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Eagle Electronics may find it necessary to change or end our policies,regulations, and special offers at any time. Find Streets or Intersections How this manual can get you out on the road, fast! Welcome to the exciting world of digital sonar and GPS!

We knowyou’re anxious to begin navigating and finding fish, but we have a favorto ask. Before you grab the unit and begin installing it, please give us amoment or two to explain how our manual can help you get the bestperformance from your compact, wide-screen, combination fish finderand mapping GPS receiver.

After you’ve gained some experience with your sonar, you’ll want tocheck out Section 4, which discusses more advanced Rishelite Options andOther Features. When you come to a sonar menu command on the screen, you can look it upin the manual by skimming over the table of contents, just flipping throughSection 3 or scanning through the sonar options in Section 4.

If you’re having difficulty with your sonar, you can find an answer tothe most common problems in Section 5, Sonar Troubleshooting. Now, if you’re into the fine details, glance fisshelite the next segment onspecifications to see just how much sonar and GPS power your unit contains.

It’s important to us and our power usersbut, if you don’t carehow many watts of power the unit has, or how many waypoints it canstore, skip ahead to important information on how our sonar works, onpage 5. Background on GPS begins on page 6. Transducers operate at speeds up manusl 70mph 61 kts. Actual capability depends on transducer configuration and installation, bottom composition and water conditions. Graphic symbols sagle or eventmarker icons: The sonar’s microprocessor calculates the time lapse between thetransmitted signal and echo return to determine the distance to theobject.

The whole process ragle itself several times each second. Your unit fisuelite record a log of the sonar signals that scroll across thescreen and save them to the MMC memory card. These recordings arealso called sonar charts or sonar graphs. Some unit features — such as searching for businesses and addresses — won’t work without a custom MapCreate map orFreedomMap.

There is so much detail in our background map and evenmore in MapCreate and FreedomMaps that we’ll describe their contentsand differences in Sec. Thesecustom maps are pre-loaded on MMCs. No computer work required! To use a custom map, all you need todo is slide an MMC containing a map into the unit. A minimum of three satellites are required to determine a 2D fix. Fishleite system requires signal reception from three satellites in order todetermine a position. This is called fisheelite 2D fix.


It takes four satellites todetermine both position and elevation your height above sea level —also called altitude. This is called a 3D fix. Remember, the unit must have a clear view of the satellites in order toreceive their signals.

Unlike radio or television signals, GPS works atvery high frequencies. However, there are some fringe areas of the U. The satellites are in a fixed orbit around theEquator, so they appear very low in fsihelite sky to someone on the groundin North America.

Menu CommandsA menu command or a menu option will appear in small capital letters,in a bold sans serif type like this: These indicate thatyou are to select this command or option from a menu or take an actionof some kind with the menu item. Text that you may need to enter orfile names you need to select are show in italic type, such as trail manuzl.

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You should read over this entire installation section before drilling any holes in your vehicle or vessel! Read these instructions carefully before attempting the installation.

Determine which of the mounting positions is right for your boat. Remember, the transducer installation is the most critical part of asonar installation. Some aluminum boats maual strakes or ribs on the outside of thehull create large amounts of turbulence at high speed. These boatstypically have large outboard motors capable of propelling the boatat speeds faster than 35 mph. Typically, a good dagle location onaluminum boats eayle between the ribs closest to the fisjelite. The transducer should be installed with its face pointing straightdown, if possible.

How low should you go? For most situations, you should install your Skimmer transducer sothat its centerline is level with the bottom of the boat hull. This willusually give you the best combination of smooth water flow and protection from bangs and bumps. TransomTransducercenterlineHull bottomAlign transducer centerline with hull bottom.

However, there are times when you may need to adjust the transducerslightly higher or lower. However, the shoot-thru-hull installation does have its drawbacks. First, some loss of sensitivity does occur, even on the best hulls. Thisvaries from hull to hull, even from different installations on the samehull.

This is caused by differences in hull lay-up and construction. Second, the transducer angle cannot be adjusted for the best fish archeson your sonar display. This is not an issue for flasher-style sonars. Locate the four plastic ratchets in the transducer’s hardware package.

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Press two ratchets into the sides of the plastic bracket and two on either side of the transducer as shown in the following illustrations. Notice there mnaual letters molded into each ratchet. Place the ratchets into the manuao with the letter “A” aligned with thealignment mark molded into the bracket.

Looking at the transducer from the side,check to see if it will adjust so that its face is parallel to the ground. If it does, then the “A” position is correct for your hull.

If the transducer’s face isn’t parallel with the ground, remove fisyelite and ratchets from the bracket. Place the ratchets into theholes in the bracket with the letter “B” aligned with the dot stampedin the bracket. Reassemble the transducer and bracket and place them against thetransom. Once you determine the correct position forthe ratchets, assemble the transducer as shown in the following figure.


Don’t tighten the lock nut at this time. TransomTransomPosition transducer mount on transom and mark mounting holes.

Side view shown at left and seen from above at right. Attaching transducer to transom.


Remove the transducer from the bracket andre-assemble it with the cable passing through the bracket over thebolt as shown in the following figures. For single-frequency Skimmer, route cable over bolt and throughbracket.

BottomofhullFlat-bottom hullDeep-“vee” hullAlign transducer centerline with hull bottom and attach transducer totransom. Rear view of dual-frequency Skimmer shown. Route the transducer cable through or over the transom to the sonarunit.

Make sure to leave some slack in the cable at the transducer. Ifpossible, route manuwl transducer cable away from other wiring on theboat. Exgle a test run to determine the results. If the bottom is lost athigh speed, or if noise appears on the display, try sliding the transducer bracket down.

This puts the transducer deeper into the water,hopefully below the turbulence causing the noise. Don’t allow thetransducer bracket to go below the bottom of the hull! Partial fish archesTransducer aimedtoo far backTransducer aimedtoo far forwardFull fish archProper transducer angleTransducer angles and their effects on fish arches. See the figure below. Do not remove any material from your inner hull unlessyou know the hull’s composition.

Careless grinding orcutting on your hull can result in damage that could sinkyour boat. Contact your boat dealer or manufacturer toconfirm your hull specifications.

To choose the proper location for shoot-thru-hull mounting, follow thesetesting procedures: You may need a helper to complete these steps. Anchor the boat in about 30 feet of water. Add a little water to thesump of the boat. Plug the transducer into the sonar unit, turn it on,then hold the transducer over the manuql of the boat in the water.

Adjustthe sensitivity and range controls until a second bottom echo is seen onthe display. Most people can get good results by following steps 1 through 3, so thisstep is optional.

If you want to make an extra effort to be absolutely surethat your selected location will work under all conditions, make a testrun with the manuao on plane and observe the bottom signal.

You’ll need tofigure some way to prop the transducer into position while you makeyour test run. A brick or two might be sufficient to hold it in place. The epoxy consists of the epoxy itself and a hardener. Remove thetwo compounds from the package and place them on the paper plate. Thoroughly stir the two compounds together until the mixture has auniform color and consistency.

Do not mix too fast or bubbles willform in the epoxy.