Tube-mounted fishfinders

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by Guy Gregory, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. LCnSac

    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    I've thought about getting this mount for my float tube:

    Don't do it, you'll hate it. It moves around too much. I can describe what I did with the clamp later if you like, but a PVC sleeve is probably the best solution.
     
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    Big PVC pipe, cut two slits in the side big enough to put a nylon strap through like a belt loop ( bigger/wider nylon strap, the better like 4" wide). Thread the strap through and around the tube. Quick clips come in all sizes and they are the way to go. Whole thing could cost maybe $6.00
     
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    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    The PVC solution, as Blue described is better than the Amazon device which is not acceptable. The other is what I did, although it's a bit cumbersome. Cut a piece of wood about 6" long by an inch deep and put it in the clamp. Then cut two V slots about 2" apart. Using bungees (for a float tube ) just run the bungees over and into the notches and around the tube and it works OK. If you're motoring or moving faster than fin speed you should use straps. That system works too.
     
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    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    Or, you can do this with bungees or Blue's fancy straps ;-)

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    That thing had to be expensive.
     
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    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    The clamp comes (or at least came) with the Fishin' Buddy so nope :) I just now sold mine. Either I rig up my pretty large Lowrance chartplotter/finder or sell it and get something else smaller to use when I'm not fishing commando. For those times the RF35 is fine.
     
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    Cool, thanks for all the info. I'll probably go the PVC route, it seems really straightforward, and then I can leave the Fishin' Buddy clamp in the drift boat where I'm less likely to lose it. :)
     
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    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    The only challenge with the PVC is the tapered neck on the FB. You might have to insert a smaller diameter PVC piece into the large piece, or build a closed foam sleeve to keep it in tight.

    I bookmarked Blue's strap and buckle links in post #24. Another great resource list from her.
     
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    I'll play around with it. Maybe some kind of reducer fitting. I've had pretty good luck in the past shaping PVC pipe with a heat gun, too, so perhaps I may have some success going that route.
     
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    I just went with the PVC big enough that maybe an inch of the top portion sat in it. Just enough that it doesn't wiggle too much. It is mounted to the side of the tube/toon, so it is sitting lower. You only need the transducer in at least an inch of water. Of course more is nice with moving and waves.


    I tried to google a picture and found this:

    http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/prod...056&type=product&WT.tsrc=CRR&WT.mc_id=crrdtfd

    Very similar and a lot cheaper...this could be an option.
     
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    How are the Scotty rod holders mounted to your pontoons?
     
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    Float Tube Fanatics has a great product. It is made for smaller fish finders like those made by Humminbird, Lowrance, Eagle, and Garmin. It even works with larger fish finders like my Eagle 320*320. I use it on my Scadden Renegade. Just Google floattubefanatics.

    Panther
     
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    That is a wicked sweet set up. I eyeballed that about 4 months ago, but mine works:)
     

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