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Leaving fish finders outdoors #12892072
09/08/18 11:24 PM
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Allen, TX
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Does anyone leaves their fishfinders outside in the Texas heat? I know people install them flush mount on the console of some boats so I assume if they do outdoor storage they have to leave them on the boat. I store my boat outside under a tarp but always take my fishfinders off because I assume the heat here in Texas would not be good for them. But taking them on and off the boat every trip is a pain. Just curious what others are doing with their untis.


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Re: Leaving fish finders outdoors [Re: BSHAW27] #12892143
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Had a friend who left his boat and depth finder uncovered outside and I was amazed it worked for years with no problem. If I did it would not work for 30 minutes but his did.
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Re: Leaving fish finders outdoors [Re: BSHAW27] #12892247
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Mine stays outside 24/7. Under a boat cover and now under a carport . Never had an issue.

Re: Leaving fish finders outdoors [Re: Bobby Milam] #12893561
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Ditto with Bobby. Used to take off and messed up the connectors.

Re: Leaving fish finders outdoors [Re: BSHAW27] #12893919
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How do you secure them for possible thieves? I don’t like removing them every time, but wouldn’t want them to be easily swiped.

Re: Leaving fish finders outdoors [Re: cwil] #12894609
09/10/18 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted By: cwil
How do you secure them for possible thieves? I don’t like removing them every time, but wouldn’t want them to be easily swiped.


I am definitely concerned with this as well but figured I might leave my cheaper Helix 7 attached and take off my Helix 9 and put it in a lockable compartment on the boat. At least I wouldn't have to carry them back and forth all the time.


Fish Lavon, Lewisville, and Texoma
19' FishMaster CC with 125hp Merc
Helix 9 SI GPS & Helix 7 Chirp GPS
MK Ultrex with link
Re: Leaving fish finders outdoors [Re: BSHAW27] #12895179
09/11/18 11:25 AM
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I go out quite a bit , putting them on and taking them off cannot be good for the connections .

Re: Leaving fish finders outdoors [Re: BSHAW27] #12895205
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I rely on insurance for storing at the house. I try to not stop anywhere and leave the boat unattended. If I must go into a store for any length of time or a hotel I remove them.

Re: Leaving fish finders outdoors [Re: cwil] #12899271
09/14/18 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted By: cwil
How do you secure them for possible thieves? I don’t like removing them every time, but wouldn’t want them to be easily swiped.


I use tamper resistant cap screws for both my graph units and mounting brackets. You can order these online most anywhere. Not completely thief proof but nothing really is these days if some one wants it.

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