CUDA® 128

CUDA® 128
Pub. 988-0143-631
www.eaglesonar.com
Cuda 128, Cuda 128 Portable,
Cuda 168, Cuda 168EX
Fish-finding & Depth Sounding Sonars
Installation and Operation
Instructions
Copyright © 2002 Eagle Electronics
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without notice. All features and specifications subject to change without
notice. All screens in this manual are simulated.
For free owner's manuals and other information,
visit our web site:
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Eagle Electronics
P.O. Box 669
Catoosa, OK USA 74015
Printed in USA.
Table of Contents
Introduction ............................................................................... 1
Capabilities and Specifications: Cuda Family ......................... 1
Installation Preparations ............................................................. 3
Transducer Installation........................................................... 4
Recommended Tools and Supplies ........................................... 4
Selecting a Transducer Location .............................................. 5
Shoot-Thru-Hull vs. Transom Mounting ................................. 7
Transom Transducer Assembly and Mounting ....................... 7
Trolling Motor Bracket Installation....................................... 12
Transducer Orientation and Fish Arches .............................. 12
Shoot-Thru-Hull Preparation and Installation ..................... 14
Power and Cable Connections .................................................... 16
Mounting the Sonar Unit: In-Dash or Bracket ......................... 18
In-Dash Installation ............................................................... 18
Bracket Installation................................................................ 21
Portable Sonar Installation ........................................................ 25
Operation .................................................................................. 30
Keyboard Basics.......................................................................... 30
PWR/Clear (Power and Clear)................................................ 30
Menu Up and Menu Down ..................................................... 30
Up and Down Arrows.............................................................. 31
Memory........................................................................................ 31
Menus .......................................................................................... 31
Display – Opening Screen .......................................................... 32
Chart Scroll (Stopping and Starting)......................................... 33
Full Chart.................................................................................... 34
Depth Range Zoom (Automatic and Manual)............................ 35
Zoom ............................................................................................ 36
Sensitivity ................................................................................... 37
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Grayline ..................................................................................... 40
Fish I.D. ................................................................................... 41
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FishTrack™................................................................................. 43
Chart Scroll Speed ...................................................................... 44
Noise Reject and ASP (Advanced Signal Processing) ............ 44
Alarms ......................................................................................... 45
Fish Alarm............................................................................... 45
Depth Alarms .......................................................................... 46
Shallow Alarm......................................................................... 46
Deep Alarm ............................................................................. 46
Display Adjustments .................................................................. 47
Backlights................................................................................ 47
Display Contrast ..................................................................... 47
Depth Units of Measure ............................................................. 48
Preset Unit (Reset All Options).................................................. 48
System Info ................................................................................. 48
Simulator..................................................................................... 48
Digital Data Size for Depth and Temperature .......................... 49
Troubleshooting ...................................................................... 50
Warranty and Service Information..................................... 57
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Introduction
Thank you for buying an Eagle sonar! Your unit is a high-quality
sonar designed for both professional and novice fishermen. All Eagle
sonars have an automatic mode that finds and displays the bottom,
fish, underwater structure and more – right out of the box. All you have
to do is press the on (PWR) key.
However, if you want to fine-tune your unit, press the MENU UP key. The
sonar has several powerful features you can control by scrolling through
easy-to-use menus with the arrow and menu keys.
To get started with your Eagle sonar, first read the installation section.
It contains instructions for mounting the sonar unit and the transducer.
Following recommended installation practices will pay off in optimum
performance of your Eagle sonar. Improper installation can cause
problems down the road, especially if the transducer is badly mounted.
After you've read the installation instructions, install the unit and
accessories. Then, read the rest of the manual. The more you know
about your sonar, the better it will work for you.
Take advantage of the Simulator feature. It allows you to practice
operating your sonar before you get it in the water. And when you finally
head for your favorite fishing hole, take this manual along for reference.
Capabilities and Specifications: Cuda Family
General
Case size: .......................... Cuda 128 and Cuda 168: 5.8" H x 4.3" W x
2.5" D (14.7 cm H x 10.8 cm W x 6.6 cm D).
