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Old 07 August 2017, 16:26   #1
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Humminbird transducer mounting broken

Any of you guys have bother with transducer mounting brackets breaking? There is a 3rd screw to lock the transducer in place that I had left out until today! It would normally flip up if under pressure but on my last outing the clips wouldn't hold the transducer in place any more, I locked it in place today and it never made the return trip home before the bracket snapped!!! The unit is a Humminbird Helix 5 XD. Are there any stronger brackets that you guys use? Cheers, Tim.
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never had a problem my lowrance bracket is notched like a cog but on the side so it locks into any position, when it kicks up it stays there.
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Always felt a bit crap! May just order another few!!
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this is mine all plastic/nylon
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I've got a Humminbird Helix 7. Never had any problem with it but I have a vague recollection of thinking...."that's not going to kick up if it hits something" and then thinking better that than kicking up every time I hit a wave. A problem I have had with other brands in the past.
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The offending article!! It always kicked up, in fact so much so that the clips became so loose that all it done was flop about! I screwed the screw in just above the break, all was fine for 30 mins until we hit a few lovely rolling swells and decided to catch some air...then this happened! Surely there's a heavy duty one available?
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I've done over 1000 mls with mine with countless "airborne" events and in some pretty atrocious conditions without any problems. Had a look at it this morning and it looks like the same one as yours.
Are you sure you haven't hit something floating in the water or is it set very low?
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Possibly low, possibly a lobster pot line? But I'd say it's been under pressure most of its short life, covering around 600 nautical miles airborne most of the time! I have a newer heavy duty metal type on order, hopefully that will do the trick!
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not got your bolt too tight? mine is set at just below the keel very hard for rope to catch if at all
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Shouldn't really be low, I just wasn't ruling out it touching anything, but any time I stopped to do a spot of fishing I always had to reach down and "click" it back in! Hence why the clips eventually broke allowing the transducer to flop up and down and not lock in place. It's quite a heavy transducer, it's always in the water but above keel height, maybe hard to see in the pic but that's the keel lower to the left. I'll try this new bracket and see how I get on.
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