I bought the smallest one they have, not the rod holder, just the seasucker, I think it's 4" or maybe 6" ?
I got it to mount a fire extinguisher out in the cockpit. It held.....for about a week, then it falls off. What I did was moved it down so the weight of the extinguisher was on the cockpit floor. Then it's fine tucked under the gunnel. Would I buy another? Probably not, they are expensive and do not appear to work as advertised.
I think the instructions say NOT to wet it before you mount it. Well, I found out the oposite is true. It lasts longer if you wet the suction cup first before sticking it to whatever. :huh:
I have a few of the Sea Suckers that came with my boat that I bought 1 year ago. I am not impressed. I have a knife/plier holder that I mounted to one and sucked it on the the gunwale. The location was smooth gel coat and it only holds for a few hours or at best a day.
I think they work good on glass line a windshield but I would never trust these thing for a rod holder.
In my opinion the name Sea Sucker seems to fit the product..
I have had better experience with them. I use them for temporarily mounting my Suremarker bouys. I have the smaller ones to which I attached a starboard holder designed for the markers. My use is limited for when I use the markers. I don't leave them for extended periods. When the units start to lose suction and the red line appears on the pump button...you need to pump them some more to ensure greater suction. So far ..so good. I too attach a safety lanyard as recommended.
The reason I’m considering one is because I’ve been doing more power drifting and I need a convenient place to put my rod when I reset my drift, change baits or tie on a rig. I have a walkaround with a hardtop and I stand at the helm to powerdrift. The side bow rail is too far of a reach for me for a clamp on rod holder and I don’t want anything permanent in the walkway to the bow. I was thinking I could stick one of these on the outside cabin bulkhead next to the helm.
I’m open to other suggestions if you think they will work better.
I have used them in a couple applications and like them. They are little pricey but if yiou just get the suction cup by itself they all have a threads in them where you can mount your own item for less money. If were just using them for hoding rods you should be fine but be careful when you are up and running because they will probably work loose. I use the cutting board since you do not need a rod holder to use it and you can put it anywhere you want. I have also used them to hold offshore rods and reels without a problem. I do not run with them but if I want to free up some space in the cabin or just have another rod or two handy I have used them on the hard top. This was application where I attached the DuBro rod holder to the suction cups myself.
I have the triple rod holder with one suction cup mount. It works fine to hold the rods or to re-rig them. I wouldn't troll with it. I also use them to hold a net while drifting. They're great for moving around the boat.