How To Install A Rod Holder On A Kayak

Kayak Guides, Kayaking

Written by David Myers

June 6, 2020
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Installing a rod holder on a kayak can be a bit of a challenge if you have never done it before. Fortunately, you can count on this comprehensive overview to guide you through the process. So, without further ado, here is our guide to installing a rod holder on your kayak.

Installing A Flush Mount Rod Holder

While there are many options out there for a kayak, the flush mount rod holder tends to be the most affordable and reliable. Of course, it does require some serious planning, as you will have to figure out where the rod holder gets placed on your kayak. 

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Determine The Location

Before you drill any hole in your kayak, you need to figure out where the rod holder will go. Obviously, there can be a number of options when it comes down to installing a rod holder on the kayak, as it can be placed on the side as well as behind the cockpit. 

If you go fishing and kayaking on a regular basis, you undoubtedly have your own preference when it comes to location. Of course, your preferred location must be functional as well. If there is too little space or the location is impractical, you may want to reconsider.

As a final check, why not place your rod on the desired location and see how it looks. With testing the rod in that location, you can also predict how the rod will fall.

Drilling The Hole

Once you have decided on the location, it is time to drill the hole. However, before you do, make sure that you have measured it at least a couple of times. After all, you cannot afford to make a mistake on your kayak.

To start drilling the hole, always start in the middle and work your way out. Drill the hole with a suitable drill first, and then use a jigsaw to create the right shape for the rod holder. 

Please remember that some rod holders can have a gasket, so you must cater to that if this is the case for your flush mount rod holder. If you have a rod holder with a gasket, then do not forget to drill the holes for the accompanying rivets. 

For rod holders that do not contain a gasket, you need to ensure that the rod holder is properly sealed. There are various sealants available these days, but it is important to choose a sealant with a proven track record. 

Before you seal your rod holder, always make sure it is pointing in the right direction first. Some rod holders can shift, so you do not want to seal it if it is pointing in the wrong direction. Once you are happy, you can seal the rod holder or install the gaskets to keep everything in place.

Please note that flush mount rod holder is not the only option out there for you. However, beginners that want a reliable option will find that the flush mount rod holder meets their requirements perfectly.

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