Where to mount depth finder/fish locator on tiller boat?

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Re: Where to mount depth finder/fish locator on tiller boat?

Post by Gobbi-M1 » 22 Apr 2018, 23:28

GrandpaMike wrote:
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GrandpaMike wrote:Hello again and happy Saturday!

Should be the first warm Saturday of the year and I'm looking forward to making some progress on the boat today.

I bought a used fish locator. I don't expect it to actually find fish, but I do want to know depth and see if there is any structure on the bottom and it will do that.

In any boat I've been in, it was extremely useful to see the depth while under power to know where we were on topo maps or to avoid shallow surprises.

With a tiller motor, where is a good place to mount the display? The cable length is going to limit me from going too far forward. The transducer mounting block is in the stern on the port side.

Trolling motor will be bow mounted, but control pedal is wireless, so no cable length restriction on that control.

Driver's seat will be on the starboard side of the furthest bench to the stern in the photo. There is a little shelf on the port, stern with the electrical switches and this is where the power is for the unit. Initially planned to mount it there but would be looking backward to see it.

Maybe that's OK, but it seems awkward.

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Since I sit on the right side of the boat as I’m on the tiller, I mounted mine off to the right rail. I also added Hobie H-Rails though. So it is mounted with hobie h-rail ram mount. It’s on there sturdy and can be moved and adjusted.



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That rail is really nice! I've never seen those before. Nice setup!

-Mike-

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Thanks,
They’re stock components for Hobie Kayaks, the Pro Angler 12 or 14 in particular. But I ordered some for my Klamath 14’ tinny. I think they look clean and good functionality.

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Re: Where to mount depth finder/fish locator on tiller boat?

Post by Gobbi-M1 » 22 Apr 2018, 23:33

jtf wrote:A mounting rail...Yes! Something to look into. Does it screw into gunnel, mine are round.
Mine are, but mine have a flat top along the top side of gunnel. If you are able to drill holes top and bottom, it still should work with rounded gunnel because you can tighten from top and bottom until no movement. Aside from that not sure how secure they’d be.

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Where to mount depth finder/fish locator on tiller boat?

Post by jtf » 23 Apr 2018, 10:41

This is a mount that would work for both my boats. Portable with an articulated arm. Unfortunately, the factory rep only covers the Helix 5 without mentioning the mount.

Anybody know who makes it?

httpss://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E--A6r2OSdA

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Where to mount depth finder/fish locator on tiller boat?

Post by LDUBS » 23 Apr 2018, 11:55

jtf wrote:This is a mount that would work for both my boats. Portable with an articulated arm. Unfortunately, the factory rep only covers the Helix 5 without mentioning the mount.

Anybody know who makes it?

httpss://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E--A6r2OSdA
Looks like one made by BalZout. At $175, it isn't exactly an economy model.
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Post by jtf » 23 Apr 2018, 18:47

Yeah, don't want to spend a 1/4 of what the unit cost for a mount. There aren't any big box outdoor stores in two hours of here, it's hard to compare with pictures or would chance ordering one.

Looks like Ram makes a swing-away adjustable for about $60. My tiller handle requires left hand operation (Tohotsu), so the unit needs to be to my right and out of the way. Maybe on the floor or the top of a rib below the gunnel?

I like those Hobie rails if they put the unit inside the gunnel. Do they offer a shorty rail?

My bow trolling motor has a lead for electronics hook up but that will put it too forward to see from the tiller.
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Re: Where to mount depth finder/fish locator on tiller boat?

Post by Gobbi-M1 » 23 Apr 2018, 18:53

jtf wrote:Yeah, don't want to spend a 1/4 of what the unit cost for a mount. There aren't any big box outdoor stores in two hours of here, it's hard to compare with pictures or would chance ordering one.

Looks like Ram makes a swing-away adjustable for about $60. My tiller handle is on the left too, so the unit needs to be to my right and out of the way if possible without turning around.

I like those Hobie rails if they don't put the unit out over the gunnel. Do they offer a shorty rail?
Yup, they make them in 9 inch, 21 inch or the longer ones in 41 inch I believe. Amazon carries the 9 and 21’s. I ordered the longer ones from Austin Kayak online.

And yes, Ram Mounts makes various mounts that would work and they are easily adjustable and can swing away easily as well.


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Re: Where to mount depth finder/fish locator on tiller boat?

Post by Weldorthemagnificent » 23 Apr 2018, 19:02

I can’t help but think that if a guy wanted a swing away mount for his depth finder that some sort of hardware store bracketry could be cobbled together and it could be pinned in the oarlock on the cheap.


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Where to mount depth finder/fish locator on tiller boat?

Post by jtf » 23 Apr 2018, 19:32

If it would mount to the face of the rear seat box on the right, it could be pulled up to view and maybe be out of the way when moving around the boat or landing a fish. I have a few more mods to finish to get the hull snag proof as possible.

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Re: Where to mount depth finder/fish locator on tiller boat?

Post by Weldorthemagnificent » 23 Apr 2018, 20:46

You can get magnetic mounts for cell phone. I have one on an arm that’s adjustable. It suction cups to the window but I’m sure it could be screwed. Works good and holds a plus size iPhone with a case even when driving the truck on the farm.


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Re: Where to mount depth finder/fish locator on tiller boat?

Post by Weldorthemagnificent » 23 Apr 2018, 20:46

I’m just spitballing ideas here, you got me thinking.


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Post by Doc Arroyo » 27 Apr 2018, 12:28

I had an old Lowrance left without a mount. My solution was a Scotty rod holder socket mounted to the gunnel, a Scotty table and some aluminum angles. It is up where I can see it, ot of the way, and easily moved.


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Post by LDUBS » 27 Apr 2018, 19:05

Just tossing another idea. If you are decent at fabricating, you could make an articulated arm. I made one once to hold my lathe dust collection hood. Worked neat cause I could move it around as needed. I don't have a pic of the one I made. It is long gone. Here is a generic pic from Google.

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Post by LDUBS » 27 Apr 2018, 19:08

Doc Arroyo wrote:I had an old Lowrance left without a mount. My solution was a Scotty rod holder socket mounted to the gunnel, a Scotty table and some aluminum angles. It is up where I can see it, ot of the way, and easily moved.


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Neat and clean. I like it.
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Re: Where to mount depth finder/fish locator on tiller boat?

Post by GrandpaMike » 27 Apr 2018, 20:43

LDUBS wrote:
Doc Arroyo wrote:I had an old Lowrance left without a mount. My solution was a Scotty rod holder socket mounted to the gunnel, a Scotty table and some aluminum angles. It is up where I can see it, ot of the way, and easily moved.


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Neat and clean. I like it.
Wow! There are some great fabricators here! Thanks for all the ideas.

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Where to mount depth finder/fish locator on tiller boat?

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