How To: Ocean Kayak - Ultra sounder install

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Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:47 pm

Ok, here's my little run down of my sounder install into the Ocean Kayak - ultra easy... :lol:

This is a run through of how I installed my Humminbird 798 in my Ultra, other sounders may be slightly different but at least this will give you some ideas I hope.

Ok lets get the scary part out of the way first, you need to drill one hole, yep just one for this install, I need to get the power cable to the inside of the kayak where my batteries are, I'm using a simple rubber grommet with a hole in it, no need to over complicate things... I need a 10mm hole so out comes the drill, this step is much easier with the lid removed...

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The hole:

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The rubber grommet:

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and fitted in the hole

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Now fit the transducer bracket:

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Push the transducer cable up through the scupper:

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Time to remove the fishfinder mounting plate from the lid now:

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Simple matter or removing the screws and you can access the cable area inside the lid:

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Now push the transducer cable through the lid hinge:

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You now need to pull the cable through and fix the transducer in place, you do this with the plate and wing nut:

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I made a tool for this bit out of a bit of PVC pipe, makes it much easier if you don't have access to a set of small hands...

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Plate and wing nut in place:

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Now coil up your transducer cable inside the lid:

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Time to bring in the power cable and thread it back through the lid hinge:

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Thread it through the grommet fitted earlier, a little bit of lubrication may be need to make it easier to thread:

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Now drill the fishfinder plate to fit your sounder base, fit the base, and screw the mounting plate back on to the lid and you are finished!

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There you go like I said pretty easy :)

Here are a couple of shots of the transducer scupper showing my side imaging transducer in place.

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Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:50 pm

I sense this will come in very handy......very...handy. :clap:

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Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:54 pm

Great post mental,
FYI for anyone interested mine is set up the same except I run both my power and transducer cable into the hull and have internally mounted the transducer (due to the garmin puck not citing the scupper).
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Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:52 am

Maybe a silly question: Does water ingress through the stainless cable tube into the area where the transducer cable is coiled up?
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Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:57 am

Yes you could get a little in there but the opening is only about 12mm, it's not sticking up etc so wouldn't be the easiest place to get water into but not impossible, any water that did get in would quickly be expelled by simply lifting the lid, if you really wanted you could of course pump some silicone in there to seal it...
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Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:15 pm

Also even if it did get water in there it doesn't go into the center well or he hull, it's a closed space so would only sit there untill you open the lid when it would all run out again ;)
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Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:21 pm

I'm about to attempt an install on my ultra. KC, did you All Clear your puck inside the hull? I tried to glue mine in a few weeks ago but it didn't set. I wonder if it was too hot.

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Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:34 pm

Yup I always use all clear, have tried a marrine silicone but it didn't have the flex that all clear has and came off.
All clear doesn't set hard (is always a little flex to the touch, but it should bounce back to shape.
Just make sure there are no air bubbles under it and keep a weight on it for a few days to let it set.
This time of year it may take 5 days to totally set...
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Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:34 pm

Mental wrote:Yes you could get a little in there but the opening is only about 12mm, it's not sticking up etc so wouldn't be the easiest place to get water into but not impossible, any water that did get in would quickly be expelled by simply lifting the lid, if you really wanted you could of course pump some silicone in there to seal it...
Ok , another vdumb question. Under the FF base , did you drill a hole and then use a grommett to put cables down into lid??? I cant see how you brought them up into the base unit?? :sweat: and im at that stage with my Xmas present... :lol:
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Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:33 am

DJ wrote:
Mental wrote:Yes you could get a little in there but the opening is only about 12mm, it's not sticking up etc so wouldn't be the easiest place to get water into but not impossible, any water that did get in would quickly be expelled by simply lifting the lid, if you really wanted you could of course pump some silicone in there to seal it...
Ok , another vdumb question. Under the FF base , did you drill a hole and then use a grommett to put cables down into lid??? I cant see how you brought them up into the base unit?? :sweat: and im at that stage with my Xmas present... :lol:
Did this get answered?? Cant see it anywhere.
I am getting ready to do a FF install on the New 4.3
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Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:52 am

Just a straight hole - I must have a pic somewhere...

Not a great photo but look at the lid on the left, that one was drilled for my Humminbird, you can see the four holes for the mount and then one in the center for the cables to come up through.

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Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:12 pm

Thanks Mental.
How did your 4.3 go up north????
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Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:10 pm

Yea the 4.3 went very well, shame it didn't catch any big fish though :lol:
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Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:22 pm

does a new kayak have the same rules as a new rod, the first fish always goes back?
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Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:32 pm

Well the first fish always gone back so far... :P
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