Step 3 - Get a home for the Livescope
The Garmin technology proved to be such a huge asset for the ice fishing season, it was an immediate need to get the transducer set up for the Crestliner FishHawk. Last year, I used the Fishing Specialties https://fishingspecialties.com/ mount set up for a Crestliner integrated rail. The unit costs $250. As I've looked around the internet for other options, that seems to be the price range for this set up. I plan to use this mount this open water season, but I am using it in the back of the boat for my partner, as I have Garmin's original Panoptix on the console of the boat. I found that the Fishing Specialties mount was well made and a nice unit, but it didn't stow and deploy well enough for it to not be kind of a pain to go in and out when running from spot to spot. I wanted something more nimble for tournament fishing. With this spring's advent of the Garmin perspective mount, this became a necessity. I watched 50 Youtube videos on homemade PVC mounts. All were functional. All were ugly. So, off to create my own...
My parts list:
2 - Telescoping Fittings 3/4 pipe by 1.25 fitting - $1.89 each
1 - 5 ft of blue furniture grade PVC 1-1/4" sch 40 - $11.50 each
2 - 5 ft of black furniture grade PVC 3/4" sch 40 - $7.43 each
2 - blue external couplers 1 1/4" - $3.72 each
2 - 45 degree elbows 3/4" - $2.22 each
2 - End cap 3/4" - $1.07 each
1 - RAM Double Socket Arm 6 inch B size - $18.99 each on Amazon
1 - RAM Torque Large Rail Base B size - $18.99 each on Amazon
2 - RAM Track Ball with T-Bolt Attachment B size - $9.99 each on Amazon
1 - RAM Tough Claw Medium Clamp Base with B size ball - $39.29 each on Amazon
1 - RAM Double Socket Arm 2.5 inch with B size ball - $12.99 each on Amazon
Total Cost = $145
My prototype is built and ready to be water tested. I am awaiting the delivery of the Garmin perspective mount to attach to the bottom of the transducer area, but I am pleased with the way it sits and functions on dry land. The key to the build was that that furniture grade PVC has just a thick enough wall to not fit in the telescoping fitting. Why was not fitting a key?! Well, after sanding the interior of the telescoping fittings with an 80 grit sandpaper, I could establish the perfect fit and tightness of the turn, which will allow the transducer to stay wherever you turn it.
I will be getting a YouTube video up soon on the on water use!