BOAT MOUNTING OPTIONS
Sub Plate Mounted
Sub plates are the easiest mounting system. Placing a sub plate on any flat 4×4 inch square area of the boat. These plates are generally mounted to flat spots on the gunnel of the boat or the trolling motor deck. Mounting subplates on either side of the boat will allow the main baseplate assembly to be used in multiple locations depending on current wind and structure locations.
Tracker Boats utilize an angle bracket with stainless steel carriage boats. Special note for Targa Boat owners. The width of the gunnel requires a 15 inch baseplate in front of the console or an 18 inch baseplate behind the console. Other Tracker boats with rails up to 5″ wide can use an 8.25 inch basplate
The downrigger bracket clamp works with any angle on the hull. Top plate can be tilted to get the downrod vertical into the water. This ensures best performance of Live Scanning and also Side and down view transducers.
Round and Square Tube Clamp
The Cisco tube clamp is a sleek mounting option which can be applied to any 7/8″ or 1″ rail tubing.
The lower photo shows a square and round tube clamp that will work with the upper rail of a pontoon. Opens to 1.25 inches
Lund boats are best served with the rail bracket made by Cisco Fishing Systems. Available in both the 90 degree or the 42 degree angle depending on your particular boat rail.
Lowe, G3, Excel, Sea Ark and War Eagle
Mounting for Lowe, G3 and War eagle boats use a variety of angled track systems. These brackets are custom cut to ensure a flat baseplate when mounted.
If you are unsure of the mounting track angle, download an angle app to your smart phone (they are generallyl free) and use that to determine the proper angle of the rail.
Pedestal Mounted Baseplates
Pedestal mounting is excellent when a mount is desired but you do not want to drill into the finished top of the boat. Mounting into the floor with a pedestal and spanning over the edge is a great solution. Pedestals can be made to any height up to about 8 inches. Be sure to tell us the height needed with about 1/4 inch to clear the top of the boat and the distance from the mounting location to the outer rub rail of the boat (to determine baseplate length).
Fishing Specialties also offers handrails.
Taking the baseplate off the boat would leave an unobtrusive handrail which would not be as unsightly as a set of mounting holes.
Crestliner boats with the Suretrack rail can either use the standard vertical bracket with an attached angle or the Crestliner Downrigger bracket that spans over the top of the gunnel. Overall the Downrigger bracket allows for a stronger mounting to the Suretrack rail
Alumatrac rail owners can utilize the Brocraft bracket. If the boat does not have the alumatrac rail, the boats generally have space on the gunnel or the trolling motor deck for a sub plate. If handrails are available, tube mount brackets are also a good choice.
Sea Ark with 22 degree Rail
The Sea Ark bracket uses wing nuts and T bolts for attachment to the rail. This makes it quick and easy to adjust the position of the baseplate on the boat!
Track Systems Cisco, Traxtec
If a track system is on your boat, you need only have a track mounting plate sufficiently large to allow a sub plate to mount. The A-600-6 is a great choice.