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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2015, 06:50 PM »
This is a honey hole of fatty stripers all wanting to become tacos! Lol

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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2015, 05:48 PM »
So I have the ram mount attached to the rail system now and need to figure out where to go through the hull with the wires.
Also ran into another little issue.. Its damn hard to find a flat level spot to mount the transducer inside my hull.. being a pontoon style and all.. Inside the front hatch and toward the stern a good way seems less than level. I need to have that figured out before I go any further.  :'(

Maybe I will take some pics as I go along so everyone can watch me screw this up haha  ;D

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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2015, 06:29 PM »
Was thinking about going through my bow hatch with the wires to avoid drilling into the kayak...

Something like this maybe (please excuse my poor photo shop work  :D ) :


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I don't know if that particular through deck wire seal will work because of how wide it is and the way the orbix hatch is constructed:



Also dont know if I want the battery in that exact location.. The split wire ducting / conduit:



that would run to the hatch would be zip tied and have a few pieces of velcro under the zip ties and some velcro tape on the deck so I can stick it down in case it moves more than I think it will (it would be under 24 inches long I think). 
Basically I want to avoid drilling an inch wide hole through my kayak if I can(I think the large connectors on my fish finder would make this necessary in order for them to fit through) . Does anyone think this looks like it would work?  ;D
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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2015, 07:23 PM »

RG, this is just my two cents on the subject...  It sounds like you have really done your homework and acquired all the top notch parts for your project.  I know it sounds like you are afraid to drill a hole in your kayak because you may ruin it or something.  But I have worked with just about every media/material known to man, and modern kayak plastic is among the easiest to build/repair that I have ever come across.  So personally, the fear of ruining my kayak is non existent.  That being said, I would recommend getting a pre-manufactured thru-hull wire kit like you have pictured or like Hobie offers, and just do the job right the first time.  Leave yourself just enough slack to adjust the unit, but keep the on deck cable to a minimum, and run it into the hull asap.  Keep it clean and your deck as clear as possible.  It is totally up to you in the end, but having 1-2' of wire exposed on the deck is going to get caught on something eventually, no matter how much velcro you have.  It would be a shame to lose a trophy fish due to some crap in the way, or damaging the unit from yanking on the cables.  Plus the idea of moving the wires every time you open/close the hatch seams like a poor one, and will just encourage you to keep the hatch closed.  Keep your workspace clean and clear so you can focus on the job at hand.  I do know that from experience, using the Hobie thru-hull wire kit, that if you drill the correct size hole, if down the road you remove the wires and kit, the hole can be plugged with a flush mount bungee plug in a matter of seconds.  That and every serious kayak angler should look into a plastic welder for the future, to prevent nice yaks from being cut into tiny pieces, lol.  And you have the right idea on the split flex loom for the wires, I have used that on all my yaks.  Hope this helps, Cant wait to see it rigged up!

        

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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2015, 11:21 PM »

RG, this is just my two cents on the subject...  It sounds like you have really done your homework and acquired all the top notch parts for your project.  I know it sounds like you are afraid to drill a hole in your kayak because you may ruin it or something.  But I have worked with just about every media/material known to man, and modern kayak plastic is among the easiest to build/repair that I have ever come across.  So personally, the fear of ruining my kayak is non existent.  That being said, I would recommend getting a pre-manufactured thru-hull wire kit like you have pictured or like Hobie offers, and just do the job right the first time.  Leave yourself just enough slack to adjust the unit, but keep the on deck cable to a minimum, and run it into the hull asap.  Keep it clean and your deck as clear as possible.  It is totally up to you in the end, but having 1-2' of wire exposed on the deck is going to get caught on something eventually, no matter how much velcro you have.  It would be a shame to lose a trophy fish due to some crap in the way, or damaging the unit from yanking on the cables.  Plus the idea of moving the wires every time you open/close the hatch seams like a poor one, and will just encourage you to keep the hatch closed.  Keep your workspace clean and clear so you can focus on the job at hand.  I do know that from experience, using the Hobie thru-hull wire kit, that if you drill the correct size hole, if down the road you remove the wires and kit, the hole can be plugged with a flush mount bungee plug in a matter of seconds.  That and every serious kayak angler should look into a plastic welder for the future, to prevent nice yaks from being cut into tiny pieces, lol.  And you have the right idea on the split flex loom for the wires, I have used that on all my yaks.  Hope this helps, Cant wait to see it rigged up!


