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Old 10 April 2016, 01:42   #1
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Fitting Fishfinder on small RIB

I've got myself a small, light 3.3m RIB, and want to have a neat, removable setup for mounting a small Fishfinder/GPS.

So I'm hoping for some advice on the best way to do this, minimising weight and space, and being neat and relatively waterproof.

The boat has two remove able bench seats, so I could utilise one of those for fixing the main unit to? The setup needs to be easily removable after each trip. Likewise I would like to remove the transfucer too if possible?

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Garmin Echo fishfinders are easily removed from the fixed bracket. The power and transducer cable simply detach and you can cover them with the rubber grommets provided.

Any reason the transducer needs to be removed? The bracket for the transducer is fixed in place with 4 self-tappers, sikaflex, etc. The transducer should be easy enough to remove as it can be adjusted on the bracket. Either that or look at housing transducer in hull at transom.
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Thanks Spartacus ...... the boat is an F-RIB so will be folded up and put away after use, hence why I was thinking of a removable transducer of some kind, or one mounted inside?
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Thanks Spartacus ...... the boat is an F-RIB so will be folded up and put away after use, hence why I was thinking of a removable transducer of some kind, or one mounted inside?
Check out Gurnard's post: A Guppy's pilgrimage

He's got a new F-RIB and is experimenting with a fishfinder, regards set-up.
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Check out Gurnard's post: A Guppy's pilgrimage

He's got a new F-RIB and is experimenting with a fishfinder, regards set-up.
Yep and he's thinking of a shoot through hull transducer
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Yes I think that's a better option really.

Does anyone know if transducer cables can be shortened or short ones ordered?
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Yes I think that's a better option really.

Does anyone know if transducer cables can be shortened or short ones ordered?
I would say no to shortening just wrap it up with a tie wrapp at the back of your unit
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Have a look at item number 262353764610 on eBay, it has a mount that goes over the rear tubes.

Quite a good idea really, albeit low tech.
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Im still setting mine up for correct position and depth.. as its not so obvious on the F-Rib as my other boats ..I got noise when I tried mine..so will move it around.

I just screw the transducer to a suitable piece of wood..then clamp it to the transom with a G clamp. I tried to be smart so the wood was cut to a certain length..then clamped between pencil drawn lines on the top of transom..it would be in the correct position every time. Just need to find the correct position though..then recut the wood to suit. If all that makes sense ?

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Remember when setting up your transducer it should be inline with the water not the hull or you get false readings.

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