A How-To Look At Rigging Out Your Boat

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re tackling a task in the fishing world that can sometimes seem a little daunting if you haven’t done it before: rigging out your boat. We’re starting off the effort inside the Shop of the San Antonio Premier Yamaha Boating Center.

When you dive into any rigging effort on a new or old boat the first thing we suggest is having a good detailed plan and understanding of the task ahead. As we spend time in the Premier Yamaha Boating Center, we’ll go over how to mount Power-Poles, a Yamaha V6 V MAX SHO® Outboard, and the ATLAS™ Heavy Duty Hydraulic Jack Plate by TH Marine to your Ranger bass boat.

Next up, we’ll meet up with the Garmin Technical Staff as they give us a thorough walk through of how to set up the NMEA Network that will allow all of Wade’s NMEA compatible Garmin electronic units to communicate with one another. From the Garmin GPS 24XD module, to EchoMap™ Ultra 126UV units, to the Force® Trolling Motor, we’ll show you how to get your system up and running without a hitch!

Once we have our NMEA system up and running, it’s time to set up our units and get them updated with the latest software versions. We’ll have step by step guides for updating your graphs, and for how to assign memory cards for various purposes, such as saving waypoints and screenshots from your sonar. Lastly, we’ll hit the water to round out setting up your Garmin Force® Trolling Motor and Livescope™ units. As we mentioned from the beginning, boat rigging can seem a little daunting, but we hope that by the end of this episode, any and all questions you may have about boat rigging have been answered!