Ways to mount Fishfinder and its transducer on an inflatable boat of various designs

The sounder is a device that significantly extends the capabilities of the angler. It gives the opportunity not only to obtain information about the features of bottom topography, depths, but also on the presence of the clusters of fish.

Exploration of unknown waters using sonar, a simple matter, and takes not much time compared to, for example, with a jig tapping the bottom, or used in the feeder by pulling a cargo along the bottom.

However, in the case admitted during the installation errors, the device will not display the real picture. Selected right holder of a Fishfinder transducer and mount for Fishfinder is important both for usability and for the correct operation of the device. Mount the sounder on the boat PVC can be different, and this depends to the greatest extent from the structural features of the swimming facilities. For example, the mounting of the sonar sensor on the transom is not suitable for boats that do not have the transom and motor.

Inflatable boats with slant

Hard slani on the bottom of the boat, as well as a recommendation in the instructions to the sounder, can and does relieve the fisherman from having to buy or make a sensor holder of the sounder. Some devices allow the operation of the transducer (ultrasonic sensor) without his dip in the pond. The normal operation of the device may be provided with sensor is installed under the hard flooring directly on the bottom.

Placed in a similar way, the transducer forms a notch in the bottom of the boat to which you want to pour a little water to eliminate air gaps can distort the ultrasonic signal and lead to incorrect information. For boats and for boats with inflatable keel method is not suitable.

Important! The sensor must be in water, otherwise the layer of air between the transducer and the bottom will not allow the device to operate normally.

This feature some echo sounders can be used on the winter fisherman. In the user to many devices indicate that they can work when placing the sensor in a small puddle on the ice, without having to put it in the hole. There is also the option of using the device in which the transducer is placed in a plastic bag with water, which also eliminates the air layer.

Supplied with sounder mount

The standard stationary sensor mount sounder has a fairly simple design. Attaches a holder of a Fishfinder transducer on the transom, with screws that already provides some inconvenience in case you need to use a transducer or a device of another model. Also the sensor every time after fishing, you have to dismantle, because otherwise there is the risk of damage during transportation. However, such fastening of a Fishfinder transducer is characterized by simplicity and reliability.

Purchase universal mounting to the transom of the boat

One of the most popular and convenient options of how to mount the sensor fish finder on a swimming facility with a transom is a removable bracket that often have a telescopic design that allows you to adjust this mount to almost any height of the transom. Similar designs are available from many manufacturers, but if you want you can make something like that myself.

Removable bracket for sensor fish finder allows you to:

  • To install the sensor without the use of screws and hence the hole in the transom, which is important if the angler is planning to soon change the device.
  • As the installation and dismantling of the transducer occur quickly and without problems. This is important because the inconvenience of fixed mounts leads to the fact that the sensor is often not removed during transportation that can lead to damage and device failure.
  • Detachable mounting structure for a sonar, among other things, allows you to easily remove Fishfinder with transducer and replace with a different model, or to install on another boat.
Mount to the cylinder

Sonar is popular with anglers the device and is not always installed on a boat with a transom (and thus, most likely with the motor). On some water bodies there is simply no need in the engine, and in some countries the legislation is very difficult to use even motors of low power. Therefore, the question of fixing the transducer to the cylinder and not to the transom, relevant to many anglers.

A common variant is the usual suction Cup, with which the mount for the sounder is fixed to the cylinder. However, despite the fact that similar structures are often packaged with sonar, this is not the best option in terms of reliability. For use with transom swimming means is best suited not sucker, and the connection holder to the cylinder with glue, with a metal rod, and the sensor itself can be easily removed.


A homemade mount for the sensor to holocassette easy.

You will need:

  • Plastic plumbing pipe, about 1 meter.
  • Clamp.
  • Metal tube slightly larger in diameter than metal.
  • Two more clip for attaching clamps, and a few smaller ones, which can be used to avoid dangling sensor wire.

Given the characteristics of the boat, trim the excess from the pipe. The upper part can be curved arc, so to get both a carrying handle and an improvised stand under the depth sounder. The lower edge should flatten out, and by a flat area pre-drilled holes, screws to attach the supplied fixed transom mount. Ready design thanks to the use of the clamp is quickly attached to the transom, and just as quickly dismantled if necessary.

Important! It makes no sense to do a design with substantial margin of safety. It would be better if in the event of a collision with an underwater obstacle bend and unusable tube locking system, not the sensor.

The location of the sounder in the boat

The simplest and most common way is to use a mount sounder supplied with the device. Usually it is designed for fastening on the seat, and fairly reliable. But this arrangement is not always convenient, in some cases, the screen must also be rotated. So the sounder was all the time before my eyes, it is better to use a rotary pad that is affixed directly to the container. This option allows you to independently choose the most convenient point for the location of the sounder in the boat.

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