Grade 316 stainless steel offers superior corrosion resistance and has become the norm for architectural applications within 5km of the coastline. Another natural use for grade 316 stainless is in boating and marine sports gear, which has to withstand the corrosive effects of salt water.
Deck fittings and equipment made in 316 stainless are stronger and more durable than most alternatives. Their lifespan is further enhanced when kept clear of salt encrustations, grease and dirt. This is facilitated by a very smooth surface which doesn't present miniscule pits and crevices where corrosion can begin.
An example of grade 316 being used to good effect is the Cannon Rod Holder by ASSDA member Emro Products. For the benefit of the non-fisherperson, a rod holder is mounted onto the side or deck of the boat to hold the fishing rod and free up both hands for other tasks.
Using several rod holders when trolling allows more lures to be placed and the area covered is increased if the holders are angled at 90 degrees to the sides of the vessel.
The Cannon is made from highly polished grade 316 stainless steel, rigorously tested to ensure a durable and reliable product. It is fully adjustable so that the rod can be positioned as desired. Being detachable it can be easily cleaned and is less vulnerable to theft.
The D locking mechanism in the base of the shaft ensures that it attaches securely and cannot be accidentally released, losing both valuable fishing equipment and the catch.
The rod holder is manufactured in two lengths, 145mm long with rubber buffers on either end and 300mm long with a pin in the end to suit a gimbal.
This article featured in Australian Stainless magazine - Issue 24, March 2003.