Just wanted to share... I updated my rod rack a bit to fix a problem with it blowing over onto me in the right wind (didn't lean out far enough to overcome the wind force if that makes sense...) and to update the rod receptacles. Hope someone can use the ideas or get some inspiration from it! :) OLD: NEW: Enjoy! _SHig
I found them at Lowes if anyone is interested. (the pins with the clip)
Very interesting design......I like it.....2 thumbs up!!! AT
Velcro really doesn't attract any more than your tube or toon do. Put the soft fuzzy side on your tube, the little hook side on whatever you want to connect. You could sew a 1' wide strip down both sides of the tube (the length of the tube) and be able to attach anything without PVC and keep your tube much lighter. On my deck of my PONTOON, I covered it with patio carpeting. Mostly for reflection and heat, but the plus was that VElCRO sticks to it. I put a small patch of velcro on the bottom of the Rubbermade container I use for my dog, the bottom of my battery box, and the small box I take for wet flies and left over fluoro. They stick GREAT! In fact, I put a 2" by 4" piece of the hook velcro on the bottom of one of the Scotty rod holders and it held just fine.
Black tubes are ABS (plastic) pipe. Not painted. You can get it at "the Depot". I've seen grey PVC in addition to regular white. The only thing about the Velcro that I wouldn't like is it would probably collect surface scum and algae and mess up the "clean" I like on my boats. Call me crazy! Also, from then on I'd be limited to using that spot and have to constrain future designs to that. Again, it's the engineer in me thinking out loud. I think a bungee and hook to the underside D-ring is a fine solution! :) _SHig
I can see where the glue would fail with heat of the sun, but I am thinking of sticky back to make locating a breeze, then sew. This may be a silly question, but are the black tubes painted? I'm not aware of pvc tubing in other than white. Illinoisgiller
And it doesn't mess up Credit Cards, Velcro does nothing for the old joints though
Sewing on Velcro is a great idea! Damn, wish I would've thought of it. Not as "clean" as matching magnets inside the skin and on the rack, but close! :) _SHig
I have sewn Velcro to my SFC. The industrial Velcro. It is awesome! I sewed it on the back and then on the front of the Float Power Tube and it worked great! Surprised more of you haven't used Velcro. I would definitely SEW it on, the glue melts in the sun.
I'll study this more when I get time but right off the top of my sparsly haired head, I'm thinking a small patch of velcro at the bottom "T" on the "T" and mating patch on the tube. I can't help but think that my 8 /12' spinning rods would try to tip in wind or rocking over rough terraine transporting. I don't recall anyone ever glueing and -or sewing anything to a cover. I wouldn't have a problem with this at all. You have me excited about this project. Those retaining bungies have done me well thanks to Tube Dude ,but would like to see them go. lol Illinoisgiller
What a story Michael !!! I was thinking about it for couple of minuts and yes it could happened. Im very sure, that guy was very happy that he got your rod and reel back to you. If I lose my stuff-ok If I lose someone alses stuff-Oh $hit NO good. Peter
And each one has a TUBE mount, so they can multi task.
Hey, look at that, scotty village. Easy does it. Peter
Shig...so great to see you back here and reporting GREAT stuff. I have said it before, I love how your head works. Still have the Pontoon? All this talk of Rod holders, I had to post a pix of mine:
Your rod holder is already made so dont worry about beefing up at this point. However safety tether anywhere where it would be out of the way on separate "D" ring would be a plus. Please dont get me wrong. I DO like your holder a lot and I can see that you put a lot of work and thought into it. I just dont want to see you loosing your stuff. I droped a rod into lake once and let me tell you that it really $ucks a lot.Thanx god it was not my g-loomis or my bass sage rod. Peter
Looks good to me. I am probably the pioneer and innovator of PVC rod holders on float tubes, but I always enjoy seeing the creativity of others. It is evident that some thought and effort went into this new model. Hope it works well for you and that it is something that others can benefit from.
I am impressed with this rod holder. It solves a couple issues I've been wanting to deal with. I like the single bottom support. (I think I do lol ) I also like your method for hooking up to the "D" rings. I would doubt that I would lean it out quite as far but that is not a problem. Thank you for posting this. Would there be a chance of a picture of it empty? I would be setting it up for spinning rods.
Yeah ,I know what you saying. Just let me ask you this- What would you do or how would you like it if by any chance , one day, for some reason the rod holder comes off and you loose all your rods. I Know that I would not like loosing $1000+ of fishing stuff and thats why I make my stuff overkill. But the choice is yours. I hope it works out for you. Peter
That's funny, I have about six of those on my Pontoon holding different things together.
I used a band saw to notch the end of the tubes first (cut two small slits, scored the remaining plank between (on each side) and broke it out. Then drilled through for the pin. I had some plastic pins lying around that did the job, but I think you can get creative. Maybe a carabiner? Chain link? The thing about the plastic pin is with the right drill size, the pin squeezes down and the PVC also "gives" so it's a nice snug fit and I don't need backing hardware. I think these would be the ultimate solution for this: http://www.mcmaster.com/#98416a211/=2wwqzn _SHig
Very simple and clean. Looks good. Just a little too delicate to me. But then again I like to way over bild things like if my fly rod holder was going to war or something But really, it sure looks like that your fly rod holder will do just fine. Maybe just put some safety cord on it or something just in case . Peter
How did you do that pin type setup with your D rings?
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