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Old 11-18-2016, 04:10 PM
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Default Folder transducer for rack storage - is there a better way?

Calling on THT brain trust for help! My boat is rack stored and forklift launched. I need to be able to fold up my transducer before it's retrieved by the forklift, and fold it back down after it's launched. Transducer is typical Lowrance skimmer type, and next year I'll add a second for structure scan. I rigged up a folding transducer bracket, that I could raise and lower from inside the boat. It works, but it's bit of a kluge and its detent pin sticks sometime. See photos below for details.

Does anyone have any better ideas on how to do this? (mount it on a retractable trim tab? bond it to underside of boat & run cable up? any other ideas???)

My hull is aluminum so I can't shoot it thru. No hull steps, overhangs, or jack plates to mount it under. Also I don't want to drill thru the hull. Any ideas are appreciated. Thank you!

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My boat is forklift launched - so transducer has to be folded to clear the fork tines (which move sideways to handle all boat sizes so I can't rely on a fixed transducer mount width)


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I rigged up a folding bracket. One cord unlocks a detent pin, and the other cord raises and lowers the transducer. The cam cleat holds it in the up position, and the detent pin holds it in the down position.


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The bracket is a modified Transducer Saver brand, with a detent pin from McMaster Carr and lighter spring.


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Transducer in folded-up position - for launching & rack storage use. The rope cam cleat holds it in the up position.


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Transducer in folded-down position - when boating. It's locked in place by the detent pin inside the bracket

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Old 11-18-2016, 04:32 PM
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Ironic you just posted this, I just took a call from a customer who just had his transducer torn off by a forklift driver (who blamed me, stating that I located it in the wrong spot) guess he didn't see the TotalScan transducer sticking out 12"...and didn't realize his forks move laterally outward. Not that, that's any help for you but it seems like you already have a good set up and it looks good, not like some hack job. I will check some of my catalogs and see if there's anything out there better than what you have.
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Originally Posted by mahimahi99 View Post
Not that, that's any help for you but it seems like you already have a good set up and it looks good, not like some hack job. I will check some of my catalogs and see if there's anything out there better than what you have.
Thank you! I'll assemble the steps I did as a DIY - if it's any help to anyone else.

Also it's not apparent from the photos, but the skimmer bottom is below the hull line (as per standard mounting instructions), thus vulnerable to the forklift's tines.

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Your gizmo looks pretty darn good to me. Other than the sticking pin, what would you change?

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