Going with the flow: rod rack bungee cord hold-downs
When we added horizontal rod racks to the boat, we bought a model with the bungee cord hold-downs coming from the top, with the catch notch on the bottom (see picture below, left). Seemed logical – when un-hooked, gravity would just naturally have the bungee cord loop fall down so that they would be near the”closed” position.
However, we soon discovered that bungees cords coming from the top was a mistake. Many times while fishing, rods are laid in the rack with the bungee cords unhooked. That means that the bungee cords wind up getting caught underneath the rods, making it difficult to untangle them when it’s time to secure the rods.
A better way to attach the bungees is to mount them on the bottom of the rack, with the catch notch on top (see picture below, right). That way, the bungees naturally fall out of the way when unhooked. While you might think that turns the cords turn into a tripping hazard, in practice, that’s not the case.
By the way, we didn’t come up with this idea – the rod racks used in Jones Brothers Marine‘s boats use this approach.