Bob Sandeen’s Rigged W300 Fishing Kayak, Arizona

Rigging the kayak with a transducer:

This is the plumber’s putty I used for fixing the transducer in the hull. It cost $1.99

rigging transducer in fishing kayak

First I made a ring of putty in the bottom of the hull. The ring is big enough to put my transducer in.

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Then I put the transducer in and added a little water for good contact with the hull.

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I then covered the transducer with more putty and sealed it up.

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The putty sealed really well with the kayak’s hull. There was no water leakage.
I got a good signal through the hull, and it was cheap and fast to do. I can also peel it off real fast with no residue left behind.

And this is how I improved comfort:

rigging fishing kayak AZ

I picked up a yoga mat from my local Good Will store for $2.00.

rigging fishing kayak AZ

I used double faced carpet tape on the bench.

I cut the mat to fit the bench seat and laid it down.

rigging fishing kayak AZ

It made for a nice soft seat and it’s not slippery.

rigging fishing kayak AZ

Here’s my “W” at the lake ready to go:

rigging fishing kayak Willow lake AZ

I live in one of those houses that are on the hillside in the background.

fishing kayak Willow lake AZ

fishing kayak Willow lake AZ

The “W” is a great boat to sneak up on wildlife.

fishing kayak, wildlife, Willow lake AZ

This is a beautiful lake just to be on. (Willow Lake Prescott Arizona.)

Bob

11 Comments

  1. Marco

    Always a pleasure to visit Arizona! 😀
    Great pics!
    Marco

  2. Mike M

    Looks easy, and effective. This fish finder seems to be conveniently mounted on a wooden mount that you can stick into one of the depressions in the saddle top, and remove easily.
    Nice pictures – 🙂

    Mike

  3. Jeff McGovern

    AZ has some great fishing. Those modifications look real nice. That depth sounder should help a bunch out there. I remember some of those lakes being hundreds of feet deep.

  4. phil.t.

    foam all around the cockpit and on top of the seat -that’s what i call comfort

  5. Rox

    Nice job making a Great yak even better.
    I Like the use of the plumbers putty to hold the transducer, sweet deal! 🙂

    Tight Lines
    Rox

  6. Petru

    Smart way of fixing the transducer.
    This is a good tip. Epoxy is very hard to remove.
    The only con fact of setting the transducer inside is a decrease in range of sonar. Can you estimate that decrease in percentages?

    Regards,
    Petru

  7. Bob Sandeen

    I am using an “Eagle Cuda 300” fish finding sonar. With 200 kHz frequency.
    800 watts peak-peak power; 100 watts RMS power. I’m not sure what all that means but I have plenty of power, actually I have to much power because I have to turn down the sensitivity. The unit has a depth capability of 600 feet. And this is a low end model, only $80.00 at Bass Pro Shop. I would say the decrease in range by going through the hull is minimal.

    Keep your hooks sharp,
    Bob S

  8. Petru

    Thank you Bob.

  9. Doug M

    How’s the plumber’s putty mounting for the transducer working out? Any problem with the water evaporating? If it’s working, it’s a great idea; I’m in the process of rigging a ‘yak now and firmly believe simpler is better, IF it works!

  10. Robert Sandeen

    The plumber’s putty is working just fine. I had to add water once but no big deal. The transducer works much better with the water added. I am in Florida on vacation this month so I haven’t been fishing for a couple of months. I plan on using new plumber’s putty for the coming season. One thing I’m going to work on is a different setup for holding the rods. With the rods sticking up I have had problems with hitting them in my back cast. Also I found that when I reach back (turn my body) to change rods it gets a little tippy. If I come up with a solution I will take pictures and post them.
    Bob

  11. Ray Schwertner

    I just bought a Humming bird Fish FInder and was wondering how to mount the transducer… your method sounds interesting. I will give it a try.

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