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New Helix 8
« on: December 23, 2019, 09:51:11 AM »
Well, after many years of using my Humminbird 788 on the front deck, it started acting up on me toward the last half of the 2019 season, so I decided it was time to replace it.
I did quite a bit of homework and ended up buying a new Humminbird Helix 8!
I'm looking forward to getting it on the boat and using it in the Spring. I know there will be a learning curve, so I will be doing lots of research and watching some how-to videos this winter.
Right now I'm doing research on the best type of mount to use for it. I will likely not be using a ball mount, but a Deck-It or something similar. And instead of mounting it to one side, as I have always had it in the past, it will be mounted front and center, directly in front of my TM foot pedal tray.
Because my bow trim switch is also mounted front and center at the bow panel, I will probably end up moving that to one side, so I will still be able to access it easily with my foot.
I will document all of this and post pics later, once I get everything done.

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2019, 01:20:51 PM »
About time  ;D ;D ;D  is it a Mega chirp unit? I tried a Ram Mount but didn't care for it.

I'm using a bass boat Technologies angled mount on mine,  that was the one that fit my bow the best. looks like it went up, i paid 60 for mine
http://www.bassboattech.com/index.php/accessories/bow-mounts/4-angled-bow-mount

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2019, 10:24:21 AM »
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About time  ;D ;D ;D  is it a Mega chirp unit?

Yes it is about time! But my other ones were still working well, so I stuck with them for a while.

And yes, it is CHIRP MEGA DI G3N. Can't wait to see how it looks!

And thanks for the info on the mount. I will spend more time making sure I get just the right one at the right price.

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2019, 11:23:30 AM »
Some good videos here, Doug knows his humminbirds.

http://www.youtube.com/user/imonbass/videos

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2019, 01:13:10 PM »
   I put a Dek-it mount on my bow for my Garmin 93sv last year and love it. There are 2 different ones, but I went with the angled one. That one I like better seeing it allows me to get to my storage in front of the pedal easier.  It also sets the base angel at a good position, to point at you and aim your wires down. Your screen mount will then allow you to tune it in to the angle thats best for you. It's all heavy aluminum and made well. A little pricey for what it is, so I would shop for it like Joe said.

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2019, 06:03:27 PM »
I spent some more time in the garage today, playing with the Helix. I was able to get the waypoints imported from the old 788, so that's huge relief  :yes:

Now it's time to start working on getting it mounted, wired, etc.

If anyone would care to post pics of how and where their units are mounted, that would be cool  :thumbup:

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2019, 10:45:58 AM »
I can't find a current pic but this is from my old boat, it's the same mount i'm using now.
The only thing i did different was i made some spacers out of starboard and raised the mount an additional 1 1/2 inches.
 


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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2019, 03:35:21 PM »
Thanks, Joe! That looks great  :thumbup:

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The only thing i did different was i made some spacers out of starboard and raised the mount an additional 1 1/2 inches.

What was your reason for adding the spacers? Also, with your old boat, I noticed what looks like a trim switch in the bow panel. Were you able to access that trim switch easily?

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2019, 05:44:03 PM »
Thanks, Joe! That looks great  :thumbup:

What was your reason for adding the spacers? Also, with your old boat, I noticed what looks like a trim switch in the bow panel. Were you able to access that trim switch easily?

There is a cup holder under the mount, by raising it i can still use it. 
I couldn't use the trim switch with my foot, i just used my hand when needed. I never really use my foot anyway as i would always hit the light switch that was next to it!

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2019, 06:14:58 PM »
Ah, OK. Definitely don't want to block the cup holder!  :nope:

Where did you find starboard around here?

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2019, 09:19:48 AM »
Had some scraps laying around.

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2020, 01:38:07 PM »
My Helix came with a transom transducer, but I need a trolling motor transducer. I contacted Humminbird and they told me that they will exchange the transom unit for a TM unit for free  :yes:

I packed it up and shipped it out today. I hope it doesn't take long for the exchange to happen. Not that I am planning on fishing soon, but I want to get everything mounted, connected and ready to roll for when it warms up a tad!

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2020, 02:30:38 PM »
I highly recommend this mount. A little pricey but worth every penny!


http://www.transducershieldandsaver.com/product-category/shields/humminbird/

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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2020, 03:01:31 PM »
I highly recommend this mount. A little pricey but worth every penny!

http://www.transducershieldandsaver.com/product-category/shields/humminbird/

Thanks Joe. I took a look at these and I guess I'm wondering if I will need one once I get the trolling motor transducer back from HB. They look like they're designed to be used when the transom transducer is mounted to the TM. Is that correct?

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Re: New Helix 8
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2020, 09:22:01 AM »
Your right, with the trolling motor transducer you won't need it.  Did you get a SI unit or DI only?