Cuda 168EX: 5.4" H x 6.9" W x 3.4" D (13.8
cm H x 17.6 cm W x 8.6 cm D).
Sealed, waterproof; suitable for saltwater use.
Display:............................ High-contrast Film SuperTwist LCD.
Diagonal viewing area:
Cuda 128 and Cuda 168: 4.0" (10.2 cm).
Cuda 168EX: 4.5" (11.4 cm).
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Resolution:...................... Cuda 128 and Cuda 128 Portable:
128 pixels (vert.) x 65 pixels (horiz.)
resolution; 8,320 total pixels.
Cuda 168 and Cuda 168 EX:
168 pixels (vert.) x 132 pixels (horiz.)
resolution; 22,176 total pixels.
Backlighting:.................. Backlit screen and keypad for night use.
Input power:................... 10 to 17 volts DC.
Current drain: ............... 110 ma lights off; 250 ma lights on.
Back-up memory: .......... Built-in memory stores sonar settings when
unit is turned off.
Sonar
Frequency:...................... 200 kHz.
Transducers: .................. A Skimmer transducer comes packed with
your sonar unit. Its 20° cone angle offers a
wide fish detection area of up to 60º with
high sensitivity settings. Operates at boat
speeds up to 70 mph (61 kts).
Transmitter: ................... 800 watts peak-to-peak; 100 watts RMS.
Sonar sounding
depth capability: ........... 600 feet (180 meters). Actual capability
depends on transducer configuration and
installation, bottom composition and water
conditions. All sonar units typically read
deeper in fresh water than in salt water.
Depth display:................ Continuous digital readout.
Audible alarms: ............. Deep/shallow/fish.
Automatic ranging:....... Yes.
Auto bottom track:........ Yes.
Zoom bottom track: ...... Yes.
Surface water temp: ..... Yes.
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NOTICE!
The storage and operation temperature range for your unit is from
-4 degrees to +167 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees to +75 degrees
Celsius). Extended storage or operation in temperatures higher or
lower than specified will damage the liquid crystal display in your
unit. This type of damage is not covered by the warranty. For more
information, contact the factory's Customer Service Department;
phone numbers are inside the manual's back cover.
Installation Preparations
You can install the sonar system in some other order if you prefer, but
we recommend this installation sequence:
Caution:
You should read over this entire installation section before
drilling any holes in your vessel!
1. Determine the approximate location for the sonar unit, so you can
plan how and where to route the cables for the transducer and power.
This will help you make sure you have enough cable length for the
desired configuration.
2. Determine the approximate location for the transducer and its cable
route.
3. Determine the location of your battery or other power connection,
along with the power cable route.
4. Install the transducer and route the transducer cable to the sonar
unit.
5. Install the power cable and route it to the sonar unit.
6. Mount the sonar unit.
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Transducer Installation
These instructions will help you install your Skimmer transducer on a
transom, on a trolling motor or inside a hull. Please read all
instructions before proceeding with any installation.
Your Skimmer transducer typically comes packaged with a one-piece
stainless steel bracket for mounting it to the transom of your boat. The
optional trolling motor mount uses a one-piece plastic bracket with an
adjustable strap. These are "kick-up" mounting brackets. They help
prevent damage if the transducer strikes an object while the boat is
moving. If the transducer does "kick-up," the bracket can easily be
pushed back into place without tools.
Read these instructions carefully before attempting the installation.
Determine which of the installation methods is right for your boat.
Remember, the transducer installation is the most critical part
of a sonar installation.
Recommended Tools and supplies
If you prefer the option of routing the cable through the transom, you will
need a 5/8" drill bit. The following installation types also call for these
recommended tools and required supplies (supplies are not included):
Transom installation
Tools include: two adjustable wrenches, drill, #29 (0.136") drill bit, flathead screwdriver. Supplies: high quality, marine grade above- or belowwaterline caulking compound.
