View Full Version : Rookie Outrigger Rigging Question
11-28-2005, 11:53 AM
I am just beginning to get into the offshore scene on my own boat. I am getting ready to rig my outriggers (telescopic). I have a hard top and the bases are mounted on the top (taco's). I have never been on a boat that had the riggers on the hard top. I Understand how to rig everything except I am a little confused on where to place the eye to mount the halyard to. If it goes on the gunwale where should I place it? Also, where do you mount the halyard when running with the outriggers retracted? Sorry for the questions, just having a difficult time picturing this in my head.
11-28-2005, 12:10 PM
I mounted mine to gunwale for fishing and then another mount on the hard top for running.
11-28-2005, 12:19 PM
As Raymond mentioned...but I've also seen it reverse where we anchor them to the gunwales running then on the hard top "piping" while fishing (to keep them out of the way). These are not telescoping riggers though.
Probably best for you to walk around some marinas and take a look. Also, Ben S has a 27 WC with the telescoping riggers and can probably tell you how he did it.
11-28-2005, 03:35 PM
I do not have the telescopic but I have hard top riggers. I run them down to the gunnel while fishing. This is where it felt best for me. If you run them to the hard top you have to feel what it would be like to run them in out all day in rough seas. I was not going to hanging out there holding on with one hand and running them with the other. It's all how it feels.
I set mine up for fishing first then found a place to run them while not fishing. I'm sure each boat is different.
The boats I have seen with the telescopic riggers usually twist them around the pole. It seems like a good way to get them in a knot but it may work.
11-28-2005, 05:22 PM
Send a b-mail to Chilli he has posted some pics before of his set-up which I think were tele.
11-28-2005, 06:24 PM
I mounted mine for running in on the top of the bimini.
I mounted them on the cc post by the windshield for trolling. I personally, did not want to have an issue when scrambling (as it is sually just ma and one buddy) so I looked hard for NOT mounting to the gunwale. Feel free to call for a description at 443-623-5782.
11-29-2005, 04:55 PM
Ray got it right. Don't try to rig the halyard for running near the gunnels. On the hard top mounted outriggers, you want the halyard tightly affixed to the t-top to reduce the up and down, left to right spring on your riggers. Mounting to the gunnel won't stop the springing and will break the riggers. Ask Darren, I was on his old sea fox one day and both Taco telescopics broke while running in almost slick flat calm, one smacking me right in the head on the way down. Then a few hours later a rod holder on the top snapped off and dropped a 50tw and rod right down the back of my neck.
11-29-2005, 05:00 PM
Sounds like you have the same setup as me. I took some 250# mono (about 12") and crimped it into a circle around the aluminum tubing that makes a handhold around the hardtop. I use bronze flag halyard clips for pulleys (instead of pulleys or glass rings) and then clip them to the mono "circle" on the hardtop. My halyards are adjustable-length (I did it like George Poveromo at Saltwater Sportsman magazine, with swivels to adjust the length – there's a good article out there somewhere that shows you how to do it), and by adjusting the length of the halyard with the swivel, I can keep the halyards tight when clipped to the mono "circle" in either the running or fishing position.
Bmail me if this is unclear and I'll see if I can find that Poveromo article on the net - it's self-explanatory if you look at it.
11-29-2005, 07:13 PM
I set mine up just as illustrated in george's article. Works very well. You must use braided line and the swivels must be small enough to be able to grip the line. When running you just loosen the lines and reposition your poles. http://www.georgepoveromo.com/nononsenserigger.htm
11-30-2005, 05:58 AM
Thanks for the help fellas. That link is great. Hope to have them set up real soon.