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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #20 on: January 22, 2015, 07:54 AM »
Yep,   
Drill, Drill, Drill

Only saying this because they are ma de for the lowrance FF, but get a hobie wire kit one hole no other drilling. Place the wires up it and thread the locking nut on the back.
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« Reply #21 on: January 22, 2015, 08:44 AM »
Yep,   
Drill, Drill, Drill

Only saying this because they are ma de for the lowrance FF, but get a hobie wire kit one hole no other drilling. Place the wires up it and thread the locking nut on the back.

 I bought the hobie wire kit and it is awsome, cheap, and easy to put together. I recommend it too
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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #22 on: January 22, 2015, 11:06 AM »
Yep,   
Drill, Drill, Drill

Only saying this because they are ma de for the lowrance FF, but get a hobie wire kit one hole no other drilling. Place the wires up it and thread the locking nut on the back.

 I bought the hobie wire kit and it is awsome, cheap, and easy to put together. I recommend it too

Can you buy the kit locally or did you order it online?

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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2015, 04:11 PM »
Yep,   
Drill, Drill, Drill

Only saying this because they are ma de for the lowrance FF, but get a hobie wire kit one hole no other drilling. Place the wires up it and thread the locking nut on the back.

 I bought the hobie wire kit and it is awsome, cheap, and easy to put together. I recommend it too

Can you buy the kit locally or did you order it online?

Gonna have to order it, since we do not have a hobie dealer at the moment.
but this is that kit
http://www.kayakfishingsupplies.com/servlet/the-1352/Hobie-Thru-Hull-Wiring/Detail
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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2015, 07:28 PM »

Fyi, you can also order it here if you only need 1.  And ACK has the fastest shipping around, plus they have a 10% off code in their latest email. 

https://www.austinkayak.com/products/13012/Hobie-Thru-Hull-Plug.html

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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2015, 08:28 PM »

Fyi, you can also order it here if you only need 1.  And ACK has the fastest shipping around, plus they have a 10% off code in their latest email. 

https://www.austinkayak.com/products/13012/Hobie-Thru-Hull-Plug.html

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I would prefer to buy only what I need. but isnt there supposed to be some sort of rubber insert inside there as well??

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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2015, 08:45 PM »
The single doesn't come with the plug, the set I showed comes with an assortment of wire plugs depending on what yours requires. Hobie sells in the two pack for the lowrance ready yaks.

As for the discount will not work, because it is a Hobie product. 

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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2015, 09:11 PM »
great info to help thanks guys--hopefully makes an easy install. My FF comes in a few days and can't wait.
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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2015, 12:29 PM »
great info to help thanks guys--hopefully makes an easy install. My FF comes in a few days and can't wait.

Have you received your unit Lopezcador? Started the install yet? I still havent purchased a battery.. Been busy..Ive looked around a little.. haven't found a good price yet. I'm looking to spend around 30-40 tops for a battery and charger..Also trying to figure out a battery box I can make for cheap. Still need to order that Hobie through hull mount kit as well.
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Re: Fishfinder mounting...
« Reply #29 on: January 28, 2015, 06:43 PM »
great info to help thanks guys--hopefully makes an easy install. My FF comes in a few days and can't wait.

Have you received your unit Lopezcador? Started the install yet? I still havent purchased a battery.. Been busy..Ive looked around a little.. haven't found a good price yet. I'm looking to spend around 30-40 tops for a battery and charger..Also trying to figure out a battery box I can make for cheap. Still need to order that Hobie through hull mount kit as well.
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