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Well I finally got around to installing the sounder in the swing. It took me a while and took a couple of goes to get the transducer right.

I tested it on the Maribyrnong River this morning and it works a treat. I didn't see any fish arches which confirms that what I always thought was a crap fishing spot actually is!

I'll post up some pics for the benefit of those contemplating it. I was a little tentative about putting holes in my yak, but nothing to it in the end.

Here's a pic of the mounted screen:
 

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This was my first attempt. Not enough Suckaflex.
 

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Note the extra suckaflex. I found I could only achieve this big gob of suckaflex by using the cartridge and caulking gun, rather than hand tube. I also applied it to the hull with a paint scraper, then pushed the transducer down as hard as I could. I didn't weigh it down as it stuck like poo to a blankie.

I also let it cure the second time for 6 days. It's not going anywhere in a hurry.
 

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I used a tenob cover (available in boat shops) to route the cable, rather than a grommet. No particular reason, just it was available and a grommet wasn't. I used suckaflex to stop up the remaining gap.

First you drill the hole, then you insert the collar, then the vent cover goes over the top and screws down. This fits nicely under an eagle ff base.
 

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I went for a 3 ah sealed lead acid battery ($35 ebay) as it was the size I wanted. Main criteria for battery was: a) not too heavy b) had to fit in Swing centre hatch. Longer term I'll probably mount a click clack lunch box somewhere with suckaflex, or put it in a plastic SPC peaches container (suggested on the forum as a good centre hatch storage option. Thanks Dodge 8) )

I fused the battery and added a quick connector. The battery is about the size of two cigarette packets back to back, and weighs about 1kg.
 

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Finally the base goes over the top of the tenob cover, and is sealed up with suckaflex. In hindsight, I should have routed the cable up the inside base, drilled a hole about three inches up and ran the cables out with a grommet. This would have made it easier to seal the bottom of the base. The eagles have two cut outs at the bottom for couble routing. This makes it hard to seal. I think the way I have done it won't let too much water in as it's double sealed with the tenob cover. It's not the cleanest job in the world, but it works.

I was planning to use bolts, washers and nyloc nuts to hold it down, but found the three self tappers are strong enough.
 

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PeterJ said:
Nice neat job you have there.
Thanks Pete. It's a whole new world with a sounder isn't it?
 

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Chilli a timely post tonight, I spent the afternoon replacing my Cuda 128 with a 168 as part of a warranty claim/ and exchange deal.

To work through a 10" hatch you need the attributes of a chimpanzee [long arms], and after an hour's swearing trying to plastic zip tie all the surplus cable to the front scupper, I called my wife.

Long ago I removed the centre hatch bag and I had my arm mid hatch to the scupper working one end of the zip plus cable, and she was one arm in the front hatch, trying to find my zip slot with her zip end; neither could see and it was all by touch, after 15 mins it worked.

My power lead just has duct tape around the hole under sounder as the seal is enough for my taste.

All yaks should have a bloody great zipper in the middle to get access as sounder mounting is the toughest of all the yak mods mainly because of access.

My 7ah battery sits in an ice cream container in the front hatch uncovered.

Had the last trip without the sounder while it was with the Cuda dealer for warranty, and although it's only been on the boat since April it was sorely missed so know how useful you'll find it
 

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Dodge said:
you need the attributes of a chimpanzee [long arms], and after an hour's swearing trying to plastic zip tie all the surplus cable to the front scupper, I called my wife.
Hey Dodge. I can reach the scupper OK, but trying to get something around it would be tricky. I gathered all the cable in a loop, taped it up, and zip tied it to the hatch keeper cable. Seems to work OK. I can't wait to get out fishing with it.
 
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