This is an all stainless steel rod holder, flush mounted in the gunwale, with a plastic insert. A stop pin prevents rod handles from sliding all the way through.
I would give these 5 stars but I haven't actually tried them in a marine environment yet. They look good and there are no moving parts. I would buy these again based on current experience.
I recently picked up a Contender 28T. I wanted to outfit the boat with a full set of holders and my initial research tallied up a one thousand dollar cost to do it. Then I found these, which were much less expensive than others. I bought several with low expectations, just to see how they'd look. I was in for a shock! These are heavy duty, high quality rod holders! I can't speak to longevity, since they've only been on the boat for a short time, but the stainless looks great, as good as Lee's rod holders $120 version!
Great value! The quality of these are on par with other marine companies, but they're a WHALE of a lot less expensive!
I cannot believe the price on these. They are perfect. Gasket, steel, and chrome are all good. No issues.