the problem telescoping poles if you dub rig them the lines get to be a mess but i think they make a clip that you rap the lines around and clip it on the rigger any help or questions you might have don't hesitate ask
They all get in the way to some extent. I kept mine off until I needed them later in the season. It was a pain when fishing sod banks and casting. You always had to be aware of the riggers when casting to the bank.
On a cabin boat like yours I would put 18' Lee side mounts. Longer pole, more spread. I doubt they would be in the way bottom fishing. I had 18' Lees gunnel mounts on my 20' Grady center console. Left them at the dock if we weren't trolling. I would also add a center rigger if you are thinking of offshore tuna.
Paul, I know your boat pretty well and the kind of fishing you do. Go with top mounts, the side mounts will be a pain. If you need any help drop me an email or call. I might be able to save you some $$, depending on which riggers you decide on.
My 2 euros,
For the style boat you have I would go with side/mount riggers.Looking at your boat it is a cabin style side mount would be best they wont get in the way since its not a walk around or CC.
I have riggers off my hard top but I have a CC.
I would go with mounting them to the top, they are out of the way, just turn the handle and you are ready to go. The old rig had them down on the side and they got in the way or we had to take them off when we bottom fished.
Nice boat!!! I put top mount with 15 ffot telescopeing 1 1/8 poles on my 21 foot last year. The tigress 1 1/8 are alot stiffer than the taco 1/1/8.
I put two nylon cleats about 4 inches long on the poles to keep the lines neat when compacted. I didnt want to drill the poles till I was sure where I wanted the cleats so I temporarily strapped them on with nylon tie straps and wrapped the bottoms with electrical tape. The cleats have worked out so good I havent bothered to make the mounting permanent.I then wrap a couple velcro straps around the whole mess to keep it secure. Tigress is a good company. When one of my poles was damaged in shipping from an online suplier I called Tigress and they sent me a new pole even tough I hadnt bought the poles from them directly.