Trolling motor installations
Tools: two adjustable wrenches, flat-head screwdriver. Supplies: plastic
cable ties.
Shoot-through hull installations
Tools: these will vary depending on your hull's composition. Consult your
boat dealer or manufacturer. Supplies: 100 grit sandpaper, good quality
epoxy adhesive.
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Selecting a Transducer Location
1. The transducer must be placed in a location that has a smooth flow of
water at all times. If the transducer is to be mounted inside the hull,
then the chosen location must be in the water at all times. If the
transducer is not placed in a smooth flow of water, interference
caused by bubbles and turbulence will show on the sonar's display in
the form of random lines or dots whenever the boat is moving.
NOTE:
Some aluminum boats with strakes or ribs on the outside of the
hull create large amounts of turbulence at high speed. These boats
typically have large outboard motors capable of propelling the boat
at speeds faster than 35 mph. Typically, a good location on
aluminum boats is between the ribs closest to the engine.
2. The transducer should be installed with its face pointing straight
down, if possible.
3. If the transducer is mounted on the transom, make sure it doesn't
interfere with the trailer or hauling of the boat. Also, don't mount it
closer than approximately one foot from the engine's lower unit. This
will prevent cavitation (bubble) interference with propeller operation.
4. If possible, route the transducer cable away from other wiring on the
boat. Electrical noise from engine wiring, bilge pumps and aerators
can be displayed on the sonar's screen. Use caution when routing the
transducer cable around these wires.
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CAUTION: Clamp the
transducer cable to transom
near the transducer. This will
help prevent the transducer
from entering the boat if it is
knocked off at high speed.
Good location
Poor location
Good
location
Good location
Poor angle
Good and poor transducer locations.
How low should you go?
For most situations, you should install your Skimmer transducer so
that its centerline is level with the bottom of the boat hull. This will
usually give you the best combination of smooth water flow and
protection from bangs and bumps.
Transom
Transducer
centerline
Hull bottom
Align transducer centerline with hull bottom.
However, there are times when you may need to adjust the transducer
slightly higher or lower. (The slots in the mounting brackets allow you
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to loosen the screws and slide the transducer up or down.) If you
frequently lose bottom signal lock while running at high speed, the
transducer may be coming out of the water as you cross waves or
wakes. Move the transducer a little lower to help prevent this.
If you cruise or fish around lots of structure and cover, your transducer
may be frequently kicking up from object strikes. If you wish, you may
move the transducer a little higher for more protection.
There are two extremes you should avoid. Never let the edge of the
mounting bracket extend below the bottom of the hull. Never let the
bottom – the face – of the transducer rise above the bottom of the hull.
Shoot-thru-hull vs. Transom Mounting
Typically, shoot-thru-hull installations give excellent high speed
operation and good to excellent depth capability. There is no possibility
of damage from floating objects. It can't be knocked off when docking or
loading on the trailer.
However, the shoot-thru-hull installation does have its drawbacks.
First, some loss of sensitivity does occur, even on the best hulls. This
varies from hull to hull, even from different installations on the same
hull. This is caused by differences in hull lay-up and construction.
Second, the transducer angle cannot be adjusted for the best fish
arches. This can be a problem on some hulls that sit with the bow high
when at rest or at slow trolling speeds. Follow the procedure listed in
the shoot-thru-hull installation section at the end of this lesson to
determine if you can satisfactorily shoot through the hull.
TRANSOM TRANSDUCER ASSEMBLY AND MOUNTING
The best way to install the transducer is to loosely assemble all of the
parts first, place the transducer's bracket against the transom and see if
you can move the transducer so that it's parallel with the ground.
1. Assembling the bracket. Press the two small plastic ratchets into the
sides of the metal bracket as shown in the following illustration. Notice
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there are letters molded into each ratchet. Place each ratchet into the
bracket with the letter "A" aligned with the dot stamped into the metal
bracket. This position sets the transducer's coarse angle adjustment for a
14° transom. Most outboard and stern-drive transoms have a 14° angle.
Dot
Align plastic ratchets in bracket.
