Author Topic: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles  (Read 1329 times)

Offline Muggsy

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Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« on: Aug 28, 2021, 04:06 PM »
Looking for ideas for home made rather than store bought. I've found a few pictures here and there of some but I'd like to see more from the clever guys here on Ice Shanty. 
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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #1 on: Aug 28, 2021, 04:57 PM »
I think it matters what size fish finder you have. 
I'm using the Flambeau fish backpack below and put my Humminbird Helix 7 in it.  The Helix is in a shuttle and I clip my Marcum recon camera to it when fishing.  I have both items on top each other for easy viewing.  I built a small table out a cutting board, used small plywood legs.  It's all collapsible and protected in the soft side back when coming in from fishing.  The bag also has side storage and storage in the lid for license and map....I could try to post a pic soon if you like.
There is a thread somewhere here with pics already also....

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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #2 on: Aug 28, 2021, 06:09 PM »
This is my old bucket Bird.  It worked well enough and everything fit inside for safe transport.   

My honest advice to you is to try and find at least the soft bag part of a portable setup to buy and cobble up the guts.  I got one on sale from Glenns for like 10 bucks.  If thats not an option then KISS and make a wood knockoff of the Genz box base.  One piece for the base, mount head unit on one half, battery on other. Then another piece of wood perpendicilar in the middle with a hand hole cut out near the top for carrying, wrap excess cord around the vertical piece.


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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #3 on: Aug 28, 2021, 06:24 PM »
Frame size for a HB 9 or 10 (they're the same frame, I think). Thinking the vertical board with a cutout for the hand at the top for carrying is probably the way I'll go but still interested in seeing what others have done. That size unit will obviously not fit in a bucket but my wife is handy with sewing and stuff so may sweet talk here in to some sort of soft covering to keep the elements mostly out and off of the display and battery area. I like the idea of enclosed for weather protection but more for keeping the cold from seeping in to the battery and shortening the run time by any significant amount.
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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #4 on: Aug 28, 2021, 08:07 PM »
The soft cover won't help with the cold but you'll probably freeze up before the battery anyways. It's more to keep things dry and protected when packed in the sled.  If you wanna pimp it out a little bit add a small marine panel off amazon or just get a car cigarette lighter socket at an autoparts store and then you've got a charging port for phones and such.
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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #7 on: Aug 30, 2021, 04:07 PM »
Thanks for the great pics, Jbird. Nicely done and a tidy package.
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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #8 on: Aug 30, 2021, 08:43 PM »
Very nice! Is this your doing or something you came across? I like that you can easily disconnect it from the main unit.


I just came up with it on my own. Can you believe that.  Hahaha
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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #9 on: Sep 01, 2021, 04:38 AM »





As simple as it gets

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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #10 on: Sep 01, 2021, 06:56 AM »




As simple as it gets
Simplicity at it's best!

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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #11 on: Sep 14, 2021, 10:26 AM »

I've used a couple different coolers over the last few years. This is my newest version from last season. I have a telescoping transducer mount, but if the ice is less than 14" I just go with a PVC T-mount.








It fits securely in a milkcrate that I mount inside my flip-over.



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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #12 on: Sep 14, 2021, 07:48 PM »
I've used a couple different coolers over the last few years. This is my newest version from last season. I have a telescoping transducer mount, but if the ice is less than 14" I just go with a PVC T-mount.

It fits securely in a milkcrate that I mount inside my flip-over.


Mark, do you transport it with the screen on top or pack it in the cooler?  Do you have any pictures if you transport it in the cooler?

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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #13 on: Sep 15, 2021, 01:01 PM »
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Offline Muggsy

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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #14 on: Sep 15, 2021, 05:56 PM »
Yes, I found that one as well. Lots of ideas there for sure. Thanks for posting that.
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Re: Let's see your DIY sonar shuttles
« Reply #15 on: Oct 06, 2021, 07:53 AM »
I don't have a pic, but i built mine out of a plastic ammo can. I lined the bottom with thick insulating foam, then cut another layer of foam to hold my battery and FF in place. I use the fish finder mount from my kayak by attaching the base to the top of the box, then I can quick connect/disconnect the mount/unit from the base and store it inside the box.

It works, but a store bought shuttle that i can just flip open and use looks a alot more convenient. The ammo box takes up a lot of room in my little 1 man flip over.

 



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