The Raymarine Dragonfly 5 Pro
CHIRP sonar uses a pulse of sonar at a range of frequencies to provide greater resolution of objects and the seabed beneath the kayak. It provides greater target separation meaning that it is easier to distinguish between individual fish, between large fish and baitfish and between fish and the seabed. DownVision Imaging uses higher frequencies to provide greater resolution of the seabed structure. When used in combination, and viewed side-by-side on the screen you can get a very good idea of what is going on beneath the kayak.
The Dragonfly 5 Pro offers full GPS Chart Plotter functionality allowing you to plot productive marks and drifts, or mark fishy-looking features so that you can return time and time again. GPS provides your vessel speed, vessel heading and allows you to set routes to and from waypoints for easy navigation. As standard you get a very simple land and sea base map, however the unit has a MicroSD card slot to allow you to upgrade the base maps to high detail seabed bathymetry maps. I use Navionics+ charts which offers seabed 'Sonar Charts' at 0.5m contour intervals for incredible detail of the ground beneath the surface. This makes navigation to reefs, drop-offs, sandbanks, holes and other underwater features very easy!
The Dragonfly 5 Pro has proved to be an invaluable asset on my fishing kayaks providing me with detailed info on the world beneath my kayak.
One Fish Finder, Two Kayaks
Components for Installation
- Raymarine Dragonfly 5-Pro with CPT-DVS Transom Mount Transducer (comes as standard with the unit)
- Waterproof Lithium Battery Box - see here for more info
- Index Marine Bulgin 2-Pin Waterproof Plug - required for my battery box
- 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 4/5 Visor
- Hobie Guardian Transducer Shield Universal Transducer Fitting - supplied with the Hobie Outback 2019+
Installing the Raymarine Dragonfly Transducer to the Hobie Guardian Transducer Shield
Standard Dual-Beam, CHIRP and DownScan transducers can be installed on the topside of the shield, completely protecting them from any potential damage. To access the topside of the shield it is a case of unscrewing 3 bolts holding the shield frame to the hull.
Wiring in the Fish Finder Power Supply
I opted to fit the unit on my right hand side. The first step was to remove the 3-Way Thru-Hull fitting fitted in the side storage area of the cockpit beside the hookless pocket.
It is then just a case of selecting the right size rubber seal to fit around the transducer and power cable and fitting the thru-hull plug back to the kayak. Easy! Just remember to pull enough cabling through to allow for the connector to reach the unit wherever you wish to mount it. I left enough spare so that the fish finder could be mounted at the furthest point on the outside H-Track if needed.
Mounting the Raymarine Dragonfly head unit
I would be using a Ram Mount system. I like these mounts as they use ball and socket technology, allowing you to find the perfect viewing angle for your fish finder screen. The first part used in the system is a Ram 1 inch Quick Release Track Mount (Part No: RAM-B-383). This mount features a slim T-bolt which attaches the mount to the T-Track. There are two width settings for the T-bolt, A and B. The narrower A setting worked best for the Hobie H-Track.
I have also used a BerleyPro Raymarine Dragonfly 4/5 Sun Visor on my fish finder - this is great for reducing screen reflection on bright days, and helps reduce splashes from soaking the unit and display. These are not readily available in the UK and have to be ordered directly from BerleyPro in Australia through their website - linked here.
The installation is now complete. I now have CHIRP Sonar, DownVision Imaging and full GPS chart plotting with high definition Navionics+ Sonar Charts at my disposal on the Outback.