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Mounting downriggers

Unread postby MountainBound » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:47 pm

Bought a set of Scotty 1106 downriggers. My Searunner has a 1/8" backing plate welded from the transom to about 18" forward, but I don't want to mount the downriggers right at the back. I want to be able to work both sides of them. Has anyone dug out the foam under the gunwales to put a backing plate in or is this and effort in futility? If so, is there and easy way to do this? Thanks.
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Unread postby d_smith84 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:56 pm

Jeff, I believe that right in front of the fish box, on both sides, it is all open. I used that area to mount mine.
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Unread postby Crunchy » Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:13 pm

I've dug all the foam out on mine to install them where I wanted. Wasn't too difficult.
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Unread postby lazydrifter » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:23 pm

I dug the foam out on mine. I used a poly cutting board that was about 3/8" thick as my backing plate.
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Unread postby Spoiled Daddy » Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:53 am

The Open Fisherman tunnels are probably different than yours, but I dug all the foam out. I used old aluminum street signs that we custom cut/fit and used those as backing plates under our 1106’s.
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Unread postby ShiverMeTimbers » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:52 pm

Kinda related, Costco in Gig Harbor has Scotty Line Pullers for $369 right now.
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Unread postby High Velocity » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:57 pm

I’m curious as to how some of you have mounted downriggers on the factory installed mounts on the Pro V (and other models, I’m sure). The aluminum is 1/8” thick. I bolted the bases for my Scotty 2106s directly to the 1/8” plate with no backing plate. Will this be sufficient when using 15-18 lb. weights ?




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Unread postby High Velocity » Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:29 pm

I talked to my dealer today and he says I should have no issues with the factory mounts.


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Unread postby High Velocity » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:08 pm

Installed a second battery today. Very nice knowing I won’t kill the engine’s battery while anchored with various electronics turned on.


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Unread postby vickom » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:18 am

I am going to install Scotty 1106 DR on my 180 Sportsman . Any suggestions?
I guess I need to stick backing plates and dug out the foam under the gunwales. What will be good position, distance from the transom or from Fishing rod holders)?
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