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The Salty
August 7, 2008
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I just got an order in today from R&H for 2 down-east rod holders ... "The Salty"

WOW, these things are quality rod holders! I got the powder coated ones because they were out of the regular ones.

Question: is there much difference between the powder coated and the regular ones? I want to add 2 more down easters next, and was wondering if anyone had any problems with the regular ones over the long term. The powder coated ones are only $15 more each, but hey, $30 is $30 right? Do the regular ones hold up over the long term?

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Tim

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August 7, 2008
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I have two of them about 15 years old , one had a run in with a brick wall and survived , they are cast aluminum and last forever.

August 7, 2008
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Agree with Matt. I think the powder coated ones are more for looks. I've used Down east clamp-ons, rail mounts and the horizontal that you drill in the boat - they are the best. I've tried Scotty's-they suck. Also have been using Folbes this year and have been somewhat disappointed. The Folbes are great for positioning your rods at whatever angles but the locking mechanism is a pain in the arse. Will probably replace my 2 Folbes next year with 2 more Down East rail mounts. I'm totally jonesing here - I need to get out fishing (not necessarily catching).....

Daniel McCann

August 7, 2008
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Hey,

I think the powder coated ones are more geared toward saltwater fishing, as the regular ones might pit and carrode when exposed to saltwater.
I have two down easter clamp ons and wouldn't trade them for any other type of rod holder I've seen.

DL

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August 7, 2008
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DL, you hit the nail on the head. That is exactly why they are powder-coated, for the saltwater. That's great Timmy, can't wait to use'm. Later on

ITS NOT THE SIZE OF YOUR BOAT
ITS THE SIZE OF WHATS ON YOUR BUMPBOARD!
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August 7, 2008
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I've got the powder coated ones and no complaints. I think I had the same deal, they were out of the regualr ones. Now that I have them though I love them. I need to order a few more...thanks for the reminder!

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August 8, 2008
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Great, thanks for the good info guys. The plastic cabelas rod holder’s I’ve been using are coming off of luce! I remember Tom Long recomended I get the down easters last year...Good Tip 😀 , it took me a while to come around. I have lost some fish trying to get the rod out of the holder when trolling, and luckily didn’t have them break on me after a strike or a snag. That would have really sucked!

As far as the powder ones or not,I don’t do any salt water fishing so will probably get the regular ones from here on...I just can’t wait to do some fishing!

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The biggest reason I got the powder coated ones (6) are that they make much less noise than the bare ones. One of the members on this board gave me that piece of advice years ago. I love mine - they're only about half as noisy as the bare ones and they look great. $30. over a lifetime (or even the 10 years I plan to have this boat), is an expense I can live with.

Capt. Dieter Scheel    http://www.BigDRiverGuide.com

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