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I can do work on a boat, too. Albeit my skills are far below those of hobiecat... I bought my boat without electronics because I figured I could save hundreds of dollars. I was looking at $1,200 for a modest fish finder and $400 for a sub-par battery charger. I got a better charger and a slightly lesser fish finder for $800. I picked up the boat Friday afternoon and drove through a snow storm on I-76.

I didn't go to work on it until Saturday evening because:
1. I hosted a mini homecoming party for the boat Friday night. It turned out well because my friend gifted me a fish finder that probably costs over $2K. :thumb:
2. I procrastinated most of Saturday because I knew working on the boat would not be fun. There was always something that had to be done right this moment, before I get to work on the boat. Like checking fishing websites and such... And check those websites again because someone might have posted something new in the last few seconds... ;D

Anyway, after 1 trip to Cabelas, 1 trip to Ace Hardware store, 1 trip to Autozone, 1 trip to O'Reilly, 3 trips to Walmart, and countless hours of hard labor, I finally got it done.

I just need to figure out how to turn my 4 pin trailer connector into a 5 pin connector now... I have an adapter on order. It should be an easy job for someone who knows what they are doing, but it will probably take my a few trips to some stores and countless hours of additional labor. :biggrin1:
 

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Nice work! You're right. Those jobs are never fun, but they are rewarding when you're finished. Congrats on the new boat!
 

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Nice work! You're right. Those jobs are never fun, but they are rewarding when you're finished. Congrats on the new boat!
Thanks! Apparently, I don't know how to post pictures on this website anymore...
 

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Guess your friend wants to go fishing! :thumb:
He does. But he has his own boat that costs more than twice what mine cost.
It's more like he already has too many fish finders on his boat, including a 16er, a couple of 12er, another 9er that he is also trying to get rid off. And he probably figures we could use a second screen on the bow when we do take my boat out rather than his...
 

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Nice work on the boat. You also have a very nice friend.

My "project boat" is still sitting on the side of the house with very little project completion. Probably going to sell it in a few weeks as is since I bought a nicer boat for my dad to use.

Oh, and for photos, by far the easiest way is to use your mobile device and tapatalk. Can post straight from there.
 

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Nice work on the boat. You also have a very nice friend.

My "project boat" is still sitting on the side of the house with very little project completion. Probably going to sell it in a few weeks as is since I bought a nicer boat for my dad to use.

Oh, and for photos, by far the easiest way is to use your mobile device and tapatalk. Can post straight from there.
Thanks. I'll have to try the mobile phone option for pictures.
 

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I just realized that the picture of my sonar has the GPS coordinates of one of the lakes I might fish soon! One of the things I had to look up while I was working on my boat... ;D The GPS coords are a freebee to my fellow CF members! They do not mark a particular hot spot on the lake anyway. At least I don't think so. :biggrin1:
 

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Very Nice AO! I'm sure you're selling your skills short.
If anything he exaggerated them :thumb:
Somewhere in the middle. ;D Obviously, someone who knows what he's doing would not have to make so many trips to so many stores. He would probably already have everything at home. Couple of the mistakes I made:

1. The transducer mounting plate was mounted too low (I ended having to mount the transducer toward the top portion of the plate).
2. I used a metallic wrench to take off the nuts on the battery terminals. At one point, one end of the wrench touched the negative terminal of one of the batteries while the other end touched the positive terminal of the second battery. Got a little burn on my hand... I used the tape you see in one of the picture to add some insulation to the handle of my wrench after that. That wrench is going to stay on the boat.

Other than that, it was just a bunch of time wasted due to trial and error... And needing to go to the store to buy one more thing...
 

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Seems pretty minor to me. I'm pretty sure every boat own is guilty of your second "mistake".

One thing I always run up against when installing transducers is placing it so that it is in the water when on full plane. I've had bad experiences where everything works great until I don't get a reading when I'm running across a lake.
 

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Seems pretty minor to me. I'm pretty sure every boat own is guilty of your second "mistake".

One thing I always run up against when installing transducers is placing it so that it is in the water when on full plane. I've had bad experiences where everything works great until I don't get a reading when I'm running across a lake.
I have only installed a transducer once before. I could not get it to read when the biat was on a plane either, but I simply assumed that those things just don't work when your boat is on a plane. I actually did some research online this time around, and people are saying that it can be done. The good thing is that I mounted a transducer mounting plate before I mounted the transducer, so I probably won't have to drill additional holes in the transom to move the transducer around. Then again, I'll probably just end up concluding that the additional work is not worth the benefit... ;D
 

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Getting the transducer to work on plane is a pain! For some reason on my present boat, the old HDS 5 worked fine at full speed. My Elite 7 not so much. Basically same transducer in same spot. Dont know-

I think it has to do with turbulent flow under the hull.

Lets see a pic of the entire boat!
 

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The way I understand it is the signal can be lost due to air bubbles created from rivets or the chines on the boat when on plane. It can be a PITA to find the perfect mount location.
 

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