Installing Rod Holders?

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  1. Slimcobra

    Slimcobra Member

    86
    Aug 14, 2017
    Port St. John, FL
    2000 Sea Ray 210 SunDeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 w/ Alpha 1 Gen 2
    I am looking to install two rod holders towards the back of my 210 Sundeck. Has anybody else done this and if so do you have any pics or words of advice before I go and drill a big hole into my boat?
     
  2. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    351
    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    Do you have a bimini top?

    What about a clamp on type of holder that attaches to one of the Bimini poles?
     
  3. Slimcobra

    Slimcobra Member

    86
    Aug 14, 2017
    Port St. John, FL
    2000 Sea Ray 210 SunDeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 w/ Alpha 1 Gen 2
    I do have a bimini. One of the purposes of installing the rod holders is for a grill. Will that type of rod holder support a grill?
     
  4. Jeff h

    Jeff h Member

    33
    Sep 17, 2017
    2017 Sea Ray SPX 210
    4.5 merc, Alpha drive
    Do you have the grill already? I've noticed some grills have their own mounting system that just attaches to the gunwale.
     
  5. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
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    The main thing you need to look at is if the area you want to put the rod holders in is larger enough. It's not rocket science to install one, but if you're installing an angled holder, you just need to be double sure before you start drilling. The top of the gunwale MIGHT be wide enough - but then there's the radius corners to take into account.

    Magma makes grill mounts that attach directly to the bimini poles (easy on/off). But experiment as sometimes it's awkward to use the grill. Your bimini mounts are likely the older style (3 holes with a pin), so that is good. The newer style mount allows some of the poles to rotate - which wouldn't work with the weight of the grill.

    There are also deck/gunwale mounts that can serve double duty - both a rod holder can drop into the mount and the grill. These require a smaller hole to be drilled into the gunwale (than for a rod holder) - I'm positive those would work.

    Still other people use a flat base to mount the grill on the platform with a pole. Go to Magma's website - you'll be able to see all of their mounts.
     
  6. Slimcobra

    Slimcobra Member

    86
    Aug 14, 2017
    Port St. John, FL
    2000 Sea Ray 210 SunDeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 w/ Alpha 1 Gen 2

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