Lowrance Mark-5x into Cobra Marauder

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glenno
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Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:20 am

It's been a Good Friday! :lol: Whadaya mean someone's already got that one!
Anyway, today was the final push to install my fish finder (too windy out on the lake). Various parts of the project have been coming along from different directions at varying speeds....with fairly well everything I've done coming from ideas and discussions from this site. Thank you to all who contributed, even if you don't know it! I settled on a Lowrance Mark-5x after reading "Resolution, then colour, then chart". Don't need charts, and don't need a FF that breaks the bank...Mark-5x it is! (480 x 480 resolution). Next - shopping trip to get a cable gland, fuse holder, connector, battery and stainless bolts/nuts/washers. I decided that the screen was going on the hatch cover. The logical "nice place" would have been on the dash board, but I realised I can't reach that easily! So I decided on a hatch-cover mount. On the Marauder the original cover is about as good as a piece of gladwrap in the same place. After a couple of phone-calls I found Supply Services in Mount Maunganui who sold me a piece of cut-to-size HDPE cutting board. Good service, perfect sizing, delivered in a flash...and nice people to deal with. This stuff's not cheap, however it's built to last. It's quite heavy too. I've added over half a kilogram, FF included.
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Virgin HDPE
Next: Into the machine shop at work (at night!) to test my limited milling-machine skills. A couple of hours, and I was into it. Man, this plastic is so nice to play with.
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Drilling
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Milling - Bit close to that hole, son!
Haven't had much time on a soldering iron lately either. Got all the electrons travelling in the same direction eventually. Then, down town to buy a clickclack container...another great idea from the forum. And nearly half price on special too!!! Won't be taking it back if it doesn't work though...I drilled it to take the volts cable.
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Bit of packing from work to keep the battery cosy.
Next, threading cables, up through the scupper hole, and bolting the transducer into place. By the way, the bracket that came with the Lowrance fitted into the inserts perfectly :whew:
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Picture is deceiving. The trannie sits inside cavity (just!)
Last check that it actually works. And it's about here that I admit it took three goes to get everything in the right order. Forgot the click clack lid the first time! etc,....
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I really hope this works!
Then it was a matter of slowly pulling everything into line, tightening the cable gland, bolting up the FF bracket, putting the battery box in place and kind of tidying up. It's not completely finished. I've got some stick-on foam to get a seal around the lid, however I might hinge the hatch cover yet, if I can find appropriate hinging...so the foam can wait, for now.
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The clickclack box is a perfect fit!!
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Look at THAT!!!
And finally..still pinching ideas!! :rock: You can see in the last pic, I have a bit of loose cable between the scupper and the FF bracket/cable gland. Has anybody got any ideas for fixing it ...probably up out of the foot well, and probably not permanently fixed to the hatch cover. Some small clips that the cable can be slipped out of easily would be the go. Anybody seen something like that??
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Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:33 am

Very slick.

Have you got enough meat left in the side of the lid to mill a slot that the cable can friction fit into?
Or possibly run cable down through front scupper and under hull?
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Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:44 am

very nice install..i had very good screen resuilts with with my mark 5x :y:...

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Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:15 am

Looks like a beautiful job! Well done :y:

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Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:35 pm

Nice and tidy, I was too lazy to make my own board...lol
well done

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Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:21 pm

Very slick !!
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Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:02 am

Very Nice 8)
Man I wish I had access to a milling machine and was competent enough to make things like this!
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Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:29 am

Very slick and nicely done :y:
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Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:18 am

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Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:58 pm

Very nice tidy job :y: :y:

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Wed May 09, 2012 9:19 pm

Wow. I'm impressed. I've also got a marauder and at some point will install a fish finder. A couple of questions. Do you think I could do what you've done to that plastic cover with a router? And have you hinged it or secured it in any way? And is it waterproof? Thanks

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glenno
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Thu May 10, 2012 10:20 pm

Fritter, you'd need the board to be rock-sold anchored, unable to move in any way, and be able to hold the router very firmly. Personally, I think it's a big ask. If you do give it a go, make sure your cutting tool/bit is razor sharp, to cut down as much drag as poss. Hinged?? I have a loop of bungy around the existing anchor buttons, and over the lid. Doesn't seem necessary to hinge it. I do have some stick-on foam to stick in the channel, but even that seems unnecessary. As a lid it keeps things waterproof, but it must be remembered, being on Lake Taupo I'm not chugging out through waves...although I do end up in some short sharp chop from time to time.
The Edge... there is no easy way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over it.

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Fri May 11, 2012 7:53 pm

Thanks Glenno.

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