Things you will need:
1. Fish Finder with transducer and a mount for the display unit
2. Marine Goop, or similar marine silicone based sealant
3. Battery holder for 8 AA batteries
4. 9volt snap to connect the battery holder to the power leads of the fish finder
5. Tools (whatever you need to make it happen)
The install was quick. The marine silicone had to cure for 24 hours, but the actual install was quick. It did take a lot of planning and reading on my part. I was undecided on the best place to put the stupid thing. I fish solo most of the time and that placement was easy. I do fish with 2 in the canoe sometimes, so my install needed to move the display unit around a bit to make that work. I decided to leave a bit of extra cable to mount the display towards the back when I have 2 in the boat. When I am solo, I sit in the middle seat and the display goes right behind the front seat.
1. Get your materials.
|8 AA Battery Holder|
|9volt Battery Snap Lead|
|Find A Fish Finder On Amazon|
2. Wire up your power and make sure the fish finder is going to work. My unit worked on 8 AA's for 5 hours this last trip. I didn't turn it off once! You are going to need a dry bag or something to keep your batteries dry while on the water.
Battery Holder from Amazon
9volt Snap from Amazon
|transducer thru-hull in the Mad River Canoe.|
|Fish Finder in Mad River Canoe|
5. Run your wires. Keep them out of the way of your feet. You are also going to have to travel with the canoe. "batten down the hatches!" You don't want 15ft of fish finder cable flying out behind your car driving down the road! I used zip strips.
I was very skeptical of this kind of installation. I didn't think it was going to work, but it did. Works like a champ. The install is portable (except for the transducer). Easy to install. I didn't want the transducer outside of the canoe. It would get caught up and damaged while loading up the boat and traveling. I also didn't want a clamp on model. that would get in the way of paddling and fishing. It would also slow the boat down. I highly recommend this thru-hull fish finder installation on a Mad River Passage 14 canoe.
Hope this helps. Be creative and cheap! Do what works best for you.