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If you want to mount a transducer on a trolling motor you will probably first need to acquire a mount so that you can correctly install it.
But which one should you get?
We’ve put this quick guide together to offer you some tips on how you can attach your transducer to your trolling motor.
Transducer On A Trolling Motor, Why?!
In order for your fish finder to work correctly, the transducer should be in the water at all times. This lets the transducer send more accurate signals back to your fish finder so that you can understand the underwater landscape, the location of the fish and the depth and/or temperature of the water.
Mounting the transducer to your trolling motor can be more convenient as it can mean the transducer maintains its position under the water. It can also mean you don’t have to mount it to your transom or through the hull of your kayak, which could save you from drilling holes in your boat.
What Type Of Transducer Mount Do I Need? (the best)
To securely attach a transducer to a trolling motor you will need a trolling motor mount. There are various mounts available with many designed to fit a range of trolling motors. However, it’s worth checking that the mount will work with your particular motor and transducer, as they may not all be compatible.
The mount means your transducer can be safely attached so that it stays in place, giving you accurate readings.
Humminbird XTM 9 Trolling Motor Mount Transducer
This Humminbird XTM 9 features a trolling motor mount and includes the transducer, so it could be a good option if you’re looking for a compatible transducer and mount for your Humminbird sonar fish finder.
Minn Kota MKR-15 Transducer Mount Kit
The Minn Kota MKR-15 transducer mount kit comes with everything you need to install your transducer on your trolling motor. It’s built to work with a range of transducers and different sizes of Minn Kota motors. It may also work with some other brands of trolling motors.
Rig Rite 300 Trolling Motor Transducer Bracket
This Rig Rite 300 transducer mount is designed to be compatible with Minn Kota and Motorguide trolling motors and could be a good option if you want to stick to a budget.
How To Mount A Transducer On A Trolling Motor
What You Need
- Transducer like this
- Trolling motor such as this one
- Trolling motor transducer mount kits like this one
Step 1: Attach The Trolling Motor Mount To The Transducer
Your trolling motor transducer mount should come with the necessary mounting hardware. Using the included washers and screws, secure the mount to the transducer. Make sure it’s at the correct angle and tighten the screws.
Video: Mounting A Fish Finder On A Trolling Motor
Step 2: Attach Your Hose Clamp
Your hose clamp should be included with your mount kit. Slot this through the port on the transducer mount until the hose clamp is the same length on either side.
Step 3: Mount The Transducer To The Trolling Motor
Now you can place the transducer mount under the motor, between the fin and the propeller. Make sure the narrower end of your transducer is facing away from your propeller.
Holding the transducer mount against the body of the motor, fix the hose clamp around the body and tighten it using a screwdriver.
Step 4: Secure The Cables
Using the included cable ties, secure the cable from your transducer along the length of the shaft of your motor, making sure the cable is out of the way of the propeller and anything else that could affect the running of either your motor or the transducer.
The transducer cable can then be connected to your fish finder.
Knowing how to mount a transducer to your trolling motor can give you another way of using your fish finder without having to drill into your boat. It can be a good idea to make sure the trolling motor mount kit you choose is compatible with both your transducer and your trolling motor.
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