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sachem longrifle

Will this work?

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As I have posted before, the gunnels on my Navigator were too narrow for my downriggers. I have received many suggestions and appreciate it. One idea I was thinking about is taking a small 2x6 as opposed to a long one across the bow. I would take that board, bolt it through the gunnel with a backing under that, and then bolt the downrigger to the board directly. Will this work?

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Im not sure what your saying. I wouldnt drill holes to put would there. Did you look at the pursuit tracks? Im thinking you may be able to bolt them on that gunnel. How wide is it again?

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Slightly under 4"

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I dont want a track that goes completely over the back as it would either be hard to tip the motor or decrease my room to get back there.

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I see a product at Marine General called "Berts Downrigger Mounting System." Can you mount that directly to the boat or does that have to go on a tracking system?

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Sachem you need to come take a look at my boat and Ill show ya what I mean. How wide is your gunnel rail? If your gunnel is 4" or wider you can use these track systems. Maybe even if it 3.5" wide. My gunnel is 4.5" wide and the mount is 3.5" wide by 12" long and bolts on with 6 screws. From looking at picks of the Navigator on the Alumacraft site Im thinking these could work. Or I can come look at your boat and see what I think. Is it a tiller or wheel?

Look in the generals website and look up the track systems for pursuit or burts. Then you will need a swivel mount to slide in the track and mount your riggers on them. Sounds harder than it is.

My e-mail is below. I have the next 2 days off and Im up late.

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Sachem

You could also get the smaller "tracks" from Pursuit. The 6" model. Secure these either length wise of width wise across the two back corners of the transom. Then get the 6" swivel pedestal bases, or pedestals high enough for your riggers to get over the transom, to attach your riggers. This way, your riggers will be straight off the transom and might be easier then monkeying around with trying to put a track on that narrow gunnel or a board type set-up.

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I have a Navigator too and would be interested to see pics of the setup on your Explorer if you have any available. They are pretty comparable boats so I think whatever you have setup would work on a Navigator.

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Ill try to post some pics for you guys.

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Here you go.

N'lander's boat

mount.JPG

Regardless of having a tiler our counsel this set up should work for you. You'll need a backer that spans the full width of your gunwale from the outside conner cap to inside corner to anchor the mount.

What you suggested earlier using a block of wood to mount the downrigger base to will work, downside is you can't remover it.

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Here you go.

N'lander's boat

mount.JPG

Regardless of having a tiler our counsel this set up should work for you. You'll need a backer that spans the full width of your gunwale from the outside conner cap to inside corner to anchor the mount.

What you suggested earlier using a block of wood to mount the downrigger base to will work, downside is you can't remover it.


Ok I see how you do that with the tracking bar.

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