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I have a Lund Pro-V and I'm thinking about adding a downrigger mounting board so I can run 3 or 4 downriggers. I've been looking at the ones made by Bert's. $462.00 is more than I want to spend. I want something that is easily removable because I use the boat for other types of fishing. Does anyone have any ideas for a cost effective way to make this type of set up? Or does anyone know of any options that are less expensive than the ones made bu Bert's?

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You can always make one that slides into a short 12 inch piece of track mounted on your gunnels, I've seen this setup before looked good and functional. Wood is cheap, tracks aren't bad.

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I have 2 big jon slide and lock bases and 6" pedestals that were used for the board I had on the back of my boat. I even have a 2x10 of stained Douglas fir that had 4 riggers mounted to it if you want it.

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From a past bad experience with a treated wood mounting board to mount riggers on, use nothing but bolts, lockwashers, nuts,and metal backer plate (if you choose this option). Wood screws don't hold and a backer plate is necessary to prevent nuts from pulling through the wood. Prevent rigger loss!

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He Bass, look at this thread. It is a bunch of guys on this very topic which I was exploring as well as what my final solution ended up being which was $200 delivered, took me about 2 hours to install, and has worked great!

http://www.lakeontariounited.com/fishing-hunting/topic/36459-i-might-be-pathetic/page-2

Do you have a picture of your finished product? It sounds like just what I'm looking for. What did you use for the board? Channel or rectangular tube?

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I have 2 big jon slide and lock bases and 6" pedestals that were used for the board I had on the back of my boat. I even have a 2x10 of stained Douglas fir that had 4 riggers mounted to it if you want it.

Where are you located? I think that would work for me. I'm in New Hampshire.

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Do you have a picture of your finished product? It sounds like just what I'm looking for. What did you use for the board? Channel or rectangular tube?

 

Bass, the C Channel was more than strong enough. I'll take some pictures of it finished this weekend. My biggest thing, like you, is I wanted easily removable and also STOWABLE, which is why I went with the Aluminum as a Doug Fir board would weigh a ton more moving around and storing. I sprayed the ends with spray rubber just for a finished look and to make them softer if my clumsy butt swung it into the glass moving it. I easily bungee it to my hardtop if I want it out of the way. 

 

Also the C Channel gives you easier access to the under size for washers and bolts. The tube either would make you tap/thread it, go though two layers with the drill, or run stuff down inside which is a pain.

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I used the Doug fir because I'm a contractor and I had it as a leftover rafter, plus its beautiful with a coat of stain and several coats of poly. I used huge fender washers and lock nuts on all mounting plates and it was plenty strong.

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I finally finished my removable downrigger board. I got an aluminum 2" x 4" from a dock builder near where I live. I put cannon track on top of the 2" x 4". I used Big Jon 6" stanchion mounts for my riser between the boat and the 2" x 4" and I used a big Jon quick mounting bases so it is all removable. post-153336-13951054861285_thumb.jpgpost-153336-13951055048805_thumb.jpgpost-153336-13951055210044_thumb.jpgpost-153336-13951055392814_thumb.jpgpost-153336-13951055566959_thumb.jpg

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Let me know the beam on your boat.  A friend just removed an aluminum mounting board and would like to sell it at a reasonable price

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Let me know the beam on your boat. A friend just removed an aluminum mounting board and would like to sell it at a reasonable price

I made my own already. See the attached picture in this post.

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8' could be a little more, no more than 8' 6" it's in storage right now. I would be interested, thanks

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this is the guy who has the downrigger board for sale.my boat has a7'6" ft beam and the board is 7' 6"let me know if interested

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this is the guy who has the downrigger board for sale.my boat has a7'6" ft beam and the board is 7' 6"let me know if interested

 

need 8', thanks

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I finally finished my removable downrigger board. I got an aluminum 2" x 4" from a dock builder near where I live. I put cannon track on top of the 2" x 4". I used Big Jon 6" stanchion mounts for my riser between the boat and the 2" x 4" and I used a big Jon quick mounting bases so it is all removable. attachicon.gifImageUploadedByLake Ontario United1395105483.387879.jpgattachicon.gifImageUploadedByLake Ontario United1395105502.147298.jpgattachicon.gifImageUploadedByLake Ontario United1395105519.181560.jpgattachicon.gifImageUploadedByLake Ontario United1395105537.385813.jpgattachicon.gifImageUploadedByLake Ontario United1395105554.605255.jpg

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Do you have one of those wives that will not allow deer heads in the living room?

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Do you have one of those wives that will not allow deer heads in the living room?

That's why I built myself a big garage!  She has no say out there.

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that is kind of what I figured. Looks like a real nice space to do maintenance on the toys....

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