I took a page out of FishnPhil's "make your own" gear handbook. I was looking for a cheap alternative to pontoon rod holders which can run as much as $80 per pair. The cheapest I could find was about $25 per pair after tax per at Sportsman's Warehouse. I went to a couple stores to see how they are made and decided to give it a shot myself. The tools I used were a table saw, hack saw, file, channel locks and a cordless drill. I could have eliminated the table saw, hack saw and file with a Dremel, but i don't own one.
Below is a link where you can view the pics at shutterfly. The total cost was around $5 for a couple 4”X1/4” carriage bolts, lock washers, wing nuts and some adhesive velcro. I used 1¼” PVC I had lying around, but the 1¼” inch PVC is cheap. I also used some ½” rubber tubing stretched over the wing nuts to protect my waders. The biggest challenge in this was the little collar between the holder and the pontoon frame.
These have not been lake tested yet, but I hope to take care of that this week. I do not plan to troll with these holders. I am using them solely as something to hold the rods when rowing or attaching tackle, etc. While making them i dropped one of the pvc tubes. It landed on the end with the cuts and it broke. So they can be a little brittle (especially in cold weather). Let me know if you guys have any questions.