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Thursday, 21 March 2013 05:45

Lowrance Depth Finder Install – Jackson “Cuda”

Written by Matt Kramp
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I picked up my Jackson Kayak “Cuda" last week. After researching how I wanted to do my rigging, I’d like to share what I decided to do in case it helps anyone looking to do something similar.

I purchased a Lowrance “Elite 4x DSI” sonar, and wanted to figure out how to mount everything. I knew that I didn’t want to drill any holes in the hull, and I knew that I wanted the wiring to be as clean as I could get it. Here’s what I used:

Scupper Hole Transducer Mount by Lowrance Cabela’s/Bass Pro/Gander Mtn.
Lowrance Elite 4x DSI Sonar Cabela’s/Bass Pro/Gander Mtn.
Stealth Cam 12v Battery w/ Waterproof Box Cabela’s/Bass Pro/Gander Mtn.
3-amp Fuse Walmart, Radio Shack, Auto Store
Inline Fuse Mount    Walmart, Radio Shack, Auto Store
Wire Crimp Connections and Electrical Tape Walmart, Radio Shack, Auto Store
Drill & Bit (1/8”), Screw Driver, Pliers Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot
Industrial Strength Velcro® Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot


1) First I mounted the transducer, following the very simple Lowrance mount instructions. All the hardware is included in the kit.

Lowrance Trandsucer Jackson Cuda Scupper view

Lowrance Trandsucer Jackson Cuda Scupper view top

 2) Next I prepared the wiring to connect to the battery. To do this, you must cut the connector that would otherwise go to the trail cam and separate the wires into ground and positive.

3) Assemble the inline fuse and holder.

4) Connect the ground directly to ground wire that is attached to the DSI filter. Connect the positive battery wire to one end of the inline fuse holder, and connect the other end of the fuse holder to the wire coming from the DSI filter. Now you’re ready to plug in to the unit.

Sonar and DSI Installation Manual - Use this link to view the entire manual and below diagram

Lowrance Fishfinder wiring diagram

5) This is a picture of the battery and the Velcro® I used to mount it inside the hull of the boat. The battery is charging in these pictures, so don’t let the other wire confuse you! This battery came with a charger and the waterproof box. I had to trim the knobs on the bottom of the battery with a knife to get the Velcro® to sit flush.

Lowrance battery box front

Lowrance battery box bottom velcro

6) Mounted the battery to the hull with Velcro® (an additional strap comes with the battery box that you could also use to secure to the inside of the kayak).

Lowrance battery box in hull jackson cuda

7) I bundled my wiring, secured it with a bungee, and rested it between battery and foam, leaving the transducer and unit wire to run out the middle console lid.

Lowrance battery box in hull jackson cuda wires tied

8) I then just mounted the main unit.

Lowrance Fishfinder mount

9) I ran the wires under the lid, and plugged in the main unit!

Lowrance Fishfinder mounted to jackson cuda front

Any questions at all, just let me know! I chose this setup because of its simplicity. It’s more portable than a lot of other setups out there, and there is no drilling into the hull. Worst case scenario, you are just buying a new center lid or swapping out the STP. Now if I can just figure out where to mount my GPS... Happy rigging!



About the author: Matt Kramp is new to YakAngler and new to yak fishing. He purchased a Jackson Cuda a few weeks back and wanted to share his experience with installing a depth finder.

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