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    I feel pretty dumb asking this but Iíve never done it before and I gotta figure it out but , this is the fish finder that came with the boat, it was already purchased but never put on and Iíve never wired on of these bad boys up before and wanted to know the best way to go about it? Do I need to pick up some extra wiring anything like that? I know Iím probably overthinking it a lot but like I said Iím new. Iíll figure it out eventually but until then I do appreciate the help!


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    I am no expert either and it was a pretty simple process. It should have come with enough cable to run it wherever on the boat you want it. I believe the one I installed had a 25' cable with it?? Not sure on that. Are you putting on the bow of the boat or at the console?
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    Quote Originally Posted by clangford View Post
    I am no expert either and it was a pretty simple process. It should have come with enough cable to run it wherever on the boat you want it. I believe the one I installed had a 25' cable with it?? Not sure on that. Are you putting on the bow of the boat or at the console?
    I think Iím going to put this one on the console. Maybe Iíll add one to the bow one today once I get everything else figured out lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by txsuddeth View Post
    I think I’m going to put this one on the console. Maybe I’ll add one to the bow one today once I get everything else figured out lol


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    Understand. That is exactly where I would put it as well but some people are different. What about the process is intimidating you? Maybe I can offer some assistance on how I did the one I installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clangford View Post
    Understand. That is exactly where I would put it as well but some people are different. What about the process is intimidating you? Maybe I can offer some assistance on how I did the one I installed.
    Is it just as simple as running the wires to the battery to the fish finder and the same with the transducer after mounting it? Thereís wiring that is on the boat from the old fish finder but I have to figure out which ones they are exactly so Iím not cutting anything I shouldnít be... I guess just making sure I have all the wiring correct and goes where itís supposed to is my biggest thing...


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    Quote Originally Posted by txsuddeth View Post
    Is it just as simple as running the wires to the battery to the fish finder and the same with the transducer after mounting it? There’s wiring that is on the boat from the old fish finder but I have to figure out which ones they are exactly so I’m not cutting anything I shouldn’t be... I guess just making sure I have all the wiring correct and goes where it’s supposed to is my biggest thing...


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    Your on the right track for sure. If you are planning on removing the old fish finder, just trace the wires down from the old unit to the battery and remove. Same thing on the old transducer. Trace the wires from the transducer to the unit and remove. Then just neatly run the new wires and you're all set. The transducer is what I found to be the most challenging thing for me personally. I was just scared to drill holes in the boat etc. I got on Youtube and found some good videos of guys doing it all kinds of different ways and found the one that would fit my application. I want to say I was apprehensive just like yourself, but once I dove in, it wasn't bad at all and it gives you a good sense of accomplishment once you get it on the water and see that you COULD do it and you did it by YOURSELF and everything works properly as it should. The word got out that I could install things on boats and people started texting and calling me asking for help. The next week after installing the new Humminbird unit, I had a different guy ask if I could install a trolling motor on his boat. I had never done one before but again, it was just as easy as reading the instructions, tracing the old wires and removing the old trolling motor and replacing it with the new. It can be intimidating but you can do it. You sound like you over analyze things (just like me). Sometimes that's a good thing and other times we just need to jump in! Good luck with it. If I can help in any other way just let me know or send me a PM and I will do what I can to help you.

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    I would recommend avoiding using existing wire, get some good heavy gauge and wire it directly to the battery with an inline fuse........this helps greatly in reducing interference issues.

    I would also recommend getting a RAM mount, makes life so much easier with taking it on and off the boat, and/or upgrading later.
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    Usually the power wire is pretty short (4-6ft), and the transducer cable is typically much longer.

    Powering it up is simple, just power and ground. There is usually an accessory outlet or something in the console that can be used as a power source, or you can extend the wires and go right to the battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by artcarney_agr View Post
    I would recommend avoiding using existing wire, get some good heavy gauge and wire it directly to the battery with an inline fuse........this helps greatly in reducing interference issues.

    I would also recommend getting a RAM mount, makes life so much easier with taking it on and off the boat, and/or upgrading later.
    Could I use this breaker instead of inline fuse?


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    Quote Originally Posted by clangford View Post
    Your on the right track for sure. If you are planning on removing the old fish finder, just trace the wires down from the old unit to the battery and remove. Same thing on the old transducer. Trace the wires from the transducer to the unit and remove. Then just neatly run the new wires and you're all set. The transducer is what I found to be the most challenging thing for me personally. I was just scared to drill holes in the boat etc. I got on Youtube and found some good videos of guys doing it all kinds of different ways and found the one that would fit my application. I want to say I was apprehensive just like yourself, but once I dove in, it wasn't bad at all and it gives you a good sense of accomplishment once you get it on the water and see that you COULD do it and you did it by YOURSELF and everything works properly as it should. The word got out that I could install things on boats and people started texting and calling me asking for help. The next week after installing the new Humminbird unit, I had a different guy ask if I could install a trolling motor on his boat. I had never done one before but again, it was just as easy as reading the instructions, tracing the old wires and removing the old trolling motor and replacing it with the new. It can be intimidating but you can do it. You sound like you over analyze things (just like me). Sometimes that's a good thing and other times we just need to jump in! Good luck with it. If I can help in any other way just let me know or send me a PM and I will do what I can to help you.
    Thanks man! Thatís exactly what Iím going to do!


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