Re: Fishfinder...portable or no-portable...?

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Posted by jas on January 14, 2002 at 14:52:15:

In Reply to: Re: Fishfinder...portable or no-portable...? posted by Pt.Dume Andy on January 14, 2002 at 14:24:02:

Point Dume nailed the pluses of having a portable.

If you're not planning on using a different yak for a while, I'd go permanent. The fishfinder detaches from the base anyway. So you can, if worse came to worse, purchase another mount for a different kayak and as well, a transducer. I guess it also depends on what type of kayak you have. I've seen a few people juggle/shuffle their portable around while their out on the H20. To me, it looks like more stuff that's either not tied down, or just not very stable. I've seen people leave their hatch cover open just to use it. I surely don't like leaving the hatch open while I'm out there.
If you go portable, find a convenient way to latch it down on your kayak while you're out there.
The downside to non portable might be also that you have to make a hole for the cables. The hole can be patched later since it only has to be penny size at the most. The screw holes are no problem to fix.
Tip: I mounted my base to the compass mount on my scupper. I screwed the base into the kayak, and then into a small section of treated wood. The wood takes the load off of the thin plastic. It acts like a brace/support. Mount-----kayak-----wood-----bolts.

Good luck!!!

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