so far, 3 trips and no hassles with the location, fishing wise.
The 1" ball mount is just barely enough to hold it though. OTOH, it is easy to fold out of the way, lol.
I feel , that had i put it in the center of the boat, I know it would be covered in fish slime from the fish hitting as I land them
and also tangle line on it as I laid the rod down in the boat.