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    Posted: 12/09/2011 at 9:58am
As I've said I have little experience with pontoons, so maybe this is a dumb question. But, is it possible/feasable to have under deck storage for rods and batteries on a pontoon boat? capt david
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/09/2011 at 10:18am
Your imagination is the only limitation Wink. However, I myself would not put my battery below deck. I'm too old to be getting on my knees (and can't tolerate the pain either) plus I don't want something in the water knocking the batteries out (or water if I don't do it right). Rods storage will be more confining on length. If you want it lengthwise and they are big saltwater rods, then that means the storage is hanging below the supports and again subject to things in the water possibly knocking on it. Another way is to lay them width wise (7.5 ft probably max) unless you go with a smaller toon that's only 6ft wide. There are plenty of guys on here who can come up with a better plan as it sure isn't me LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/09/2011 at 12:20pm

As Wildcat says, you are only limited by your imagination. Do be aware of possible water damage if not properly protected, as he mentioned, but also be aware that something hangind down below the pontoon could cause drag on the boat if the bow spray beats against it. It doesn't actually have to reach in the water to create drag.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/10/2011 at 9:22pm
One more "ditto" for water damage. I have a boat (non toon) with infloor ice chests. Even with refrigerator type seals we often get water in the ice from the boat flexing in waves while we wash the deck down. I know toons aren't subject as much to this type washing or flexing but you still have rain, cleaning and other ways water can work its way in. The storage would be fine just dont leave anything in there for long that water would hurt.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/12/2011 at 1:13pm
Consider trailer clearance as well.  it's a good idea though. Don't give up on it.  Just think more.
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