Looks like a pretty slick solution. Let us know if you guys give it a try.
  • nessdavynessdavy Posts: 6Member
    Thanks for the advice - I made an order at Seasucker.  We'll see how it goes.

    Great forum.
  • EpavukEpavuk Posts: 26Member
    I purchased the Seasucker rod holder and it works great on my SD Sport.   I mount it right behind the driver seat on the starboard side near the transom.   Works great!
  • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Posts: 481Member, Moderator ✭✭✭
    That's great to know Epavuk!  Appreciate you sharing.  I'm going to be getting a couple of them as well

    Maybe nessdavy can give us his report when he gets them too.
    2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
    2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

  • nessdavynessdavy Posts: 6Member
    Capt Steve - I bought the Seasucker 3 rod holder with the 4.5 inch suction cups.  It works really great, I'm able to trailer the rods in the rod holder down the road with no problem and the rod holder itself is really sturdy and of good quality. 

    I did the same as Epavuk - mounted the holder behind the driver's seat, starboard side.  The only problem there is that you have to move the rods to put the bimini top down.  You can put the rods back in the holder while the top is down but you have to be careful when you have lures with hooks on them getting caught in the top while you motor around. 


  • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Posts: 481Member, Moderator ✭✭✭
    Thanks for the update, it's much appreciated!  I'll be ordering a couple as well at sometime.
    2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
    2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

  • Capt_SteveCapt_Steve Posts: 418Member admin
    Hey ness...that is good info! Sure got to beat taking the hole saw to your SunDeck. I'll let you know if the engineers ever come up with a solution they've tried. Thanks to everyone for the feedback!
  • nessdavynessdavy Posts: 6Member
    edited December 2013
    Capt Steve - I bought the Seasucker 3 rod holde
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  • Capt_SteveCapt_Steve Posts: 418Member admin
    @nessdavy ... shoot us a pic of that install when you get a chance. Thanks!
  • bfrenchflbfrenchfl Posts: 1Member

    On my 2006 257 Sundeck, I mounted 4 seperate stainless rod holders on the fender mount on the transom. I also bought 4 removeable rod holders from West Marine. They come with a flat plate with 4 screw holes that I mounted on both sides in front and in back. The rod holders slip down in the plate. I remove them when I'm cruising and not fishing.

    Barry

  • ralphhwalkerralphhwalker Posts: 6Member
    I too was looking to install some rod holders, but I could not mount it behind the captains chair as I have a little fishing tackle storage that is right where I would have mounted it:
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    But I found a nice spot to mount some rail mounted rod holders. I tested them out this weekend and they worked so well I am going to get myself another 2 for father's day ;-)
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  • cjjjdeckcjjjdeck Posts: 481Member, Moderator ✭✭✭
    I've got three mounted in the exact same location.

    Thanks for posting the pics!
    2012 SD237 I/O Mercruiser 5.0L MPI ECT/ Bravo 3
    2012 Load Rite Elite Tandem axle trailer

  • ss188riderss188rider Posts: 13Member

    I bought  a seasucker single air tank holder.  I use it on my 2013 ss188 to hold my fishing rods behind the driver's side, starboard side.  I got about 6 fishing rods and it holds them in place.  When trailering, I use the seasucker on the opposite side near the floor to hold them in place.

  • MarlTroutBumMarlTroutBum Posts: 10Member

    Hey ralphhwalker, I like that set up.  Question, did you install that rail from the back of the boat to the port side, or was that already there?  If you installed it, where do you order it from?

  • MarlTroutBumMarlTroutBum Posts: 10Member

    I bought  a seasucker single air tank holder.  I use it on my 2013 ss188 to hold my fishing rods behind the driver's side, starboard side.  I got about 6 fishing rods and it holds them in place.  When trailering, I use the seasucker on the opposite side near the floor to hold them in place.

    ss188rider, with your rods attached behind the captain's chair, do you have any issues with the rods hitting or getting caught up in the bimini top?

  • BWHBWH Posts: 60Member ✭✭

    I have 2006 Fun Deck GS 194, similar to todays Sun Deck.  Not a serious fishermen, but kids like to have a go at it from time to time.  When we are on the water on any normal day (tubing, cruising etc), we put a 38  qt cooler on the floor area just in front of our OB/retractable ski pole.  Area normally has a cushioned seat there that covers the bilge access hatch.  We NEVER use the seat/cushion that is designed for that area as we found ourselves constantly walking on it as we work the tube rope or whatever.   Now to how this relates to this topic...  I do not like to put holes in my boat when I can find another option that fits my needs.   When fishing, I have an old Igloo 38 qt cooler (2 wheels, pull handle on one end, top comes completely off type).  Bought the rod plastic holder at local store and mounted to outside of cooler.  Fits in same floor area nicely.  Cooler only holds 3 rods, but can also be used on the banks of the lake or anywhere else.  We walk across these coolers to fish or work the ski ropes.  Inexpensive and works for me...               

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