How to Properly Install Fish finder on Inflatable Boat?
You may enjoy fishing every now and then, and perhaps you’ve even mastered popular fishing spots in your area. But what happens when you’re fishing in a body of water you’ve never fished in before? This is where fish finders come in handy.
As the name suggests, a fish finder is a device that people use to locate fish in water. It does come in handy when you do not know where to fish. The device works by using SONAR technology. You can easily install fish finders on most boat types, but what if your boat is inflatable? Can you still use a fish finder? The answer is yes!
Types of Fish Finders
There are different types of fish finders on the market, including handheld ones and mountable ones. You won’t need to mount them for handheld fish finders because you can simply hold them in your hand. But this is not always practical because you may need both your hands to reel in fish. Handheld fish finders come with a mount that allows you to free your hands when necessary.
You will need to wire the finder to a transducer, and most types of handheld finders need to be mounted to a transom. It will be possible for you to mount the fish finder if your inflatable boat has a rigid transom. If not, it will prove to be a challenge.
DIY Mount and Transom
If your fish finder does not come with a mount, you can make one. You can opt to purchase one from a hardware store. Alternatively, you can make your own using a wooden or plastic pole, bolts, and screws. It should be easy for you to connect the mount you make or buy to the transom. You should also be able to securely mount the fish finder without causing damage to the device or the mounts.
Components of a Fish Finder
For the fish finder to work, part of it needs to be immersed in water. This device is made from different components, and you need to know them all to understand how they work.
The three main parts include;
- Connecting wires
The monitor is the part that you mount. It consists of a small LCD screen that shows a visual of where fish are. You should never submerge the monitor underwater. You will damage it. The screen can handle a few splashes of water, but that’s about it.
The transducer is the part of the fish finder that you submerge. The transducer works to use echolocation to locate where fish are. The signals the transducer sends out are bounced back to the device, showing where fish are. The transducer needs to be properly submerged into water. If this part of the fish finder is not submerged, signals will be sent through the air, thus locating nothing.
The connecting wires work fine both in and out of the water and work well as long as the connection between the monitor, and the transducer is secure.
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