Kayak Finder Install Options


There are several way in which to install a kayak fish finder to a kayak and this article examines some of them.

While it’s relatively easy to install a fish finder to a kayak, there a number of things to be taken into consideration. When kayak fishing, there’s a very likely possibility that the fish finder will get wet so it’s important to consider buying a waterproof fish finder.


Waterproof Kayak Fish Finders

Kayak Fish Finder

Humminbird 385Ci Kayak Fish Finder

There are several waterproof models advertised  but although the best kayak fish finder manufacturers claim they are waterproof, doesn’t always mean it’s the case. For example, most portable fishfinders contain their own batteries and this is the most vulnerable spot to enter. Although they are fully gasketed, the gaskets don’t always creat a waterproof seal particularly after they age because the properties  seal material will break down after being exposed to the elements after a time and especially sunlight.

Therefor it’s a good idea to create your own seal with a little silicone or similar material. A very light coating is sufficient for this purpose as it’s important to be able to easily remove the cover in order to change the batteries. If for some reason you need to have your kayak fish finder serviced or repaired, it’s very likely that the original seal will leak so once again steps should be takes to ensure waterproofing.

Where to Install a Kayak Fish Finder.

Another area we examine is the location of the fish finder on your kayak. While the ability to be able to view and adjust the fish finder settings is imperative, quite often, if it’s installed very close at hand, it can become an obstruction to you’re while your fishing or moving around. Most keen and experienced kayak fishers, mount their fish finder att he front of their seating position but on the higher part of the deck itself for ease of vision and adjustments.

We highly recommend the Humminbird 385CI portable kayak fish finder.

Portable fish finders are the ideal for kayaks as they can be easily removed for cleaning and servicing but in many cases, while the kayak fish finder itself can be removed, the transducer is generally screwed or glued to the transom. Others are mounted inside on the flattest part of the hull. While this does restrict the capabilities of the transducer somewhat because the sonar needs to travel through the hull, immersing it in a sealed container full of glycerine usually provides the operator with accurate readings.




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