About a month ago, I was fortunate enough to pick up a brand new Hobie Pro Angler 12 from Austin Canoe and Kayak (Burnet Rd. store). I decided to give it a very in depth review and in this section I’ll focus on installing a fish finder and anchor trolley. You can find what I had to say about the features of the kayak, take in depth look at the seat and, of course, read how it fished.
Fish Finder Installation
When I first got the boat home, my first objective was to install my Humminbird FF. The PA has a recessed area with a “Lowrance ready” transducer install bracket/plate. The plate is removed by unscrewing 3 brass screws. Here is a shot of the exposed area.
The Humminbird transduer does not fit into the bracket “as is”, so at the time I made do with some zip ties and components that came with the Humminbird transducer. After a little research, I found that Hobie makes an adapter that allows for a clean install of the H-bird transducer. I had to swing by ACK San Marcos to pick up a stake out pole and the guys over there were more than happy to order a couple of them for me (one for a friend). A week later, they were in.
Installing the transducer to the plate with the adapter was PIECE OF CAKE and took all of about 3 mins.
Run the transducer cable up through the scupper and into the pre drilled pass through. The PA comes with a tree of rubber inserts so it’s just a matter of selecting the correct insert for the cable you are running.
It takes a little bit of effort to get in and reach the back side of the insert to screw and unscrew it but it’s not anything that cannot be done in a matter of a few minutes. The cable(s) are then run to the front of the boat (either left or right side) and run through the fitting. Same as the one in the back, you must select the correct insert to compliment the cable configuration you have. The accessory mounting boards on either side give you endless options on where and how to mount your fish finder. I choose to use a RAM mount and it works great.
One thing I noticed after my last trip out, was that the space between the transducer and the flat area of the transducer bracket plate had filled with mud. I don’t think it’s really an issue at all but you find yourself going through the muck and mud on a regular basis, it might do you some good to take the 30 seconds when you get home to run a hose in the scupper under the seat (where your transducer cable comes out). It should flush out pretty good just by doing that.
Anchor Trolley Installation
After a trip out in the PA 12, I decided to install a anchor trolley. There is a specific trolley kit for the Hobie 12/14 so keep that in mind when you purchase one. It was a breeze to install as all you have to do is remove the plastic caps from the brass inserts on the boat and screw everything in. It’s really that simple.