Mounts for the Garmin Striker 7 Fishfinder

Two Garmin Striker 7 models were recently introduced to fill the mid-tier market.  When I compare the Garmin Striker 7 to what one would purchase a few years ago, there are a slew of improvements in mapping features, color display and transducers. There are two models for this series.  From a pure mounting perspective, the Garmin Striker 7sv and Striker 7cv are the same.  Any mount that fits one model, will fit the other. Installation typically requires use of two cables.  One for power.  The second for a transducer.  It’s worth noting that the transducer is included with the Garmin Striker 7sv and Striker 7cv. … Read more

Raymarine Dragonfly 4 and 5 Chartplotter and Sonar Marine Mounts

The Raymarine Dragonfly 4 and Dragonfly 5 sonar and GPS chartplotters are good devices that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on.  Heck, you don’t need to spend more than a few hundred on them.  These are solidly made featuring a 4 or 5 inch diagonal display with all the mainstream features that one typically needs. Since this is a site about mounts versus chartplotters, we won’t go into the technical specifications of the Raymarine Dragonfly 4 and 5.  However, we will go into depth regarding how to mount these devices. The Raymarine Dragonfly 4 and 5 share the same mount … 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

Security Screws for Locking Tablet, Radio and Marine Mounts

The introduction of tablet technology, especially expensive tablets technology has led to the need for locking tablet mounts.  These mounts include a locking cradle to keep your tablet firmly in place.  The locking cradle is typically coupled with a flat surface mount that is screwed or bolted down.  Then you just need to worry about a thief armed with a screwdriver.  However, if you use security screws, you don’t need to worry as much. There are many applications and devices that benefit from the inclusion of security screws.  The expensive locking tablet mount is one.  Ham Radios are another device where … 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

Transducer Mounts

Mounting a transducer properly is critically important to optimal usage.  You will want to be sure the transducer is installed at the waterline.  The more air between your transducer and the water, the less effective it will be in detecting what’s below your boat. Most transducers come with a basic mounting kit.  The majority of transducers sold include a transom mounting kit which is used to attach the device to the back of the boat.  Typically, these are the easiest to install and remove.  These are the best for most trailered boats.  This requires drilling some holes in your boat … Read more