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Do-it-Yourself: Installing a Fishfinder on a Kayak

Check out this clean and simple way to install a fishfinder/chartplotter on a kayak.
By Mike Montgomery, Tim Clark and Tom Burden, Updated 3/26/2019
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By Mike Montgomery, Tim Clark and Tom Burden, Updated 3/26/2019
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Mike Montgomery shows us a clean and simple way to install a Lowrance Elite-5 TI fishfinder/chartplotter combo on a West Marine Pompano kayak. Using the Lowrance portable kayak kit makes for a clean installation. In this video, Mike walks through installing and sealing the track, building and installing the cell block, installing and positioning the transducer arm, installing the battery and wiring the fishfinder to the battery. With close up shots of every step of the process this video makes it easy to learn how to install a fishfinder on your kayak and gives you the power to do it your self. The installation took about four hours.

Skill Level Description
Installing the track and caulking: 2 out of 10
Assembling the Portable Kayak Transducer Kit: 5 out of 10
Electrical wiring and connections: 4 out of 10
Tools Required Shopping List
Installing the Elite-5 TI and the transducer:
  • Cordless Drill
  • Drill Bits
  • Basic screwdrivers, pliers and other common hand tools
  • Utility Knife
  • Striper/Crimper Tool
  • Metric Hex Key Wrenches