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« on: May 13, 2021, 01:43:11 PM »

Looking to get either a portable(batteries??) or battery(12V) operated that CAN be moved from boat to boat...I can mount the transducer to a board etc and clamp/attach it to the transom if needed...Just looking for YOUR ideas...I'm sure it has been done...I've never had a portable or one that wasn't permanently mounted, so new territory..Don't want one that I have to reach over and manually put in the water to check the depth each time...Thx
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2021, 06:42:34 PM »

Michael had a deep set, almost religious aversion to drilling holes in the boat. We had a Hummingbird depth finder, with a small 12V battery to power it. He clamped a board to the transom with the transducer, just as you describe, and the depth finder and battery was mounted on a board that was attached to a jon boat seat clamp. He clamped that to the seat beside him.

I don't think I have any pics of the set up, and I know where it is in the basement, but am just not into digging it out right now for a photo shoot.

Upshot is - yes, it has been done!
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2021, 07:41:06 PM »

Disclaimer.. I know nothing about this but your question caught my interest.  Looks like a neat idea and has good reviews. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016O5HR7I/?tag=bca1-20
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2021, 08:04:42 PM »

  I took a dead electric trolling motor apart and just used the transom clamp and shaft to hold the transducer, it was tiltable and extendable and we used it on rental boats in Canada plus my 14' skiff. Main unit was just on a board.
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