I'm going to do a two part review on this product, Part I is the product upon purchase, how it looks, feels, value for money etc and Part II will be a review after it's been put to use in the 'field'.
In addition to your clamp on rod holder or gunnel mounted rod holders, a popular product over in the US are transom mounted rod holders/racks. This one is made by Taco Products and is a 3 rod model specifically designed to mount on the rear transom of a boat.
It mounts directly on the transom, thus freeing up gunwales and decks, while providing storage for up to three rods. Durable brushed aluminum finish is designed to withstand the rigors of prolonged use in saltwater conditions. Patent-pending spline technology lets you lock in the desired angle for the rack, which can be adjusted easily using a bolt-down installation to fit the boat?s transom.
Adjustable splines to set the angle you want and offset the angle on your transom.
The unit looks well made and has a nice polished aluminium finish. I was a bit disappointed to see it didn't come with any mounting hardware given it's price tag, although the rod holders themselves feel very durable and are lined to protect your rod. They feature a pin at the base of each holder to secure your rod in place.
Overall Dimensions from edge of flange to edge of flange:
F31-3502 - 26-1/4" (2 Rod Version)
F31-3503 - 34" (3 Rod Version)
F31-3504 - 40-1/2" (4 Rod Version)
The rod holders themselves are NOT adjustable, you cannot set the spread pattern further left or right and I'm surprised that Taco did not offset these slightly to provide a more comfortable rod spread. Their adjustable splines however are great as it lets you set the overall angle, which is important if you want to create flatter lines in your spread.
They don't come cheap at $159.99 available from West Marine but they do provide a great way to increase your rod spread if space is limited.
All that's left is to see how they perform when in use.