It is very important for your selling staff to be aware that all Lowrance Transducers do not fit in the cavity that is built in to the Pro Angler 12 and Pro Angler 14. One of their new, top-of-the-line offerings, Model #50/200 + 455/800 HDI Transducer, is too large (the mounting tongue is too long, and the width is too wide) to fit properly. While Hobie does not sell this model, it is popular with anglers fishing deeper water, up to several hundred feet, so we have started to get customer feedback on this issue.
Lowrance regrets this situation and is in the process of creating a custom transducer with the same features and benefits that will fit the cavity, but this will take some time to develop.
All of the Lowrance Transducers that Hobie includes with our Fish Finders do fit in the cavity. The Lowrance Transducer, Model # 83/200 + 455/800 HDI, which is included with our Elite 7 HDI Fishfinder, serves the needs of 95% of anglers.
Additionally, the Structure Scan Transducer, which is a side-scanning transducer that reads off the sides of the vessel rather than straight down so the anglers can see which side of the vessel the fish are on, is very large and does not fit in the cavity. This model always has to be mounted on the boat in a spot that is free of obstruction, as it wouldn’t read through plastic even if it did fit. We are working on a solution to mount this to our kayaks, but for the short term, an over-the-side arm mount or the RAM mounts that attach for off-the-stern placement are two options for attaching the Structure Scan to a Hobie Kayak.
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