Monday, October 14, 2013

NuCanoe Fish Finder Install

Recently I was gifted with a new fish finder from my dad for my 25th birthday. The fish finder was a Raymarine Dragonfly and was more than I could have asked for. This gave me the excuse I needed to finally mount a fish finder on my NuCanoe Frontier 12. I also really wanted to get a fish finder going before winter crappie fishing which I feel a fish finder really comes in handy for.

I'd previously bought a deer feeder battery just for this purpose. So all I needed to do is figure out how I wanted to mount the fish finder itself and the transducer. The transducer was the biggest concern. Previously I had decided that mounting it hanging over the side was my favorite option. Other options include through hull and scupper mounting. I didn't like the through hull idea as I wanted an accurate water temperature reading. I didn't like the through scupper idea as it would be hard to remove if I needed to drag over a riffle. I realized that having a transducer hanging over the side would effect my tracking but this was a side effect I was willing to take.

The next step was figuring out how I wanted to mount the transducer over the side. Should I make my own mount or buy one from the market? My biggest priority was the ability to easily swing the transducer up and out of the water if needed. After browsing my options online I decided to go with the RAM Transducer Arm Mount. The RAM Transducer Arm combined with a 1" Yak Attack Screwball would be the perfect combination as I could mount the arm in any of the Yak Attack Geartrac's I had previously installed on the rim of the NuCanoe or on the stock Freedom Tracks. So I placed my order for the arm and a couple 1" balls at Hook1.

At the time I purchased the arm I was unsure how flexible it would be although since it was going to be attached to a screwball I knew I could move it however I wanted anyway. A few days later I received my package from Hook1 and found that the core of the arm was an aluminum rod. Here's a picture of all the components included with the arm plus the two 1" balls. 

No directions were included with the arm but assembly was pretty straight forward. The rod required a little brute force to bind but was doable by hand. It wasn't long before I had the arm installed.

The next step was mounting my fish finder. I knew I wanted it to be easily removable just like the transducer arm. I had the NuCanoe slide mount accessory that I had yet to put to good use so I thought this would be the perfect combo. I could secure the extra wire to the bottom of the slide mount so it could all be easily removed. Also my deer feeder battery fit nicely under the slide mount. Here's the finished product.

As you can see in the last picture the arm can easily be pulled up and in when not needed or when in shallow water. The entire setup is also very easy to remove.

This Saturday I tried it out on the water for the first time and I was pleased. The Raymarine Dragonfly was very easy to use. The menu design was simple and there wasn't a bunch of overwhelming options.


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