Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Chris Scoones, Mar 14, 2013.
Good idea's fella's....
When I was searching for info on how to go about fabricating rod tubes I found this thread. Now that I'm done, I'll just chime in here and offer up how I went about doing what I using PVC conduit for stowing fully-rigged single handers on the rubber floaty. Thanks to those who posted their projects previously.
After I did all my painful bending with a heat gun (I couldn't get good bends without first filling the pipe with sand which was an extra time consuming step) a guy (who builds swimming pools for a living) pointed out flexible PVC to me. It's much more expensive than the straight lengths ($25 versus $5), but still not that expensive if it saves you an hour per rod holder. Looks like a swimming pool or spa supply place would be the place to start looking.
I wonder what kind of strength it has. A guy could accidentally step on PVC and it would likely be fine. Would this stuff be the same? Or would it be more like plastic tubing and crush?
I did something very similar as illustrated in this thread.
I then decided to add an extension for fully rigged spey rods. (see below) It works well and has protected my rods very well. When I'm not taking the long rods, I remove the extension. Piece of cake.
I want to build the same rod holder as luke but looking at the pictures i am asking my self if there are any issues changing out rods while on the water. Luke is your front seat fisherman able to reach down and pull the rod out while moving? I was thinking about enlarging the cut to maybe 18inches to allow for access.
Actually, no. In order to remove a rod, you need to be out of the boat and pull straight back. This also prevents broken tips as well. I thought about this when designing the cut and decided I wanted the added protection as a lot of people use the tube as a "step" when entering/exiting the raft, so I was fearful of making the cut too large. That being said, I think you could get away with making it larger and still have your rods be safe, you just have to find the sweet spot. Let me know what you come up with!
You might also consider a larger cutout and breaking your Spey rods in half. That's what I've done for the long rods just to keep the length of the storage tube shorter. This way the rods can be retrieved from inside the boat if need be. Nearly always, however, I'd be pulled up on a gravel bar in order to employ the Spey rods.
I took a 4" piece of septic drain pipe (the white stuff with the per drilled round holes) and cut 1/3 of it off on the table saw, then zip tied it to the frame. I made keepers with double sided Velcro.
Electrical conduit is designed to be heated and bent. Just use a simple gas torch to heat it, the only problem with this the conduit will turn a brown color but you can paint it after heating. It might work better for kind of project. It's a fast simple way to get the project done if it gets too hot and starts to catch on fire it will not affect the rigidity of the PVC it's designed for that kind of heat
Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
PVC pipe, bent with my electrician buddies heating blanket used for that exact task. Turned out great. The strap closest to the camera holding the rod holder passes through a couple of slots cut out on the bottom of the pipe so as not to block rod access. Planning on cutting the opening back past that middle strap and doing the same so rod access is easier from inside the boat on the move.
Just ran across this well-thought-out commercial solution & thought I'd pass it along to those interested: