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Old 30 July 2014, 17:55   #11
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No where between the drain plug and the wheel mounting pin can the transducer come in contact with your trailer bunk as it is far enough away isn't it? Can the boat slide over? If it can I would recommend side bunks to keep it centered. Do you tie the stern of the boat down? I wouldn't recommend towing any boat without a minimum of three tie downs.

Yes I put a bilge pump in to get rid of water right before pulling the already heavy boat up the beach on it's launching wheels. We tend to drag a lot of water into the boat with our drysuits and scuba gear.
Hi Peter,
I really like your set up and little mods to make life easier, I have a ratchet strap at the bow which attaches to the D rings at the front of the boat, and then it goes around the trailer bar near the jockey wheel to stop it rolling / falling backwards off the trailer and I have a a ratchet strap at the rear which goes through the boat handles and straps to the trailer and I also have a ratchet strap which goes through the handles at the front of the boat and straps down to the trailer,

My boat seems quite secure now on the trailer and doesn't move once I have tightened the ratchet straps, I invested in better quality ratchet straps as the ones I received with the boat were rubbish and the boat was not 100% secure, on average I am towing the boat 80 miles each way on each outing and so far so good, just hope it stays that way, think I might fit a water pump as the sea is a bit choppy at times where I go and I find I am using a tupper ware box to bale some of the water out, its not a lot of water but a pump would be nice to make life easier and more enjoyable,

Going back to the installation of the transducer I think I might do what other forum members do and use the good old G clamp and bit of wood until I test the fish finder out at sea at different speeds and make sure I have the correct position then maybe look at permantly fixing it to the boat etc, as like you say I don't think the transducer would be in the way of the bunkers etc of the trailer, just more worried of a clumsy mate or myself knocking it etc,

That must be pretty hard work pulling your boat up the beach with your equipment in as I personally found the Ali floor once I installed mine back in after my repairs it made a big difference in the weight of the boat without the engine etc on, you must be a strong man to haul yours up the beach, I really appreciate yours and other forums members help as I have learned a lot from you all in the last few months, all knowledge gratefully received, I just wish I could return the favour to you all or buy you all a pint,
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Old 30 July 2014, 18:00   #12
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Shaun, the ratchets on the pivots are there in case the transducer hits something at speed - allows the transducer to kick up out of the way instead of breaking at the arm (from experience, it doesn't always work that way, which is why my last transducer spent the last 3 years of its life as a large blob of wire-reinforced epoxy.)

Pivoting the transducer intentionally won't really get you anything (other than less of a lock on the bottom), as it will still read the nearest echo. In other words, it's not really "amiable".

Pete: Nice setup with the bilge pump. Wish I had had that on my Achilles.

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Hi Jyasaki,
It now makes sense why they are on a ratchet, I couldn't get my head around why they were on a ratchet, think I am having a blonde moment, thanks for your help
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Old 31 July 2014, 05:06   #13
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Hi, good luck with your sonar, not sure I would have wanted a conger on board they would thrash around taking out anything they hit and don't taste very good either, if you want bass hit the shoreham arm at sunrise-sunset
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Old 31 July 2014, 12:42   #14
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I've not read all the replies but here's a solution my pal came up with. He can lower it right into the water and it reads at top speed and it also retracts so its out the way for beach landing.

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Old 31 July 2014, 13:34   #15
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I have the same fishfinder as you, I got a wall plate strap and fixed a lenth of 2"x1" to it and used a g-clamp to hold it to the transom, I hold the cables in place useing reusable cable tie's I have only been out once and forgot to charge the battery so I couldn't tell you if it works.
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Old 07 August 2014, 17:30   #16
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Hi, good luck with your sonar, not sure I would have wanted a conger on board they would thrash around taking out anything they hit and don't taste very good either, if you want bass hit the shoreham arm at sunrise-sunset
Hi Mickhitchuk,

Thanks for the advice on Shoreham arm, I will have a venture around that area next time I am out, I was fishing off the pier last year at Shoreham and I was hitting Bream like they were going out of fashion, on the end of the pier cast straight ahead / out about 50 - 70 yards,

The weather is supposed to be crap on Saturday as that was my next planned trip out, believe me, I did not expect a conger on my line, good result though, lifted my spirits up, I know what my last conger that I caught was like on a charter boat, hence I was trying to clear my boat as much as possible, I have some spanish friends and they eat practically anything in the sea, even pouting, yuk!
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Old 27 August 2014, 22:41   #17
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Hi, got to reply to this as I've just sorted mine out, I have the Lowerance Elite4 DSI.
I've been pondering the same situation for weeks now, and then I came across this...
Force 4 Universal Adjustable Stern Transducer Support - Only 9.95 - Force 4 Chandlery
It arrived today and is perfect, I will be fitting it over the weekend so hopefully i'll be up and running.
hope this helps.
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I've not read all the replies but here's a solution my pal came up with. He can lower it right into the water and it reads at top speed and it also retracts so its out the way for beach landing.
Pretty clever.

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Old 28 August 2014, 19:09   #19
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*Shrugs* I mounted mine to the transom and leave it there. The wiring is left routed to my electronics tower. It clears my tie downs on my busy transom. You probably already know this but it needs to mount on the starboard side in order to avoid prop turbulence.


That's pretty much exactly where I put mine. Do you experience loss of signal at speeds above 25mph? I think the speed tubes cause turbulence and/or raise it too far from the water. Just a theory. I also have problems with it getting hit by underwater objects which knock it off level. Easy to fix but annoying.

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Has anyone tried mounting the transducer INSIDE the boat, just above the rubber floor? I originally was going to try that but it would require me to de-rig the entire boat so took the easy way out lol.
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Old 28 August 2014, 21:38   #20
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My Garmin sometimes looses depth readings but it is variable and happens at most any speed. 28mph is tops for my boat and only in rough water. Otherwise 25mph is max. I leave the bolts holding the transducer a little loose so if it does strike something it will pivot up.
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