Looks like a great job on the bracket, very sturdy. But shouldn't the transducer be level and turned around?
It works in either direction and that picture makes it seem at an extreme angle but I kept it parallel with the water stain on my JP using a cardboard template to find my angle. Used it a few times and it works great.
The best way is to take a level while you idle and set your transducer to that. Its not always that far off but it can make a big difference when using down or side scan. The best images I have seen come from boats set up that way.
It's getting to be that time of year when I pretty much only fish at night. So I installed some UV lights. Really makes the line and rod tips pop. UV doesn't seem to draw the bugs in near as bad as other colors.
Catfish, only thing I would do different, and will fix pretty soon is put some under the console and in the center just to light up the middle a little better. But they light up the compartments great! And def make shifting rods and stuff around on tournament mornings much easier!
I like to do a lot of night fishing in the summer months and a lot of that is drift fishing. It's tough sometimes to see which way your trolling motor is pointing when your standing at the back of the boat. For some reason most trolling motors don't have a direction indicater light so I got a mirror turn signal light off eBay and fastened it to the trolling motor. Should be a big help.
I just acquired a 2011 H51 (Boat & trailer only). It is rated for a 70 HP. I have a few questions about your rig as I am in the process of rigging mine.
Did you spray the under side of your Lids?
Do they make a pint size Keel Guard and where did you find yours?
What size gas tank is in your boat and what is your motor HP?
I had issues with the rods getting tangled in my X-70, too. Here is what I built out of 1/2" plywood laying around the house. I used cardboard for a template of the front and back to measure my only rod locker, which is kind of small. I was able to get 8 rods into this setup.
Carpet: $1 at Lowe's ( 50 cents for 6 ft by 1 foot, thus, 2 ft by 6 ft wide= $1)
Cheap hot glue gun at Lowe's: $3 including 3 sticks,enough for the job
Contact cement: $6
Rod butt grommets off Ebay: $20 -2 for $5, bought 4 sets
L brackets: $6 at Ace hardware, screws included
golf tubes at Dick's: $12 -$1.50 a piece/bought 8 tubes
Total cost: $50
I hot glued the tubes in the front in, thanks to the great tips I got on this site. The grommets I looked long and hard for, the are made of a split rubber and kind of reminds me of a thick whisker biscuit if any of you bowhunt, it is similar. I learned the hard way to account for the thickness of the carpet when making your measurements. It does affect the installation and I had to make 2 cuts,better than one short one though. Cut the carpet with a straight edge and a razor knife, and used a small speed square to make sure I had it looking right and not cockeyed.
Hope this helps anyone trying to do it on their own boat,no matter what the brand. Any questions just ask me.