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Not wanting to drill anymore holes in the yak (Had to be sedated when fitting flush mount rod holders) I decided to fit the sounder on the front hatch cover as they are cheap enough to replace. My question is do you think the hatch would have enough strength in it to take the weight and not split over time ?
 

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Why the problem with putting holes in the kayak, surely you'll have to put a hole in the cover anyway. You could use the conduit method someone else on here did that requires no holes at all (sticky links).
 

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Heno, the problem I think might happen is the hatch cover might be damaged in a worse case scenario and you may have a problem with water entering the yak this is a worse case scenario . There may also be other problems with your idea of using a hatch cover. you could always use chopping boards to add strength to your hatch cover and the cover is sandwiched between 2 chopping boards cut to shape. Someone may have a solution to your question and reasons why hatch covers are not normally used. I don't have a fishfinder so cant tell you the best or worst way to set it up. Good question any way....
 

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Crikey, ive seen that idea somewhere before :shock:
I changed my thinking on that one for some reason and went for the pvc across the front to hold both it and the transducer and a rod holder. :D
 

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Heno said:
Not wanting to drill anymore holes in the yak (Had to be sedated when fitting flush mount rod holders) I decided to fit the sounder on the front hatch cover as they are cheap enough to replace. My question is do you think the hatch would have enough strength in it to take the weight and not split over time ?
If you drilled the holes they wont split, I have a handle on my espri hatch and it is often a tie off point.

The FF unit has no weight so shouldn't strain any thing there.

Suggest you get over the fear of drilling, as creating your yak using fittings is one ot the joys of the sport, and I think hull poly is tougher than the hatch plastic.

If I was mounting a FF on the espri I would follow the style of meoldchina's SIK, on top deck above the front hatch
 

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If I was mounting a FF on the espri I would follow the style of meoldchina's SIK, on top deck above the front hatch
I thought about that option too but being vertically challenged I can't quite reach that far forward and wasn't keen on mounting on the gunwales.I can easily reach the sounder mounted on the hatch with the ram mount. If this doesn't work I will try making something similar to a rhino bar setup with a scotty rodholder either side (may be able to incorporate foot rests into this aswell)...
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Heno.
 

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g'day red,
thanks for that but not quite what I had in mind.found this setup on another site. If the hatch doesn't workout I may try something like it.
Regards,
Heno.
 

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l wasn't keen on cutting holes in my kayak back in the early days so made up a rod holder and fish finder bracket which has the battery and tranducer attached, it only takes a few mins to fit or remove from the yak
When l started ocean fishing l made the second bracket to fit my Alvey reels and the fish finder screen was removable and stored below deck when heading out throught the surf,
 

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