I posted a thread about rod tapers and thought there were a lot of good responses. I did mention length but little was mentioned, those that did feel free to augment your positions. Any best all purpose length? conventional? Spin? Weight class versus length? Will a 7' rod with the same taper/power than a 6' boat a fish faster? Does a longer rod absorb "Shock" as well? Here's a thought; boats that have 'brackets' for outboards. It appears that the distance could range from 36", or more likely 48" or more from where you can stand on the stern, to the outboard side of the outboard engine. Obviously making it difficult to clear the engines if the fish runs in that direction. How much more difficult is it to fish this setup versus the older style 'notched sterns, or inboard boats?