Next up on the Hobie Revolution 16 rigging list is the installation of a fish finder. I have been using a Raymarine Dragonfly 5-Pro for the last couple of years and it's great, so it was time to fit this to the Revo 16. This blog post runs through how i installed the 5-Pro using the 'Lowrance-Ready' fish finder installation system that comes as standard on the latest Hobie Kayaks.
The latest fish finders feature several sonar modes using sound waves over various frequencies, to provide the user with a very detailed image of the world beneath their craft. This information is very useful for fishing - you can select exactly where to drop your bait, or cast your lure, based on the bottom structure, bottom type and/or if there are fish showing below the kayak! Some units also include GPS chart plotters, which are great for plotting fishing hotspots, planning drifts, as well as for navigating on the water. Installing high-definition bathymetry maps to a chart plotter unit provides you with a detailed map of the seabed for easy navigation to likely looking hotspots such as reefs, drop-offs, banks and more!
I have been using a fish finder for kayak fishing for several years and they certainly help you to catch fish! It was time to install one on the Revolution 16....
Raymarine Dragonfly 5-Pro Fishfinder and Chartplotter
It was time to install this unit on the Hobie Revolution 16 using the 'Lowrance-Ready' fish finder installation system, which comes as standard on all post-2015 Hobie Kayaks.
Components for Installation
- Raymarine Dragonfly 5-Pro with CPT-DVS Transom Mount Transducer (comes as standard)
- 12V 7aH Sealed Lead Acid Battery
- Waterproof Battery Box - see here for more info
- RAM Mounts Quick Release Track Base - 1" Ball
- RAM Mounts Double Socket Arm for 1" Balls
- RAM Mounts 1" Tough Ball with M6 X 6mm Male Threaded Post
- BerleyPro Raymarine-Ready Transducer Mount
- BerleyPro Raymarine 4/5 Visor
- Hobie Thru-Hull Wiring Kit Rubber Inserts (supplied with Hobie Kayaks)
All components except the BerleyPro products were purchased at Cornwall Canoes. The BerleyPro products were sourced from limited stocks that were remaining with the ex-UK distributor. As it currently stands there is no supplier for BerleyPro products in the UK but products can be ordered from suppliers in Australia with reasonable shipping times and costs.
Installing the Dragonfly Transducer using the Lowrance-Ready System
It comes as no surprise that the 'Lowrance-Ready' scupper hole is designed to take transducers for Lowrance fish finders. Luckily the scupper hole is just big enough to fit other manufacturers transducers in too, including the Raymarine Dragonfly!
The transducer scupper is protected by a 'Lowrance-Ready' cover on the underside of the kayak....
Installing the Dragonfly Transducer using the Lowrance-Ready Plate
Installing the Dragonfly Transducer using the BerleyPro Raymarine-Ready Plate
The mount consists of a plate with bolt holes to match the Lowrance-Ready plate, along with a transducer top clamp and stainless bolts/washers/nuts to fix this in place. The mount is made from tough ABS plastic.
Installing the Cabling for the Raymarine Dragonfly
The deck seals fitted are the Hobie 3-Way Thru Hull Wiring Kits. These consist of a plastic outer housing which holds 3 rubber inserts. This is then screw mounted onto the kayak, with a rubber gasket used to seal the fitting. Here is the one located in the rear tank well of the Revo 16.
Powering the Raymarine Dragonfly 5-Pro
Mounting the Raymarine Dragonfly 5-Pro Display Unit
I have opted for using a RAM Mount fish finder mount. Ram mounts work on a ball and socket system, allowing for infinite adjustability in the positioning of the mount.
Adding a BerleyPro Visor to the Raymarine Dragonfly 5-Pro
On The Water
CHIRP Sonar and DownVision modes...