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Cleaning connectors post trip

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:58 pm
by Pronto
I just got my first finder for my yak. What do you guys use to clean connectors post trip?

Re: Cleaning connectors post trip

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:05 pm
by vr4king
Easy I don't.....all my plugs connectors etc have an extremely healthy amount of die-electric grease filling them up


No stress 3-4yrs fishing and only re-applied once

Re: Cleaning connectors post trip

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:41 pm
by Hainesy
Every now and again smear them with a coat of Lanocote

Re: Cleaning connectors post trip

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:58 pm
by Pronto
Where can I pick those up from?

Re: Cleaning connectors post trip

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:23 pm
by Hairy_Snappa
Watching this with interest as I am looking to acquire a finder in the near future. :-D

Re: Cleaning connectors post trip

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:21 am
by Limitless
I use a long life protectant to limit electrolysis too (Wynn's Viscotene in my case, but Lanocote is also excellent), but I don't stop there.

After each session (or at the end of the trip if on a multi-day mission) I give the connectors a gentle rinse with fresh water to flush away any surface salt before it becomes embedded in the sticky corrosion protection. I also check for dirt, especially after a dusty far north mission.

If dirt is present, or after every few trips, I flush away the corrosion protection (Viscotene or Lanocote) with CRC 2-26. This cleans away dirt and any salt that's been caught in the sticky stuff, and improves the electrical properties of the contacts. After 24 hours I then reapply some long the long life protection.

With a little care and attention electronics can last a long time on kayaks. Currently my oldest sounder is a Humminbird 798 that now has 1140hrs on the clock - this unit is still on it's original transducer and has one power lead replacement because of a pinched cable. My Elite 7 and old NSS7 have several hundred hours between them, and are both on all original cables and connectors.

The one thing I believe is critical to long cable and connector life is to only have your battery connected while the head unit is installed and in use. Leaving the battery connected unnecessarily, especially when the head unit isn't connected greatly increases the risk of electrolysis issues.

Stephen Tapp
Viking Kayaks

Re: Cleaning connectors post trip

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:51 am
by Pronto
Cheers for the tips. I went out yesterday but there was so much spray coming in that I didn't bother taking the sounder out of its bag.

Re: Cleaning connectors post trip

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:01 pm
by vr4king
Just checked the stuff I use its a Dow Corning valve grease with high dielectric properties I filled the connections to the brim and never had an issue with shorting etc