View attachment 40636 Rod holders are really Blue's design but to get the front 'Just Right', had trial runs on the water. Once they are glued they are part of the raft...almost. The batteries are from Batteryspec.com, wheelchair batteries and once again I got the idea from another member. With one major back surgery already I am one stupid move from needing the second, I am really careful about picking up anything heavy. It costs a little more to by small ones per Ampere hours, but it's worth it. I have four of these and if it's a big lake and a long day I take all 4. I keep the other 2 in the saddle bags. Funny thing about batteries: Ampere hours and their weight is almost linear. These are TD-14...14 amps and weigh 9.5 lbs. 1.4 to 1 ratio. If you weigh a 56 amp battery it is going to weigh just about 40 lbs. This holds true for AGM batteries and I think it's close enough for lead acid. So now I think I have answered all my IM's and posts. For New Owners: You buy a raft/pontoon and it's great...you can float in a lake or river. Transforming it into a fishing platform, well that's the fun part...and you get to make it just the way you want it. EDIT...not sure how I got 2 of the picture 'large' as such, not too computer savvy and somehow there is a picture of the 'Waterstrider I will be posting for sale in a couple weeks, just too hard to get in it anymore.