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Old 04-05-2003, 05:43 AM
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I would like some opinions on where and how to mount a Fishfinder on a Dual Console. I am considering a Garmin 160 or a Eagle Fishmark 320. The best option I see so far is a RAM-111 or a RAM-B-111. I am a little concerned about how sturdy the setup will be and want to position it correctly the FIRST time, so any comments you have would be appreciated. Here's the dash. (It's a Sea Pro 195.)
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Old 04-05-2003, 08:58 AM
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Boy that's tough; not much room to work with on that pleasure boat. If you don't want any holes you could clamp to the top of the windshield frame. That way when the FF is not in use you simply take it off or you go to sell the boat there is no holes maring the beauty.

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Here's the mounting bracket I have in mind. There are two versions - a 1" ball for up to 5# and a 1.5" ball for up to 15#.

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There you go TomP, nice bracket. Maybe use some 4200 and glue the base it to the side glass (leading corner of the side glass shown in your picture)

Who's selling the bracket? How much? Thanks

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quote:Originally posted by Garett:
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Cabela's and Outdoor World have them: $30 for the 1" ball size and $40 for the 1.5". I'm considering the larger just for the added stability. I hadn't thought of gluing it to the side glass. Is there any reason not to screw it to the fiberglass (or bolt it throught to a backing plate) just below, as far forward as possible?

Here's a link to the RAM site.
http://www.ram-mount.com/marineelectronics.htm

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Im my opinion,
It's a "very" good idea to through bolt it with a backing plate.
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I am going to post my experience with the RAM mounts. My first use was a GM100 GPS. If I remember correctly, the GM100 is smaller but almost as heavy as the Garmin 160. It would hold the GPS in position except when hitting 2 foot+ chop in salt water. The other was a Lowrance LMS 350A. I had this one on a large RAM mount. Again it would hold except in 2 foot+ chop in salt water. I had a Garmin 240 mounted at the bow on a small RAM mount, but never had it there in real rough conditions. But it never moved when there.

With my new boat, I got a Garmin 176C GPS. With the Garmin mount, any light chop or idle vibration and the GPS would vibrate and be very difficult to read even though I could barely feel any vibration. I got the RAM mount for this unit and problem was solved. The GPS does not move and this is with the small RAM mount.

Now for your situation, I believe the small mount would do the job, but the large mount would give added security. From your picture, the two places I would consider would be to the right of the steering wheel to the right and above the safety cutoff swtich(on the side). The second would be the flat space between the windshield and the post to the front left of the steering wheel. The advantage of the RAM mount is the ability to reposition the unit after mounting by changing the angle of the arm and Fishfinder.

Hope this helps a little.
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quote:Originally posted by GeorgeP:
....Hope this helps a little.

Yes, it does. You're all helping me think this through. My current plan is to purchase the unit with a large RAM mount and play with mounting postions, making sure I can get a backing plate in position with a little help. (I don't know if I can buy a backing plate to fit or have to make my own.) I like the idea of repositioning the angle for viewing, but stability is certainly more important. I hope the larger RAM mount size doesn't constrain my options.
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Old 07-02-2003, 04:55 PM
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Here's what I ended up doing. I have three thru-bolts with 1-inch washers as backing plates. It seems to be very sturdy. The voltage meter is partially blocked from view, but I can display the voltage on the FF. I'm pleased with the results. Thanks for the help.


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Nice Job.

By playing with the RAM shaft you should be able to move the display to the right a little further and be able to keep the display level. I have a New Garmin 176C GPS and was not real happy until I fired the Garmin mount and replaced it with a RAM mount for it.
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