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Hi Gatesy,

In theory this sounds like a fine plan.

However when you tip the new ride won't this mean it is actually further under water. :)

By the way i'm not trying to put the mocker on you but new kayaks, first sessions, and dunking seem to be a regular occourance on this forum.
 

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Hi,

Can't agree more. Comments were all very much tounge in cheek.

I am still working out where to put the scotty rod mount that came with the outback. :roll:

The carring handle on the outback makes a good rod holder - Wonder if the advnture is the same.
 

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I wish this subject never came up. If I capsize, my sounder will be a long way under water, and probably will be left hanging by the cables. Had not even considered the possibility before. :shock:

Oh well, what the writing is on the wall. Need new yak, need new sounder, need more proper flushmounts and do away with the 40mm PVC tube that makes my yak so... so.... so very.... um...eerr.... I think... Heath Robinson, or was that more Steptoe and son :lol:

Cheers all Andybear
 
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Heya Gatesy,

I love the Scotty gear, and the setup you have described would work I reckon......

Also might be worth a look at the RAM mounts for this particular application. Best thing being its completely adjustable so you can get the sounder high enough but not too high, and change positioning higher or lower depending on the conditions, and even to avoid glare etc. The RAM gear is also compatible with most sounders as well.

Even though the RAM gear isnt cheap, by the time you have bought all the different pieces for the Scotty gear the RAM system might not really end up being any more expensive.
 

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Ive been looking for scotty stuff online and cant seem to find the whole catalogue... these are the types of things i dream of :)

I think its a good idea, placing it near handles ( if possible ) could allow for a cord tidy system starting by running the lines under the handle... sounds all good in theory lol

Any links on sites for Scotty and Ram stuff in Australia?

Im gonna use my hobie stock for a few months so i can really suss out what i want and were, starting by making tethers for my back two rods so i can troll with peace of mind.
 

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I reckon the Ram mounts are the way to go. I have one fitted to my Hobie Sports, and its great. Mine is fitted on my portside gunnel.

Check out my Hobie Sports pics in the rigged kayaks forum.

Chris
 

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I've been toying with ideas of how to mount the FF too on the Sport. I think I will go with a sounder plate like Gatesy showed or convert a rod holder into a sounder holder. Basically I want to be able to remove the sounder without leaving anything that I can accidently break off or scrap a leg on.

With regards to being water proof. I picked up an Eagle Cuda this week and as I was buying it I asked if it was water proof. I was told that no sounder is water proof, only water resistent. As I was leaving I picked up an Eagle brochure and in that they indicate that all their sounders from the cheapy Cuda right up to the top of the range are waterproof. Not sure what the warranty would cover if it were dunked and stopped working.
 

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onemorecast said:
I've been toying with ideas of how to mount the FF too on the Sport. I think I will go with a sounder plate like Gatesy showed or convert a rod holder into a sounder holder. Basically I want to be able to remove the sounder without leaving anything that I can accidently break off or scrap a leg on.

With the Ram mounts, everything can be removed bar the mount with ball. It sits inside the gunnel, without producing past the top.I do this every time I return from fishing.

chris
 

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The only other consideration that I would think about Gatesy is where your battery will be in relation to the sounder and thus how far the cables have to run and how they will enter the hull. Mine run under the front hatch which means that I haven't needed to drill any holes for the cable. Probably would work for you if you planned to use the sail mount at the front (means no holes at all) but the peddles may obscure the view.

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fishtales said:
onemorecast said:
I've been toying with ideas of how to mount the FF too on the Sport. I think I will go with a sounder plate like Gatesy showed or convert a rod holder into a sounder holder. Basically I want to be able to remove the sounder without leaving anything that I can accidently break off or scrap a leg on.

With the Ram mounts, everything can be removed bar the mount with ball. It sits inside the gunnel, without producing past the top.I do this every time I return from fishing.

chris
The Ram mount is very nice Chris and it achieves just what I'm after, but it's a little pricey for me yet. I wanted to see if I could do a DIY job first a little cheaper before I commited to the ram.

I spent today devising a bracket for the sounder which fits neatly on the scotty deck mount rod holder that came with the Sport. I can take the bracket off pretty easily to use as a rod holder again without dramas.

The problem I'm running into at the moment is my power supply. I tried wiring a 4 and a 6 AA battery holders together to get my 12 volts but no matter how it wire it the most i get is the 8.5 Volts from the 6, it seemes to be ignoring the 4 AA holder. Not sure why but I don't know much about electricity :?
 

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Sorry I can't help with the battery problem Eric. I too am a bit of a doofus when it comes to such things. :?

Be sure you post pics when you get your sounder installation up and running.

Chris
 

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These batteries are 1.5 volts more or less. When you connect them up in series you will need 8 of them to make 12 volts. Personally I would go 10 and move the voltage up above the 12 volts, which all the fishfinders will handle no probs.

YeGods I hope I'm right there. If not someone else had better jump on.

Cheers Andybear :lol:
 

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Yep, that sounds right to me Andy. They usually accept a range of voltages no problem.
 

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andybear said:
These batteries are 1.5 volts more or less. When you connect them up in series you will need 8 of them to make 12 volts. Personally I would go 10 and move the voltage up above the 12 volts, which all the fishfinders will handle no probs.

YeGods I hope I'm right there. If not someone else had better jump on.

Cheers Andybear :lol:
Andy,
I did go with 10 batteries as I"m using rechargeables and they typically recharge to about 1.4 volts giving me 14 volts and yes the FF has no trouble with the extra voltage.

I took me 2 nights of fiddling with a 4 pack holder and a 6 pack holder to wire them together, but I did figure it out eventually and it doesn't look pretty but works ok now.
 

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Hi, I'm rather suspecting that on your first attempt, you may have been connecting series in the battery holders, but connecting the holders together in parallel. Looks like you have it sorted now. Happy fishing and good luck

Cheers Andybear :lol:
 
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