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How to mount a downrigger on timber transom?

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Guest mike2153

Hi guys I recently bought a downrigger that I'm using a 8lb bomb on, my boat is a 4.4m fibreglass boat now the problem is my transom is timber, right at the back of the transom is solid obviously but up top where the rear rod holders sit is just thin marine ply that would rip apart with the weight of the bomb straight away, you can mount the downrigger on a rail but I'm worries if I install a rail along the side of the hull on the top timber piece it will rip apart. Just wondering if anyone has mounted a downrigger on a fibreglass runabout and how I could re enforce the transom some how?

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