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Sun glare on sounder - How to avoid it?

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:11 pm
by canaryfisher
So on my stealth profisha 525 I got the sounder hatch lid 5" which is great but I get major sun glare.
Sounders aren't made for kayaks in some way cause most boats that have sounders are undercover/shaded in some way so no issues of
the sun beating down on the screen. So I know there are those visors but was talking to some yakkers at adder rock this year and they said the visors look good
but may not be good when going through the surf. So I was thinking has anyone tried those anti-glare screens you can get for tablets and mobiles?
I would think they prob would work as they tend to work in some way for smartphones... I haven't got one of them but may get one to try.
Just checking to see if anyone has tried it first.

Re: Sun glare on sounder - How to avoid it?

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:27 pm
by arpie
People make their own using ice cream containers or other plastic things. Cut it so it has a deep top bit (like a peaked cap) and then at a 45 degree angle to the sides .... use duct tape or whatever to secure it to your sounder. Go to DIY ... I am sure there are samples there

Roberta

Re: Sun glare on sounder - How to avoid it?

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:59 pm
by Pete49
Only go out at night :lol: Arpie has it. It works for many yakkers and like milk crates is a cheap fix.

Re: Sun glare on sounder - How to avoid it?

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:05 pm
by canaryfisher
yea But the angle of the sounder hatch lid of the stealth kayaks wouldn't suit a visor thing. I did find a site that
you can order anti-glare screen things for phones, tablets and fish finders so I might give that a go.

Re: Sun glare on sounder - How to avoid it?

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:07 pm
by Paulioq
yah I know what you mean some times can really suck if your trying to get on a mark and using both sounder and chart plotter too find it with sun over your shoulder. what sounder you got I got a simrad and it seems ok it has anti glare built in where lowrance don't seem to have it even though there the same parent company. sure ebay have some cheap glare screens you could try for a couple of bucks delivered and if it don't work well your nor into it for to much dosh. I use good sunnies myself (looking cool is also important on a kayak :cool: ) have you tried the tilt your head and poke your toung out technique, just jokeing(from the useless information bureau, did you know polarized sunnies don't work when you tilt your head, try it for your self when looking in to the water)

Re: Sun glare on sounder - How to avoid it?

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:08 pm
by phatphil
Have a look at Berleypro they make visors for sounders as well as other great gadgets

Re: Sun glare on sounder - How to avoid it?

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:10 am
by Digger
The Garmin’s I've had have been bright enough to be seen clearly in even direct sun.

Re: Sun glare on sounder - How to avoid it?

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:48 pm
by Steve R
canaryfisher wrote:yea But the angle of the sounder hatch lid of the stealth kayaks wouldn't suit a visor thing. I did find a site that
you can order anti-glare screen things for phones, tablets and fish finders so I might give that a go.
I suggest testing the icecream bucket first to see if it does what you want. The oblong style worked for me (before I want back to finding fish using the old-fashioned method and achieving - for me - better results). Bin the lid. Cut down each site of a narrow end. With cables in place (so you don't need to cut for cables and get spray protection), tie the FF well back inside using cable ties. A bonus is spray protection:

(With no comment on the ice-cream quality or the fact that it is about 20% sugar by weight) I used this one:
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Re: Sun glare on sounder - How to avoid it?

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 8:09 am
by LODO
I agree with Digger. Get a Garmin.

When I was using fishfinders, I always had Garmin because they were advertised as visible in direct sunlight. Never had a problem with them, even with the sun over my shoulder I could see my screen perfectly without needing to shade it whatsoever.

Then you don't need to do DIY ;O)

Re: Sun glare on sounder - How to avoid it?

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 6:15 pm
by beetle
Agree with the guys with Garmins. I used to have a Lowrance and it was absolutely terrible with glare! Switched to a Garmin and couldn't be happier. I find they are easier to get the settings just right as well.

Re: Sun glare on sounder - How to avoid it?

Posted: Thu May 10, 2018 9:17 pm
by Slick Mick
beetle wrote:Agree with the guys with Garmins. I used to have a Lowrance and it was absolutely terrible with glare! Switched to a Garmin and couldn't be happier. I find they are easier to get the settings just right as well.
Ditto to above and with all the others. Garmin the way to go in all aspects not just glare either.

Mick