Garmin GPSMAP 276Cx Mounts for Boats, Cars and Other Places

One of the longest life Garmin model series I have seen was the old GPSMAP series from over ten years ago.  The initial marketing was for marine use.  The devices doubled as a car GPS and marine chartplotter.  Soon, they also began to show up in cars and even on handlebars.  A lot of these devices are in use today and that’s probably why they introduced the Garmin GPSMAP 276Cx.  It’s probably time for an upgrade if still using a GPS from over ten years ago so why not stick with the beloved GPSMAP series. The new Garmin GPSMAP 276Cx … Read more…

Mounts for the Garmin Striker 4 and Striker 4cv Fishfinder

The Garmin Striker 4 and Striker 4cv was recently introduced to fill the lower priced market.  When I compare the Garmin Striker 4 to what one would purchase a few years ago, it’s an amazing difference.  Much more features for the price, color screen, smaller footprint plus a way lower cost. From a pure mounting perspective, the Garmin Striker 4 and Striker 4cv are the same.  From a feature point of view, the Striker 4cv has  ClearVu technology which provides a more complete view of what’s below your boat.  The better view comes at a higher price.  If you are … Read more…

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…