Light duty rod holders
I wanted some rod holders for my little lake boat, but after seeing the least expensive at about $16 a piece, I decided to make my own. I gathered up some hardware at the store to the tune of about $8, the rest I had on hand. Here is the assemblage:Attachment 37213
I started by drilling holes in the ABS for the pins:Attachment 37214
Next I made the uprights of some old cutting board plastic I had laying around:Attachment 37215
Then I assembled the pieces:Attachment 37216
How it ended up
I mounted the rod holders in my oar lock holes (not permanent) The bolts fit a little sloppy, so I used some black tape to take out the slop.Attachment 37217
What would I do differently? Well, I am upgrading to 2 star washers on either side for less slippage, and I think next time I would use 1-1/2" ABS rather than 2". I may change it out if the rain ever quits. Oh yeah, I might use stainless... but then you are in for some bucks.
In summary: these holders are cheap redneck engineering at its finest. They will not handle heavy fish, but are just fine for kicking back or light trolling for stockers in local lakes.