Since I was apparently the first to use the RAM rocket launcher rod-holders to mount outriggers on an Outback back in early 2004, I have received numerous requests from around the country about how to do this. So I thought I would post more of the details here. Hope Hobie doesn't mind my drilling a few holes in their yak.
1. The first thing you need are the RAM rocket launcher rod holders. These are available from various sources, but two good ones are:
2. I mounted RAM balls using a 2x5 inch piece of aluminum stock (from Lowe's or HD) as a backing plate (to cut down hull flexing at the point of attachment) using thru-bolted 1 inch SS machine screws as shown. These were mounted just aft of the rear built-in Hobie rod-holders. To the right is the completed installation.
3. I then used 30 inch long, 1 1/4 inch diameter PVC pipe inserted into the RAM rod-holders and secured these with a 2 1/2 inch long SS machine screw and wing nut.
4. The next step was to attach a right-angle elbow to the main PVC arm in order to mount the lobster pot buoys from Hamilton Marine in Maine. Note that there are several ways to do this using reducing fittings, depending on what you can find at your local PVC supplier.
5. Next you mount your lobster pot buoys on 1/2 inch PVC arms back to back. I used the 5 x11 inch buoys, but they also come in 6 x 14 inch models that some folks like better since they should provide more flotation.
6. This shows the outrigger arm installed on the port side.
7. And here we are in the field, ready to rumble.
8. View from the stern showing both outriggers in place.
This makes a great winter-time DIY project. The outriggers are easy to mount and remove, as well as being easy to adjust depending on the chop and wave height. Have fun!