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    Default Inflatable Boat Rail Holder

    We do a little fishing in our inflatable boat when on road trips.
    Normally on lakes and rivers. The engine and boat get packed in the back of the four wheel drive and used when ever an opportunity presents itself.
    Trolling lures for hours can be hard on the body if you do not have a rod holder, equally troublesome is where to place your open drink while fishing.
    Typically cup and rod holders are screwed or cut into the boat material which is fine for ali or glass boats but not with air supported boats.
    After a good long look at all the possible fixture points I sat down on my computer and drew up a design.

    Ji
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    After lathing, drilling, folding and sanding it was time for a test fit.
    Very pleased with the result.

    Ji
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    Now to attach the rod and cup holder and see if it all works.
    Fantastic.
    I also plan on mounting the fish finder on the rail.

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    As always another very cool idea. well done

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    Hi Daniel,
    Thanks for the kind words mate.

    Ji
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    I always start my projects by measuring all the elements involved as accurately as I can and then drawing the main components.
    If people are involved I draw them in as well, this way you can get a sense of the scale and what room you have to work with.
    With this rail holder, placing all the personnel and fishing gear into the drawing allowed me to see if any item was going to clash.
    The big picture is always important.

    Ji
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