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Team BaitMe! Ranger Upgrade with Lowrance HDS & Structure Scan

For a couple of years now, Lowrance has had the HDS (High Definition System) leading the way in their GPS/Sonar line-up. With incredible features like a built-in Broadband Sounder, Internal GPS Antenna, SolarMAX Screen Technology, and Out-of-the-box networking, Lowrance is demonstrating their ability to strive for excellence in marine electronics. With four HDS models to choose from (HDS 10, 8, 7, 5) your options of having multiple screens with numerous configurations are endless. If that isn’t enough let's add Structure Scan (LSS-1) into the mix. This now enables you to SideScan (left and right) and DownScan (straight down) with stunning picture-quality and accuracy.  With all these features, it was a simple decision to choose Lowrance HDS all the way for the BaitMe! Ranger Bass Boat!

The first step was the installation of an HDS 5 unit into the bow.  This was an extremely simple task as the unit fit into place with the existing cut away. After verifying the location for the HDS 7 unit and acquiring the mounting hardware (I used RAM mounts which are sold separately), I drilled the holes to run the new cabling.  I highly recommend a RAM mount for two reasons: its maximum vibration resistance is a must for travelling in rough water and at high speeds, and it is easily adjustable for viewing while fishing.

Next up was the installation of the transducers on the trolling motor (TM) and cable placement along the shaft of the TM. I highly recommend protecting your investment with a transducer saver from (Transducer Shield and Saver). The last thing you want to do is ruin your transducer by an underwater rock or log strike. No need for an expensive Ooops!

Now with the HDS units in place and mounted, the LSS-1 is the next item on the list. This unit is self-contained and extremely simple to install, but it is very important to keep location in mind. The power and transducer cables are only so long, and they will require a power source. That being said you can purchase extension cables at an additional cost. In order to view all DownScan images to all your HDS units within the boat, you will also require Ethernet cables as seen below with yellow connecters.

The last part of my install was covering the holes with clam shells and tidying up the cables with zap straps and cable cover. Clam shells are necessary to prevent excessive water dripping into or onto electrical connections which could cause a short and blow a fuse down below.

When all was said and done my install took me the better part of the day, however I did take my time. The standard rule of carpentry always applies measure three times and cut once. 

To see Markus making these upgrade decisions in realtime watch it on video here!

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