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Old 01-24-2010, 05:17 PM   #1
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Don't know if I shoulsd get the eagle cuda 300 or the 168, both are 69.99 at academy. Any imput would be appreciated:bowdown

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Old 01-24-2010, 05:37 PM   #2
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What are the spec's?

The 168 is discontinued. Maybe that will help.
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:50 PM   #3
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I bought the eagle cuda about 3 months ago on advice from other yakers, and I have been happy with it. It seems to mark well in water over 10 feet deep. I can see my jigs bouncing off the bottom, etc... I mounted the transducer in vasoline in the hull and I use 8, AA rechargeable batteries to power it. Ifeel it is cheap enough if I damage it or it breaks, I'm not out a lot of money.
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sosmarine (1/24/2010)What are the spec's?

The 168 is discontinued. Maybe that will help.
Specs are important. The 300 might have some better quailities. I have a new 168 that I have never installed yet until I get the new kayak. Some guys are going with the fish finder and gps combos, but they are $200 plus. I went on price. If it breaks, for the small money I can buy another. From what I have seen all the fish finders in this price range work quite fine in the past for most. The biggers one are just...........well what can I say.
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:17 PM   #5
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chaps (1/24/2010)I bought the eagle cuda about 3 months ago on advice from other yakers, and I have been happy with it. It seems to mark well in water over 10 feet deep. I can see my jigs bouncing off the bottom, etc... I mounted the transducer in vasoline in the hull and I use 8, AA rechargeable batteries to power it. Ifeel it is cheap enough if I damage it or it breaks, I'm not out a lot of money.




How did you mount it in vasoline? and why not silicone? im getting ready to install a depth finder and want it done right. i know you must have a good reason for it, because your anchor idea is smart shit.
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Vasoline is more of a temporary mount. Both work but I have seen the vasoline give some guys headaches. Do it with 5200 and do it right. One word of advice is to vasoline the connection where the cable goes into the machine...this will save 69 dolars a year when your pins dont rust away like mine.
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Thanks for the info Tex.:letsdrink
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I don't know which is better, but eagle is a good choice. Half Hitch had some Lowrance machines the other day for 49.00. I got one and its darn good machine for the price. Stay away from Humminbird, never had luck with them.
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Go with whichever FF gives you the most vertical pixels - that is what will give you the best depth resolution...
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:09 PM   #10
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I used vasoline more as a temporary mount. I siliconed a foam insert cutout in the bottom of the hull towards the front. Once the foam insert cured, I heateda jar of vaseline in boiling water. Once it was almost liquid I poured some in the foam insert, set my transducer in and then filled the rest of the space with vaseline. Once it solidified, it made a great bond. I store my kayak upright so hopefully it won't give me a problem. If I have any problems with it, I will probably permanently mount it.

The reason I didn't mount it permanently as Tex mentioned was because I read some posts about air bubbles under the adhesive, so I wanted to experiment first with the vaseline to see how well that worked. It hasn't given me any problems yet.

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