Rod Boxes

Boat Outfitters offers two basic styles of rod boxes: recessed gunwale rod boxes for storing rods horizontally on fishing boats and pontoon rod boxes for securely storing them vertically on pontoon boats or docks. Contact us for a custom size! » Read More

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Why Replace Under Gunwale Rod Storage Boxes?

Recessed under-gunwale rod box inserts are a popular feature on small to mid-sized fiberglass fishing and crossover boats. Mounted in large cutouts, they make use of otherwise wasted space between the boat’s hull and liner. Most boxes hold two, three, or four fishing rods, although many people store tools like gaffs, deck brushes, and boat hooks in them too. Read More

Replacement Options for Gunwale Rod Box Inserts

If your boat has a broken, cracked, or faded gunwale rod box that you want to replace, you have a few options. The first and least expensive is a direct replacement with an identical molded plastic rod box. On newer boats, there’s a good chance the manufacturer, the dealer, or the supplier that originally made the box will be able to sell you a new part that you can simply screw into place. Frequently, though, an exact replacement simply isn’t made anymore. Read More

Choosing Gunwale Rod Storage Boxes

The majority of aftermarket gunwale rod boxes currently available are made from some type of molded plastic, which is inexpensive and fine for many applications. For maximum durability and utility, though, King Starboard HDPE is a superior material — although significantly costlier. Starboard boxes are assembled from precision-machined parts with marine-grade hardware. Additionally, Starboard gunwale inserts can be made in several different shades of white and off-white to match most Gelcoat colors.

Custom Under Gunwale Rod Boxes

If you can’t find a rod box that will work with your existing cutout — or if you just want to upgrade to Starboard boxes — custom-made boxes are the way to go. Custom box inserts can be made to exactly match the width, height, and depth of your existing cutout, even if it isn’t exactly rectangular. Contact Us at Boat Outfitters for information about the design process and pricing. Read More

Pontoon Rod Boxes

Another type of rod box is a pontoon rod box, which is an enclosed, lockable vertical fishing rod storage rack made of Starboard. Designed to be mounted outside the “fence” on the forward or aft deck of a pontoon, this style of box holds up to four rods securely and is very convenient since rods can be locked and left on the boat overnight. Slots of two small Plano-style tackle trays are also included. These boxes can also be installed on your dock.

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