The Kenner is very similar to the Nautic Star 1810 model. I think the rod lockers there are limited to 6' rods. Before you start cutting, you need to make sure that it will take the rod you are looking for.
Capt. Craig Copeland
2013 Nautic Star 2110 Shallow Bay Boat
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