Center Rod Storage - Modification
...but I am happy with the wide open locker storage, and I also use the Cabela's rod covers for spinning rods, and I use the plastic mesh rod slicks for casting rods
I also put down a soft rubber floor in the rod locker to help prevent damage from vibration when towing
my onboard charger stays plugged in 24x7x12... batteries last me a long time too, with my last boat batteries still good from 2003-2012. If the charger has a true maintenance mode, it will prolong the life of your batteries... I check water levels in the fall and in the spring to be sure the batteries stay in good condition
I didn't read all the posts below, but I scanned them. Couple of comments. I dislike rod tubes, would prefer the big open compartment, I have had both. In either case, I use rod socks, and if you are carful you can get two rods into a sock. That way you can put two rods in a tube, or if its a big open compartment, with rod socks you can pile on a ton of rods. It is not uncommon for me to have over 20 rods in my boat at a time, rod socks are a requirement. I initially bought some from Cabelas, then I picked up some material and webbing, and had my mother in law make some more for me. She had fun doing that.
As far as taking your trolling motor off for the winter because of magnets. Never heard that. I leave my trolling motor on the boat, and batteries in the boat as well. I make sure the batteries are fully charged, and I plug them in once a month. Never had an issue with the trolling motor, and on one set of batteries, I got 8 years, which is a very long time.
it fishes real nice... I went back to a tiller from a side console...loved the old boat, but like this one a lot now...
next modification will be to put some sort of mid way supports between the other rod storage... it's a kinda neat idea, but the length between the front and back is quite long...
... doesn't work for shorter rods, and longer rods bend too much
pics show the tubes in the front deck where rod tips go, and the rear where the rod butts go into "holding" tubes
we cut the rod rack in half, which allows straight access to the locker, plus it has the latch for the rod locker lock
it's still a smallish rod locker, but it is much more user friendly
we were able to get 10 rods in there without trouble... could get more, but it was better than the 8 semi-usable tubes
overall we are very happy with the results
I also want to thank #3 son for doing most of the work, while allowing me to supervise... ...and for keeping the project moving and meeting our deadline of spring fishin trip!!
the design was a lot of fun.. trying to figure out materials for the box...we shopped carpeting remnants, thought of building out of strapping and "some" material... nothing really grabbed our attention... then my son spotted the floor mats I had in the garage and say, "what about these?"...hahaha.. already had the materials right there...and so far, is working out just fine
a pic of the tubes minus the finish cover
another pic of the tubes, you can see how curved they are... made getting a rod in there difficult in addition to the short "entrance" area
to be fair... Alumacraft had small space to work with...but I think, swing and a miss
you can see the material we used to form our replacement "box". was some neoprene pads I bought to lay on floor for working in the garage...easier on the knees! ...turned out to work pretty well for our purposes