Fish Finder Upgrade

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Smeg
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Joined: Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:44 pm
Kayak Make: Ocean Kayak
Kayak Model: Prowler 4.3
VHF Call Sign: ZMU2462
Location: Wellington

Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:58 am

I'd really like to upgrade to a Fishfinder, GPS, Chartplotter from my little HB 550 fishfinder (with the tiny fish incons ;-)

I was looking at the Raymarine Dragonfly for around $600 but I'm a tad concerned about transducer getting caught on sand, rocks and beach while loading and unloading the yak.

Any owners of the Prowler 4.3 have some suggestions? that use the purpose built scalper for transducers? budget >$1k
PB# 57cm Snapper
PB# 54cm Trevally
PB# 59cm Kahawai
PB# 51cm John Dory

Ocean Kayak Prowler Ultra 4.3
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 Angler

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awondering
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Kayak Make: Viking
Kayak Model: Viking PF400 Custom Black
VHF Call Sign: ZMT8884
Location: Auckland
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Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:11 pm

Shoot it through hull mate

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Peace
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Kayak Make: Barracuda
Kayak Model: SOT Fishing Pro
VHF Call Sign: ZMW5048
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Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:11 pm


rainbow
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Kayak Make: OK
Kayak Model: P13
VHF Call Sign: Kayak Rainbow

Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:37 pm

Get a Lowrance Hook 5 Chart plotter the transducer of which fits the recess of the 4.3. If they still got the thread inserts all you need to do is turn the bracket around and screw it in. No need to use rod and big washer kit set. This was one of my suggestions for the design of the transducer recess. Otherwise you can drill a couple of holes and use machine bolts and nuts as well as seals. I did that to mount a Elite 4 to a Prowler 4.1. Both work and seal beautifully.

Rainbow

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Smeg
Posts: 135
Joined: Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:44 pm
Kayak Make: Ocean Kayak
Kayak Model: Prowler 4.3
VHF Call Sign: ZMU2462
Location: Wellington

Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:43 pm

That's a good price - thanks Rainbow
PB# 57cm Snapper
PB# 54cm Trevally
PB# 59cm Kahawai
PB# 51cm John Dory

Ocean Kayak Prowler Ultra 4.3
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 Angler

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