The HOOK² range of fish finder / chartplotters from Lowrance are the most user-friendly units ever made in my opinion. They are also amongst the easiest to install in a kayak as the following pictorial demonstrates. For the purposes of this article, we were kindly supplied a new Hobie Compass kayak from Hunter Water Sports, a Lowrance dealer located at Belmont on the eastern side of Lake Macquarie NSW.
Minimal tools were required for this install, simply a Phillips head screwdriver and battery drill with hole saw to suit the Hobie waterproof skin fittings. Crimping tools will also be required for connecting the power cable to the battery which can be either of lithium or lead acid types. We found the best location to mount the battery in the new Hobie Compass was within the hull directly under the seat. This area can be easily accessed via the 8-inch-round Twist & Seal hatch located immediately in front of the kayak seat.