A boat has been described as a hole in the water into which you throw money and the word itself has been said to stand for Break Out Another Thousand. Although said tongue in cheek; a lot of the time, these sayings are far truer than most of us want to admit. Add-ons like built-in chargers, LED lighting and electronics certainly add up over time, but they are also part of the fun of owning a boat. There always seems to be something that you can add or improve on.
One of the most common areas that fishermen add or upgrade on their boats is the electronics. Larger and brighter screens, down imaging, side imaging, Chirp sonar, GPS and now even 3D sonar are just some of the things that make adding or upgrading your marine electronics so appealing. But as sophisticated and advanced as these units are, the installation is really pretty straight forward and simple.
For this week’s video on rigging the pond boat, I’m installing a Lowrance Elite 5 Chirp unit. This is a relatively inexpensive unit (MSRP $399), that’s got a ton of features including, GPS, color 5” screen, chirp sonar and down imaging. But despite the entry level pricing, like all Lowrance units, it comes with everything you need for a standard installation included in the box. In this case, all I added was a trolling motor adapter for the transducer.
Some people feel that because the units are so advanced, that the installation is a long and complicated procedure. But that’s certainly not the case. From the $99 Lowrance Elite 3X, all the way up to a Gen3 HDS12, the procedures for installation are pretty much the same and everything is pretty much plug and play. Check out this week’s video and I’ll walk you through the process.
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