DIY Boat Rod Holder

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DIY Boat Rod Holder
Rod holders allow you to be hands free on your vessel while fishing. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Fishing can be an enjoyable pastime to spend either by yourself or among friends. Many recreational fishermen like to sit back and enjoy the day without having to fumble with their fishing poles. For this type of relaxing fishing, a rod holder is ideal. This device allows you to sit and relax or perform other activities while your line is still in the water. Many fishing boats have rod holders pre-installed but some do not. Making your own rod holder can be done using readily available materials.

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Things you need

  • 2-inch diameter PVC pipe
  • Saw
  • Milk crate
  • Outdoor adhesive
  • Bungee cords

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  1. 1

    Cut a 2-inch diameter PVC pipe into two pieces using a saw, each measuring 8 inches in length.

  2. 2

    Place the two PVC sections into the milk crate upright, both on the same side, one across from the other in the corners. Glue the two PVC pipes to the corners of the milk crate using outdoor adhesive.

  3. 3

    Position the milk crate onto the boat near an anchor point such as a boat cleat. Position the crate so that the rod holders closer to the water.

  4. 4

    Secure the crate and holders using a bungee cord or cords. Depending on your vessel and where you want to place the rod holder, this will vary widely. Typically running the bungee through the milk crate and attaching it to cleats on both sides will work sufficiently.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also use the crate to hold bait and other gear if needed as well. You can also screw in the crate to the side of your boat if you prefer.
  • Ue caution when fishing from a boat. Always ensure that you have a valid fishing license for your area.

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