Installing Sirius XM Radio on a Boat

Entertainment on a boat is an absolute necessity.  Some like the serene quietness on the water but not me.  Turn up the music.  Hence, our article on installing Sirius XM Radio on a boat. Installing Sirius XM Radio on a boat has unique challenges versus an everyday car installation.  The mount also needs to remain stable and remain unaffected by extreme vibrations and bumps.  It’s easy to install the antenna on a car.  Just pop it on your roof and let the wire in through your side window.  That’s not going to work well on a boat.  Same concern with power. … Read more…

Phone Mounts for Boats and Marine Applications

Phone mounts for boats and marine applications is a topic I thought would be appropriate now that the warm months have arrived here in New Jersey.  The idea for this article came from a friend that was telling me the story of how he had an iPhone stuck in his shirt pocket and bent over the side of the boat to bring in a fish and you can guess what happened next.  That’s right, his iPhone is now at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.  He admitted to me that was one of the dumbest things he has ever done … Read more…

Humminbird Helix 5 Fishfinder Mount Options

We haven’t written a lot about Humminbird products.  After taking a look at the Humminbird Helix 5 DI GPS, as well as the Helix 7 series of fishfinders, you will likely see a lot more articles about this brand.  The Humminbird Helix 5 is the entry-level of the Helix line of fishfinders.  The Helix 5 SI GPS sports a 5″ display with a backlight.  The fishfinder features down imaging with a dual beam sonar and built-in UniMap cartography.  An unusual feature is the presence of a micro SD card slot for optional maps or saving waypoints.  Humminbird gives Garmin and Lowrance a good run for … Read more…

Lowrance Elite Fishfinder Mounting Options

The Lowrance Elite Series includes several versions of the lower cost Elite-4 as well as the more expensive and feature rich Elite-5.  In 2013, Lowrance then introduced the larger Elite-7.  Then in 2015, Lowrance came out with the Elite-3X.  While we aren’t Fishfinder experts, we are pretty good at mounts, so that’s what we will write about today.  We have found that the plastic mount included with the units leaves a bit to be desired.  Fortunately there are some nice new alternatives constructed of metal and heavy plastic.  Depending upon the manufacturer, some also come with a lifetime warranty. The … Read more…

Kayak Track Mount Systems for Rod Holders and Transducers

Kayak track mount systems are a fairly recent introduction to the marine community.  Kayak track mount systems are useful for mounting fishing gear such as a rod holder, transducer arms, or even electronics.  There are two main advantages to kayak track mount systems.  First is ease of installation.  Tracks are attached to the top side of the kayak.  Accessories like rod holders are then attached easily to the kayak.  The second advantage is ease of adjustment.  If you install a long track, the rod holder, transducer arm, or electronic accessory can be mounted anywhere along the full length of the … Read more…

Help My Scotty Mount is Too Short

If you are reading this article, you likely already own a Scotty Mount or Rod Holder.  As you may have already realized, the mount is modular and there is a tremendous amount of flexibility with these configurations.  You may have purchased your mount as part of a kit which included a base and a custom rod or accessory holder with a post on the bottom.  After installing it on your vessel, you realized that it isn’t as tall as it may have looked in the photo. Fortunately the people at Scotty already thought about this and have come up with … Read more…