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May 10, 2012

Super Heavy Duty Fishfinder and Chartplotter Mounts

Made a big investment in a new chartplotter or fishfinder?  We recommend a metal mount with marine grade coating to prevent rusting.  RAM has a great line for supporting heavy devices up to 15 pounds.  All mounts come with a lifetime warranty from RAM.  These mounts have pre-drilled holes to fit a variety of gimbal and swivel brackets from mainstream manufacturers like Garmin, Lowrance and Raymarine.  Simply line up your bracket with the proper hole pattern and add some screws and nuts to fasten the bracket to the mount.  Most have full tilt and swivel.

RAM RAM-109HSB Another Spin on the Horizontal Swing Arm

RAM RAM-109HSB Another Spin on the Horizontal Swing Arm

RAM RAM-109V Vertical Swing Arm Mount

RAM RAM-109V Vertical Swing Arm Mount

RAM RAM-109HU Horizontal Swing Arm Mount

RAM RAM-109HU Horizontal Swing Arm Mount

RAM RAM-D-111U-C 2.25" Ball Surface Mount

RAM RAM-D-111U-C 2.25″ Ball Surface Mount

Lowrance Elite Fishfinder Mounting Options

The Lowrance Elite Series includes several versions of the lower cost Elite-4 as well as the more expensive and feature rich Elite-5.  We have found that the plastic mount included with the units leaves a bit to be desired.  Fortunately there are some nice new alternatives constructed of metal.  The mounting adapter will take the place of the plastic part (called QRB-5 by Lowrance).  They will fit the slot vacated by the QRB-5 and come coupled with various mounting systems at a very competitive cost.  They are manufactured by our pals at RAM and come with a lifetime warranty.  You will want to use the 1″ ball versions for the lighter Elite-4 and the 1.5″ ball for the Elite-5.

As usual we offer some pictures of your options.

A closer view of the adapter by itself.

A closer view of the adapter by itself.

The back of an Elite-5 with a RAM surface mount.

The back of an Elite-5 with a RAM surface mount.

 

 

April 15, 2011

Marine Electronics Mounting Accessories for Lowrance, Garmin, Humminbird

Have a Fishfinder, Chartplotter or GPS and the stock mounting bracket isn’t cutting it?  Common problem.

Most marine electronics are larger than your typical GPS unit and coupled with the unique requirements of using your device on a boat, a need for something larger and more flexible than a flush mount might be required.  You want that mount to be rugged and resistant to the elements.  Many aftermarket mounts couple with your current bracket to add a more secure grasp to your device while allowing it to be moved to a more convenient location, opften closer to the user or even out of the way when not in use.

Most marine mounts are bolted to the surface.  We are often asked about using a suction cup on a boat.  If out in the elements especially in salt water, we steer our customers away from this idea as salt water can quickly erode the integrity of a suction cup.  You want a mount that is made of a non corrosive materials like marine grade metal.

We present some good options to consider below.

Mid-weight marine mount for units weighing less than 10 pounds

Mid-weight marine mount for units weighing less than 10 pounds

Very heavy duty marine mount for large Chartplotters like the Lowrance HDS-7 HDS-7M HDS-8 HDS-8M HDS-10

Marine mount for units weighing less than 5 pounds

Marine mount for units weighing less than 5 pounds

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