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fishfinder/chartplotter installation

hey everyone, I just bought a lowrance hook 4 to replace my hummingbird fishfinder, but the base is bigger than on the humminbird so my rack does not work for it, I need ideas on where and how to install it on a small 23ft trailer sailer, it used to be installed on top of the companionway on a wood rack which also holds my compass, any ideas will be appreciated
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Re: fishfinder/chartplotter installation

Hah! I ordered the Hook 4, it delivers on Friday.

If you come up with a good way to mount it please post, I'll be looking for ideas for my 22ft boat.

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Re: fishfinder/chartplotter installation

If you want a really slick installation, you could get their flush mount kit, and cut a hole in your bulkhead. Or, get a swing arm that is mounted inside the cabin, and swings out into view in the companionway. On my C22, I made a board the same shape as the first companionway slide board, and attached my compass, a slot for my hand held GPS, and a cup holder.
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so far I'm leaning towards a diy approach, but I do like the idea of the flush mount, just have to figure out if it will be feasible on my cabin wall
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Re: fishfinder/chartplotter installation

One advantage to locating in a companion way board, is that it's less likely to have somebody obscuring it.
I have a nice 12" MFD on my bulkhead and a pair of Graphical displays and all too often there's a body leaning on them.
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Re: fishfinder/chartplotter installation

I wondered about that, plus I like to use the cabin wall as a backrest and lounge facing aft, flush mount would take one backrest away
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Re: fishfinder/chartplotter installation

One advantage of having instruments mounted on a replacement hatch board, is that in rough conditions or rain you can put the rest of the hatch boards back in, and still see the instruments.

Another idea would be to make a lexan hatch board replacement where you could see the arm mounted instrument that is inside the cabin, from the outside. Would also get a little more light inside the cabin.

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Re: fishfinder/chartplotter installation

I use a ball/ram-mount for my HDS-7, which is very sturdy and convenient. I mounted it at the helm station.

RAM MOUNTS Standard Length Double Socket Arm for 1.5" Balls | West Marine

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Re: fishfinder/chartplotter installation

That is what I have mounted just inside the companionway. Very sturdy.

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