Monday, February 3, 2014

Easy Peasy!! WS Ride 115x Fish Finder Install


       This past weekend I installed my new fish finder on my Wilderness Systems Ride 115x. Kayak fish finder installs are usually kind of intimidating for me. I haven't done that many to be fully confident, yet I've done enough to have half an idea to try it myself. Fish finders cost a lot more than your average accessory and its the last thing I want to screw up. I am also that guy that hates drilling holes in my kayak for fear of making a irreversible mistake. All of those fears, hesitations, and limitations are eliminated with this kayak. Although it isn't formally named yet, the removable fish finder console that I call "the powerhouse", turns this kayak into a game changer for guys like me.

     The set up and install was so easy, it really doesn't even add credit to you as a "kayak rigger." I bought the Lowrance Elite 4X DSI from academy on my way to the Dallas Boat Expo on Friday. The review on this unit will come later but for now it should be a formidable upgrade to my previous unit. The step I took was to hook the unit up to my battery to make sure it would turn on. Check!

     Next I took the Powerhouse out of the kayak and drilled a one inch hole in the top to all for wires to pass through.
   


     From here its literally as easy as screwing in the base of the unit over the wire hole and stuffing the battery and wires into the Powerhouse and mounting the transducer on the bottom of the Powerhouse into the pre-drilled holes.





       After that, all you have to do is place the Powerhouse back into its designated place and tighten it down. After drilling the initial hole for the wiring the hardest part of this whole install was stuffing the foam plug into the back of the unit to keep it water tight. 

     This install requires no knowledge of electrical work, splicing, making plugs, or any other skill that you may not have. Don't let a complicated install prevent you from having a nice, clean set up on your kayak. If you're looking to upgrade or in the market for a new kayak, the Wilderness Systems Ride 115x may be exactly what you're looking for. Mariner Sails of Dallas has plenty of new colors in stock, and they are happy to set you up with a demo.










22 comments:

  1. Awesome! Just got a 115X, looking forward to this easy install an upgrade in the very near future!

    Do you have a recommendation on the the fishfinder?

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  2. I just bought the Lowrance Elite 4x DSI. It only cost around $200, i got it on sale at Academy for $150. It has DSI which for me is better than traditional sonar.

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  3. Just purchased the Ride 115X. When you purchased the Lowrance Elite-4x DSI, did you need a Transducer Installation kit?, meaning the bracket and parts shown in Picture # 4. I was thinking of getting of getting a Elite-5X HDI fish finder because of larger screen, please give me any thoughts or advice. thank you in advance. :-) Jim

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  4. Jim, the Ride 115X comes with the "powerhouse" that has two pre-drilled holes with screws already in them that allows for transducer installation with the bracket that the product comes with. I only used what came in the box. Any lowrance product should work with the 115X. Im far from experienced with wiring and the normal skills necessary for usual fish finder installation, but I did this one in about an hour. It was so easy. Hope this helps.

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    1. Thanks Cody! much appreciated :-)

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  5. What plug did you use for the 1"hole?

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  6. i didn't use a plug to cover the hole. The base of the fish finder covers it up. You can use a rubber grommet if you want but, if you install the base of the FF over it, it should stay dry under almost all conditions

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  7. what battery did you use?

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    1. i used a regular deer feeder battery

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  8. Good work…unique site and interesting too… keep it up…looking forward for more updates.
    Fish finder

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  10. Amazing,... the content are quite interesting.. it surely help me on ..Thanks for the helpful information.
    Fish fınder

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  11. any issues seeing the 4 inch screen from that distance?

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  12. No issues at all. I dont think i would even want to go bigger

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  13. did drilling the hole work better for you . ive only seen it with all the wires going thru the back opening where the foam goes. thx for the info

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    1. IMO drilling the bigger hole on top kept my install a little cleaner, and fewer wires running everywhere

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  14. Thanks for sharing some useful information's with us Cody Carpenter. Angling is usually a extremely enjoyment outdoor activities, specifically those that have a pastime regarding reef fishing. With regard to reef fishing pastime very complicated which enables it to find far more sea food, you might need a software termed some sort of Seafood finder of the bird.

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  15. If you want to catch much more fish and make your life easier you need to understand how fish finders work. A fish finder is a generic term for an electronic device that uses sonar (SOund NAvigation Ranging) to provide an image of what is underwater. It won't draw you a map where to find fish but it will helps you decide if a spot is a good place to catch fish or not.kayak

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