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 Posted: Wed Jan 8th, 2020 10:13 am
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Good day all,

Can anyone advise on the best way to fit a Lowrance 83/200 transducer to a Fluid Buddy Angler kayak please.

I have looked at Ram mounts these are pricey, I am not sure of the shape of the kayak body for a proper scupper mount and have had some guys tell me the plastic is too thick to do a in hull mount.

Please can anyone assist me

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 Posted: Thu Jan 9th, 2020 02:49 pm
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I don't think a through hull is the problem.
its getting epoxy to keep sticking to plastic, which it will not do.
the risk is also air bubbles which will be a problem.
I do not know if silicone will work.

fishtec use to be here on sl.
he is on facbook.
and im sure he can assist with better advise

remember what you are using the fish finder for!!!!

1st bottom , how deep am I fishing?
2nd structure, is there any around?
3rd bait, locating bait is what you will need it for.
4th water temp
5th speed you moving about.
6th possibly looking for a thermocline.

nothing more that you will be using it for on a kayak/ ski

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 Posted: Thu Jan 9th, 2020 06:33 pm
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Dont know about a buddy but fitted to other plastics before no issues, the temperature wont be accurate but the picture is 100% fine...Use silicon, works just fine, you have to make sure there are no air bubbles trapped between the transducer and silicon or silicon and hull otherwise works just fine..

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Hi

You spot on with that comment Pottie, also just the odd mark or two on grounds fished before, but the guys are more likely to give up theirs mom's secret recipes than sharing those marks. when a kayak gets stolen you are likely to get the ski back without marks on the finder.:hyst:

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We have used Sicaflex,(Builders warehouse on the shelf) and yes just make sure there is no bubbles, and worked well for all the uses as Pottie explained.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 14th, 2020 06:44 pm
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Robr wrote:
Good day all,

Can anyone advise on the best way to fit a Lowrance 83/200 transducer to a Fluid Buddy Angler kayak please.

I have looked at Ram mounts these are pricey, I am not sure of the shape of the kayak body for a proper scupper mount and have had some guys tell me the plastic is too thick to do a in hull mount.

Please can anyone assist me



Suction Cup is the only way. I had same kayak . My fish finder Hummingbird came with suction cup transducer . Easy mount , adjust and removal.
Kayak is polyethylene and nothing sticks to it. Stay away from making any holes .

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 Posted: Tue Jan 14th, 2020 08:12 pm
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Sikaflex sticks..I used some black automotive silicon, also worked..suction cup not sound like bad idea?

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 Posted: Thu Jan 16th, 2020 08:23 am
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Dr halibut hoffman wrote: Sikaflex sticks..I used some black automotive silicon, also worked..suction cup not sound like bad idea?
Sikaflex sticks to polyethelene? Not

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 Posted: Thu Jan 16th, 2020 09:08 am
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I had fluid buddy and chumani . Regardless that Sika or a silicon wont hold much on that material . You don't want anything permanently mounted below water line on kayak as you will rip it in no time.
I use to remove transducer prior of landing at bank. I also did not like idea of having fish finder screen bolted as it will get damaged .  

Ideal unit is Hummingbird Piranha max 215 - it works of 10 rechargeable AA batteries mounted in a base that has rubber cushion underneath and it came with suction cup transducer . I steel have it - will sell for R 800

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 Posted: Thu Jan 16th, 2020 12:30 pm
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maybe my kayak a different plastic but assume PE? Did my rod holders with them still seems to be sealed although they are bolted down as well? But ja nothing much sticks to the stuff..maybe Im wrong?

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