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Posting SI transducer on Bass Raider #14416185 07/10/22 11:08 AM
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I bought a used side imaging unit and I’m trying to decide the best place to mount the transducer on my 8 foot bass raider. Leaning towards the trolling motor mount but it came with a kayak transducer mount already attached. Would have to drill two holes in the pond raider to make this work which I hesitate to do and I also imagine the thing would get knocked up a lot. Anybody else mount one of these on their pond boat and where did you put it?

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For some mounting ideas try www.Fishfindermounts.com Check out the GALLERY section or just talk with Wade & explain your situation and he will offer some Very good suggestions. coolio thumb


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Re: Posting SI transducer on Bass Raider [Re: BigLeslie] #14417117 07/11/22 04:19 PM
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Wow, great resource! Thanks! After digging in my closet, I found a trolling motor mount so I removed the transducer from the yak attack arm and mounted it to the Minn Kota. Mounting the head unit has been challenging, desperately want to avoid putting holes in my buster, last one I had took on water and got super heavy even when holes were patched with marine sealant. I almost went with a Ram mount and removable wood partition over the front deck I was going to build myself then saw an idea so simple it couldn’t possibly work…Velcro! Yep, some guys swear by mounting their fish finders on velcro, crazy cheap plus you can move the head unit wherever you want. Lol, this has been a fun project!

Re: Posting SI transducer on Bass Raider [Re: BigLeslie] #14423042 07/18/22 02:22 PM
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Sounds fun!

DO NOT drill holes in through that boat. Its a two piece hull and that would not work the same as kayak scupper which is molded into the hull.

But you know that... I am sharing for others



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Agree with the above. Mount it on the trolling motor or a side arm/ram mount.


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Re: Posting SI transducer on Bass Raider [Re: BigLeslie] #14424442 07/19/22 06:05 PM
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I`m sure there are any number of ways to rig up SI,DI on a Bass Raider but THIS is how I did it. [Linked Image]
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Re: Posting SI transducer on Bass Raider [Re: BigLeslie] #14426223 07/21/22 02:58 PM
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Thanks for posting, very helpful stuff! Setting up this little boat is turning into quite an adventure, will have to post final build but so far I’ve got a “custom trailer”, 2hp Honda kicker, Helix 7 SI, power pole micro, Minn Kota 30lb, LifePO4 Lithium Battery. Best part was about $1000 of that stuff was free thanks the battery that was damaged in shipping they told me just to keep and I fixed myself. And I had a ton of credit card points to cash in. But now I’m broke and it’s been too hot to even get it on the water! What else should I add or upgrade???

Re: Posting SI transducer on Bass Raider [Re: BigLeslie] #14426609 07/21/22 08:21 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS!You certainly have more than enough GOOD stuff.However I would upgrade the MK30 for a 55 lb thrust and save weight by leaving the 2hp kicker at home. I don`t know of the number of trips you can make without charge up for the PO4 battery but always carry a paddle. I ran out of battery once while up in Lacy Creek on Cedar Creek lake because I under estimated the draw my HDS unit & Troll motor had on it. Since then I`ve been using a Delco Voyager M29MF deep Cycle Marine battery that has never let me down.Good luck with your adventure Big Leslie! thumb


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Leave the kicker at home, no way! crazy My last buster I had a heavy, old 4hp and I was 100llbs fatter loved running that little motor and don’t feel like the weight (for the boat) was ever a problem. laugh trolling motor is next on my list. I used to fish Cedar Creek a lot we need to set up some buster meetups maybe even a paper fun tournament again when it cools off those were fun times back in the day!

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Originally Posted by BigLeslie
Leave the kicker at home, no way! crazy My last buster I had a heavy, old 4hp and I was 100llbs fatter loved running that little motor and don’t feel like the weight (for the boat) was ever a problem. laugh trolling motor is next on my list. I used to fish Cedar Creek a lot we need to set up some buster meetups maybe even a paper fun tournament again when it cools off those were fun times back in the day!

thumbmaybe I could stand to loose a lb or 2 roflmao


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Originally Posted by BigLeslie
Wow, great resource! Thanks! After digging in my closet, I found a trolling motor mount so I removed the transducer from the yak attack arm and mounted it to the Minn Kota. Mounting the head unit has been challenging, desperately want to avoid putting holes in my buster, last one I had took on water and got super heavy even when holes were patched with marine sealant. I almost went with a Ram mount and removable wood partition over the front deck I was going to build myself then saw an idea so simple it couldn’t possibly work…Velcro! Yep, some guys swear by mounting their fish finders on velcro, crazy cheap plus you can move the head unit wherever you want. Lol, this has been a fun project!

How about posting some photos brah! coolio

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Hey man that is one very nice setup you have there! I love my little 8' with the 87 4hp converted to 5hp Merc. It weighs in @ approx 80lbs. It helps me sit up front and use a throttle extension and net more even weight distribution. I just throttle down for turns. I do plan to setup some sort of pistol grip steering on the side like the old John boats used to have. Thing gets up on plane and goes lol. Weight distribution is key with these. I can get somewhere quicker and use a smaller batt for the trolling motor when needed to keep quiet.

It's a blast!


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Re: Posting SI transducer on Bass Raider [Re: BigLeslie] #14487917 09/25/22 06:36 PM
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Thanks! Yep it’s all about getting the weight distributed when you use an outboard with these, the little Honda I have is about the lightest one made and the battery since it’s lithium is a lot lighter still haven’t even had it on the water been too hot mainly just trying to get everything set up the way I want it. Found out I’m too old to be loading it in and out of the back of my pick up so the trailer is a huge help actually going to try to back it in and launch it like a big boat. Got the retractable tiedowns so I can secure everything and just leave it in the buster no more loading and unloading just pull it right into the boat storage at Lake Fork.

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Very Nice setup BigLeslie thumb


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