Depending on the type of boat you have, and the style you fish, you can mount your fish finder to your best comfort.
Fish finder mounts are of three types:
These are the mounts that come with the fishfinder units out of the box. They are usually made of a base that is mounted somewhere on your boat, and the head unit fits on to the base – you can tilt and swivel a gimbal mount quite comfortably. This is the most versatile mount available and will fit on nearly any boat – including kayaks.
This is a very easy DIY installation, and requires nothing more than a drill and a screwdriver.
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In-dash installations are much cleaner and neater than gimbal mounts, but like the name says, you need to have a dash to start with, and with that, you need space on your dash! This is the most professional installation, and the wires can be really neatly concealed. In-dash installations are for the more adventurous DIYers, because the smallest mistake can ruin a shiny dashboard!
If you are uncomfortable doing this by yourself, it’s best to get it done professionally.
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Ram mounts are ideal if you don’t have much room on the surface of the boat itself to mount a large fishfinder. Ram mounts have a long neck, and a flat base on the neck where the unit sits. You can move it around as you like, twist, turn, pull, and push, and it will work like a charm. This is a great way to mount a second unit, or if your dashboard doesn’t have enough room.
Just be wary – since all that’s holding your fish finder down is a rod, no matter how tightly it’s fitted, a large force can knock it off!
Installing is easy and straightforward. Tools required: screwdriver, drill. DIY.
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