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  • #37748
    Mick Portell
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    I just purchased a new HDS unit with structure scan. I’m replacing an old black and white sonar only unit. I’m moving my console HDS unit up to the trolling motor and networking it to the structure scan and new unit I just purchased. My boat resides on a lift. I can haul a trailer up from the St. Louis area, but I’m wondering if this job can be completed easy enough keeping the boat on the lift. Does anybody have experience with this and can advise me on working on dry ground vs the lift? I appreciate the feedback.

    #37749
    Mike Koenig
    Participant

    I replaced my old unit with a DSI on my lift a year ago. It would have been easier to do on the ground but can be done. You really need to have the ability to walk around the sides of you boat to get the wiring in. And you must be comfortable working/hanging upside down while mounting the transducer on your transom. Be prepared to have extra screws, etc. as you WILL drop some!

    #37750
    Mick Portell
    Participant

    Goaltender, thanks for the feedback. It’s not the best time of year to accidentally go head first into the lake either. About how long should it take to complete this job? I’m not very tech savy, but my brother and fishing partner is an engineer. I’m hoping that after I bought the unit he’ll be able to lead the installation. Thanks.

    #37751
    Anonymous
    Guest

    I know this is not rocket science, but things break in cold weather. I know your excited to use it. I would wait for warmer weather.

    #37752
    Anonymous
    Guest

    I know this is not rocket science, but things break in cold weather. I know your excited to use it. I would wait for warmer weather.

    #37754
    Mike Koenig
    Participant

    The length of time will be determined by the cable path in the boat form the helm to the transom. When I did this in a Sea Nymph a few years back I had to unscrew the floor boards to expose the cable path. When I replaced them in my Triton last fall the factory had a raceway predetermined with a pull-string waiting for me. (Thanks and good thinking TRITON!). I’d plan on a good 2-3 hours.

    #37755
    Mike Koenig
    Participant

    The length of time will be determined by the cable path in the boat form the helm to the transom. When I did this in a Sea Nymph a few years back I had to unscrew the floor boards to expose the cable path. When I replaced them in my Triton last fall the factory had a raceway predetermined with a pull-string waiting for me. (Thanks and good thinking TRITON!). I’d plan on a good 2-3 hours.

    #37757
    Brian Hansen
    Participant

    I just bought an HDS 8 with structure scan and plan on installing it this weekend. I was wondering what you used to seal the holes for the structure scan on the back of the boat? Also, do you suggest on buying a navionics chip or is the internal GPS good enough? Thanks

    #37758
    Mick Portell
    Participant

    I’m not sure on the hole issue. I haven’t figure that out myself yet.

    My experience with the chip relates to my existing HDS 5 Gen 1 unit. That unit came on the boat I purchased. This existing unit has the lake insights, which I believe is supposed to be an enhanced version of the base HDS Gen 1 mapping. Since I can’t compare to the Gen 2 internal mapping, I can tell you that the Navionics chip does provide quite a bit better contour definition than the internal map. I feel like it was a good decision to purchase it. This is at least one novice fisherman’s perspective on the chip or no chip question.

    #37759
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Marine silicone. Get the hot spot chip for sure.

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