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    Installing a bow mount Fish Finder
from Gary Barrentine (205.230.107.74)  
6/3/1999 5:10:00 PM

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 I have purchased a 2nd fish finder for my boat. I would like to mount this FF on the bow of my boat. The boat is a Tracker 165. Does anyone have any cable routing advise. I plan on getting the power from the electric bus in the console area. The tranducer will be mounted to the trolling motor.

Thanks in Advance.


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   Bow mount from Jim (209.86.144.189)  6/3/1999 11:20:00 PM
 Gary, you shouldn't have to run wire to the console. You should have at least one set of positive and negative wires already run to the bow. There should be a panel where your trolling motor plug-in is mounted. Remove that panel and look behind it. Just about all bass boats for the last 20 years have been pre-wired at the factory for bow-mounted electronics so that you don't have to. Once you find the pair or wires, you can tap into them and you will be all set. One note: although you can used the trolling motor wires to provide power to the fish finder, it's not such a good idea because it will generally cause interference. Good luck. Jim
   Trolling motor transducers from Jamey Starke (152.163.197.186)  6/4/1999 9:14:00 PM
 Hey Gary, Jim took care of all of the electrical connections at the bow panel. One other note: Don't do what I did! When I installed my new bow mount fishfinder and trolling motor transducer, I didn't think about the transducer cable. I didn't route the cable properly around my sissors mount, hence, on my first trip out with my new fishfinder, my cable was cut by my gatormount. Man, was I pissed! Well, on my first trip out I broke my finder and had to pay 50.00 to get a new transducer from Humminbird. I hope other fisherman haven't had this problem. Jamey
   Thanks from Gary Barrentine (205.230.107.57)  6/5/1999 10:43:00 PM
 Thanks for the help. I pulled the front casting deck, and found the bow electric connections. After doing that, I found a good mounting spot for the unit. Hooked up power and the unit came one. Put the trasducer in a five gallon bucked with sand in the bottem to make sure it registed bottem.

Jamey, routing was a major concern for me. I made sure the transducer cabling di not bind on the TM shaft, and was outside the sissors action of the TM mount and routed into the casting deck through a gromet.

Thank again, testing sunday 6/6/99

   Works for Me from FrankP (209.16.255.106)  6/6/1999 12:18:00 PM
 On my last three boats, I have taped into the bow light for power to my front unit. Thus, if I forget to turn the unit off when I go back to the drivers seat I can switch the bow light off from the console and shut the locator off. This can save time for the unit to find bottom when it goes to large numbers when the transducer is shooting through air. I also but a small loop in the transducer cable so the trolling motors can turn freely and not stretch the transducer cable.

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