Tube-mounted fishfinders

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    Thanks for the informative and helpful post to both Greg and LCnSAC! How do you power the RF35 and what kind of user time do you get? Duane J
     
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    The RF35 wrist unit is powered by a replaceable watch battery. They are about 2 for $5 and readily available. The transducer has a non-replaceable battery and must be replaced about every 500 hours of use. The cost is about $25 and depending on your use, you will need to replace it every 2-4 years. My 2007 transducer is still OK but I'm going to replace it anyway as it's time.

    As mentioned, another option is the Humminbird Fishin' Buddy 120 which people seem to like. The FB 120 runs about $165.

    The problem is mounting to a pontoon as the included clamp down holder needs some mods for frameless pontoons. It's not difficult but won't work out of the box.
     
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    I've got the Fishin' Buddy and am really happy with it.

    I've thought about getting this mount for my float tube:
    http://amzn.com/B0012IVHA6
    It'd probably work just as well on a pontoon, though I've not actually seen it myself in person to speak on the quality of the mount.
     
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    They work great on any inflatable. Only thing I don't like is they don't swivel. You have to pull the fish finder out when coming to shore.
    I have an older FB mount that was literally just a big PVC pipe with a strap mounted. Same thing sort of, but easy to make.
     
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    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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    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.