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Old 01-25-2015, 08:40 AM
Sam I am Sam I am is offline
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Default Reata & Angler Owners: Large Graph Console Solution

Hello folks. I recently bought a "new to me" 2014 Reata 2050 LS that came with a Flush Mounted HDS12 touch in the Dash and an HDS 10 Gen 2 on the bow. Sounds great, and I can't wait until Spring to find out, but like any idea: it's great only if executed properly. While the HDS12 is a large screen unit that offers a lot of detail, when flush mounted in a Reata or Angler (same dash), most of it is buried behind the steering wheel as you can see from the pics. The first pic is from the driver's seat and the second is from the back of the boat...where a lot of us tend to spend a fair amount of time.

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So I started looking around and found Precision Sonar on Bass Boat Central...


And found the solution to my problems: the smart bracket. Precision Sonar's Smart Bracket works with Lowrance or Humminbird. Quality is paramount and Randy delivers excellent quality at a fair price. It's a plug and play solution for Reata and Anglers as they use the same dash layout as the Ranger "C" Series Bass Boats. Works great and now I can see my entire graph without obstructing my forward view. AND I have plenty of room between the unit and my fingers on the helm, as well as sufficient clearance between the unit and the windscreen.

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Old 01-25-2015, 08:42 AM
Sam I am Sam I am is offline
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Default Bow Plate

Like I said, plenty of clearance, but there's more available if you want the spacer.

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On the bow pics, I've already removed the HDS10, but you can see that it doesn't make a lot of sense to mount the gimbal bracket all the way on the top of the plate when the hole for the wires is on the bottom. Also, the PO mounted the bracket so high, the he needed to drill two new holes in the rim of the opening to secure the plate...and after all that, the unit wobbled fiercely when jiggled by hand. The entire plate flexed and popped. Also, when I removed the plate, I found the PO had decided to leave the LSS1 box up front not mounted to anything...just flopping around in the front area loose! The powder coated aluminum replacement bow plate is thick and strong enough that I mounted the LSS1 box on the back of it and the unit gimbal bracket on the top. IT took some time and clever use of stainless steel spacers on the back to make everything secure but it turned out great.

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Drilling the holes for everything was a lot of work, but turned out great. I put painters tape across the entire front of the plate, marked everything out with a pencil, drilled and then smoothed the edges with a dremel tool. Couldn't be happier.
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