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

Inserting and Removing Scotty Post Holders and Mounts

Inserting and removing Scotty Post Holders and Mounts isn’t as easy as it looks. Scotty is a Canadian based company that distributes their products globally.  They concentrate on marine accessories with a heavy emphasis on mounting products. Scotty offers a component based line of mounts meaning you can purchase a base and a holder and they are all interchangeable components.  The vast majority of Scotty rod holders are post mount rod holders.  The posts have indents on them and they are inserted into the Scotty bases with a push and turn.  Or are they? Like I said at the beginning … Read more

Apple iPad Marine Mount Options for Boaters

While I haven’t seen any official statistics yet, I’m fairly certain the integration of mapping and GPS functions into tablets has likely made a dent into the sale of traditional chartplotters and marine GPS units.  Today we look at Apple iPad marine mount options for your vessel. An important decision that needs to be finalized before selecting your Apple iPad marine mount is where you wish to place the tablet.  There are mounts for almost anywhere.  You probably want to keep your Apple iPad somewhere sheltered to keep it dry.  While the mounts might be waterproof, the Apple iPad is … Read more