I also carry 4 rods set up differently on PA12.
i.e. bottom bashing, lure flicking, squid jig and h/body trolling.
All rods are 6'6" or 7', so you can get the line around bow or stern easily,1 and 2 piece, 2-8 lb.
No need for additional protection if good rod holders are used.
Suggest a good leash/bungge/clip to secure when rods not being used.
I also have one rod holder mounted on right rail at 45 degrees and pointing straight to bow.
This is the one I put rod in while i'm rigging or removing fish. Really works well as it dosn't get in the way of anything. It's like having an extra arm to hold you rod in a good spot