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Old 04-08-2015, 09:10 PM
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So the rod tubes keep me from being able to put almost any spinning rod in my rod locker. I want to remove the whole piece that holds the rod tubes and carpet the area so I can use rod sleeves and keep a bunch of rods in my locker.

Looking at the panel that holds the tubes, it's riveted in at the top. I think those will be easy to drill out. But at the bottom, the panel seems to be tucked into the floor area of the rod locker down where the batteries are stowed. So I'm not really sure if I should be able to drill out the top rivets and then just tilt the panel to come out from under the lip in the box. Any thoughts? Suggestions?

For some reason I can't upload photos. I guess I need some help there, too.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:22 PM
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Call me a scaredy cat but I've never liked to point a drill down in a boat.



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Old 04-08-2015, 09:22 PM
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I would just take a sawzall and saw out the tubes, and then work on the end piece to remove it.
If necessary, just take the saw and cut the end panel flush with the rest of the boat.

Be safe

Or, you could call the company that built the boat and ask for information on how the rod locker parts were installed, so that you will then know how to remove the same parts.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:43 PM
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Aaron,
Drop me an e-mail with some pictures and I will see if I can help.

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Old 04-08-2015, 09:45 PM
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Does your rod locker look like any of these pictures?

https://www.google.com/search?q=typi...g&ved=0CB0QsAQ
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:16 AM
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REW gave me some a great idea of removing a tube or two to see behind the plate with a mirror.

In the meantime, I figured out how to resize my pics so they'll work. Any other thoughts?
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I'd take one of my favorite tools, and cut the plate along the bottom edge.

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Old 04-09-2015, 12:32 PM
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That looks like an Alumacraft rod locker.

I have the same issue with spinning rods not fitting because of the same reasons you are stating.

Please post pics when you finish the job. I would like to see how you did it.
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:47 PM
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I would first remove one of the tubes and look behind the panel. I don't want to drill or cut without knowing what I might hit.
And keep in mind that on some boats they fill the area around the tubes with foam. making them really difficult to remove.
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That looks like an Alumacraft rod locker.

I have the same issue with spinning rods not fitting because of the same reasons you are stating.

Please post pics when you finish the job. I would like to see how you did it.

Will do, although it looks like it will be next week now. We decided to head to Dakota to try the walleye bite.
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