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i just got a new kick boat (thanks bill) and am getting a new fish finder for it and i would like to get some info on how to mount one on there. its a fishcat 9. i have looked on the bass-n-tubes site but i would love some more info on how this can be done.
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 Congrats on getting the boat.

   There are many ways you can do it. I have mine mounted to a cutting board (thanks AC for the idea) with my batteries mounted on the back deck. My transducer is mounted to 3/4 inch pvc. which i can fold up under my seat so i dont take it out on rocks or the ramp. I will take a few pics for you later today and post them.

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sweet thanks.

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Mine is mounted pretty similar to what D.J. is doing.  I used a piece of scrap plexiglas as a mounting bracket.  It's easy to cut and drill and the price was right.  I mounted that to a ram mount that clamps to one of the tube.  Easy to move and take off that way.

The transducer is mounted using PVC pipe.  Like D.J., I've got it set up so that it pivots.  Useful for shallow water and launching so that you don't destroy the transducer.  I'm using a AA battery pack that I just stuff in a side pocket.  If your interested in any pictures, let me know and I'll either post or e-mail to you.
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I've got a few ideas that are different than DJ's or AC's. I looked at Outcast fishcat 9 pictures and see a similarity to my Outcast PAC800. The metal piece that the oar lock mounts into looks circular where mine are straight so my ideas may have to be modified. I'm not sure that Outcast website shows your vintage of pontoon boat.
I first mounted the bracket to hold the display on a piece of plexiglass. This plexiglass was filed down to mount inside a 1 1/4 inch PVC tee. The plexiglass piece was then glued inside the tee and also held with screws passing through the tee and into the plexiglass.
The PVC tee is cut lengthwise down both sides and held onto the boat oar support with hose clamps allowing placement at a good viewing angle.
The transducer is mounted at the bottom of a piece of 3/4 inch PVC pipe. I mounted a piece of 1 inch aluminum to a boat seat frame piece and mounted two hose clamps with knob adjustments to the aluminum piece. This way I can raise or lower the transducer to prevent scraping on ramps or weeds.
I'll try to attach some pictures to illustrate what I tried to describe in words.

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Mine is mounted pretty similar to what D.J. is doing.  I used a piece of scrap plexiglas as a mounting bracket.  It's easy to cut and drill and the price was right.  I mounted that to a ram mount that clamps to one of the tube.  Easy to move and take off that way.

The transducer is mounted using PVC pipe.  Like D.J., I've got it set up so that it pivots.  Useful for shallow water and launching so that you don't destroy the transducer.  I'm using a AA battery pack that I just stuff in a side pocket.  If your interested in any pictures, let me know and I'll either post or e-mail to you.


sure ill take some pics anything helps, you can either post them here or just pm me. thanks for the info guys.

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The image named fish finder shows the fish finder mounted on my kickboat.  The fish finder mount photo shows the ram mount which is attached to one of the tubes.  You can also see the plexiglass bracket hooking it up to the finder.

The transducer is attached to a piece of threaded pvc pipe (see transducer2 photo).  I screw this onto a threaded 90 degree pvc elbow which is shown on the transducer mount photo.  This allows the transducer to pivot back and forth to get it out of the way when in shallow water.

You've probably already figured this out, but take some time to find out where you want to mount the finder.  I've already decided that when I have some free time, I'm going to switch mine to the other side.  I cast right handed and having the finder mounted on the right sometimes interferes with my casting.

good luck with your project,

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the only problem i have is the rail/pole under my pontoon that i would attatch the pvc pipe to is not round like your but is square so i dot know how to connect my transducer.

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Did you look under the boat? Did you see a brass all thread?


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ya i did.

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the only problem i have is the rail/pole under my pontoon that i would attatch the pvc pipe to is not round like your but is square so i dot know how to connect my transducer.

How about using a pair of hoseclamps?  Depending upon the rail size, you might be able to get a threaded coupler and cut it longwise so that it fits over the rail.  The hoseclamps would hold it in place.  Alternatively,  you could take a piece of threaded pvc pipe about 4" long and put a 90 degree elbow on it.  Use a couple of zip ties or hose clamps to secure it to your rail and then put another piece of pvc onto the elbow to hold your transducer.

In case you haven't noticed, I'm a big fan of pvc.  It's cheap, easy to cut and readily available.  The cheap part is a real important one for me since I seem to measure once, cut twice a bit too often
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Look at Walts 3rd pic. Right where that little yellow thing is, if you drill a hole in the pipe to run the brass bolt through, it will then rotate left to right to pull it up out of the water.


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oh alright got it. now i need to get some pvc.

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