Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q.  Will the sonar cradle fit on my bait boat?

 

A.  Yes, if you have a 60 x 25mm flat area anywhere on the waterline of your boat.       

 

Q.  How easy is it to change the sonar battery?

 

A.  Very easy...  Undo the battery cap, push the little black tab backwards that holds the battery in place and the battery edge pops- up. Remove the old battery and push a new one into the obvious space until the black tab clicks into place. Replace the battery cap (don't forget the silicon lubricant) and tighten securely.

 

Q. Why does it show the depth as 3.6ft when there's only 2 ft of water?

 

A. All fish finders struggle for accuracy in very shallow water. You'll find that as soon as the depth gets to around 4ft, the sonar will suddenly kick into life and the display will show the correct depth. You'll also find that the sonar is much more tolerant of shallow water on the way back in.

 

 

Q.  If there's nowhere at the back of the boat to fit the sonar cradle, where can i put it?

 

A.  Unlike some inferior products on the market, these cradles are professionally cut so that you can mount them on the side of your bait boat. You just need a flat area 60 x 25 mm.

Q.  What's special about the locking pads?

 

A.  The locking pads are new and are up to ten times stonger than hook and loop 'Velcro'. They make an audible 'click' when you press the two sides together that tell you that you have correctly fitted them together. The rear of a Microcat can be lifted by holding the cradle - the locking pads are that strong.

 

Q. How long do I leave the locking pads on the cradle or boat before first use?

 

A. 24 hours at room temperature - to allow the adhesive to set

 

Q.  Why do you recommend fixing the top edge of the locking pad on the waterline of a fully loaded baitboat? Surely the boat will lift in the water when the bait has been dropped.

 

A.  If you fit the top edge of the locking pad on the waterline of an empty bait boat, when you fill the boat with bait, the battery cover on the sonar will be under water. Although the cover has a sealing ring, there is less risk of water ingress due to, for example, a seal failure if the sonar cover sits above the water line in standard use. The sonar works perfectly whether you fit it at the waterline of either a full or empty boat, but it more likely to last longer if you fit it at the water line a fully loaded boat.

 

 

Q.  What other tips can you give?

 

A.

  • Carry a spare set of AAA batteries, once you get feature finding you can get carried away.
  • Always use the receiver mounting kit - it helps to avoid hitting the 'open doors' lever on the bait boat remote and gives you best range.
  • Never store the receiver with the bait boat or any other damp kit.
  • Put a drop of silicon lubricant on the battery cover seal when you eventually need to change the battery to help maintain seal integrity.
  • Learn to interpret the screen by using the finder at close range then cast a lead at a feature to see if it is weedy or clear.  
  • Always remove the antennae from the receiver and sonar for transport or storage
  • Avoid alternating extremes of temperature when storing the sonar cradle. Condensation may build up on the CR2032 battery and cause it to discharge rapidly and/or rust.

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