2. Aligning the transducer on the transom. Slide the transducer
between the two ratchets. Temporarily slide the bolt though the
transducer assembly and hold it against the transom. Looking at the
transducer from the side, check to see if it will adjust so that its face
is parallel to the ground. If it does, then the "A" position is correct for
your hull.
If the transducer's face isn't parallel with the ground, remove the
transducer and ratchets from the bracket. Place the ratchets into the
holes in the bracket with the letter "B" aligned with the dot stamped
in the bracket.
Reassemble the transducer and bracket and place them against the
transom. Again, check to see if you can move the transducer so it's
parallel with the ground. If you can, then go to step 3. If it doesn't,
repeat step 2, but use a different alignment letter until you can place
the transducer on the transom correctly.
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Ratchets
Insert bolt and check transducer position on transom.
3. Assembling the transducer. Once you determine the correct
position for the ratchets, assemble the transducer as shown in the
following figure. Don't tighten the lock nut at this time.
Metal
washer
Nut
Rubber
washers
Metal washer
Bolt
Assemble transducer and bracket.
4. Drilling mounting holes. Hold the transducer and bracket assembly
against the transom. The transducer should be roughly parallel to the
ground. The transducer's centerline should be in line with the bottom
of the hull. Don't let the bracket extend below the hull!
Mark the center of each slot for the mounting screw pilot holes. You
will drill one hole in the center of each slot.
Drill the holes using the #29 bit (for the #10 screws).
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Transom
Transom
Position transducer mount on transom and mark mounting holes.
Side view shown at left and seen from above at right.
5. Attaching transducer to transom. Remove the transducer from
the bracket and re-assemble it with the cable passing through the
bracket over the bolt as shown in the following figures.
Route cable over bolt and through bracket. Side view shown at left and
seen from above at right.
Attach the transducer to the transom. Slide the transducer up or
down until it's aligned properly with the bottom of the hull as shown
in the preceding and following figures. Tighten the bracket's
mounting screws, sealing them with the caulking compound.
Adjust the transducer so that it's parallel to the ground and tighten
the nut until it touches the outer washer, then add 1/4 turn. Don't
over tighten the lock nut! If you do, the transducer won't "kick-up" if
it strikes an object in the water.
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Bottom
of
hull
Deep-"vee" hull
Flat-bottom hull
Align transducer centerline with hull bottom and attach to transom.
6. Route the transducer cable through or over the transom to
the sonar unit. Make sure to leave some slack in the cable at the
transducer. If possible, route the transducer cable away from other
wiring on the boat. Electrical noise from the engine's wiring, bilge
pumps, VHF radio wires and cables, and aerators can be picked up by
the sonar. Use caution when routing the transducer cable around
these wires.
WARNING:
Clamp the transducer cable to the transom close to the
transducer. This can prevent the transducer from
entering the boat if it is knocked off at high speed.
If you need to drill a hole in the transom to pass the connector through,
the required hole size is 5/8".
Caution:
If you drill a hole in the transom for the cable, make sure it is
located above the waterline. After installation, be sure to seal the
hole with the same marine grade above- or below-waterline
sealant used for the mounting screws.
7. Make a test run to determine the results. If the bottom is lost at
high speed, or if noise appears on the display, try sliding the
transducer bracket down. This puts the transducer deeper into the
water, hopefully below the turbulence causing the noise. Don't allow
the transducer bracket to go below the bottom of the hull!
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TROLLING MOTOR BRACKET INSTALLATION
1. Attach the optional TMB-S bracket to the transducer as shown in the
following figure, using the hardware supplied with the transducer.
(Note: The internal tooth washer is supplied with the TMB-S.)
Bolt
Internal tooth washer
TMB-S bracket
Nut
Flat washer
Attach motor mounting bracket to transducer.
2. Slide the adjustable strap supplied with the TMB-S through the slot
in the transducer bracket and wrap it around the trolling motor.
Position the transducer to aim straight down when the motor is in
the water. Tighten the strap securely.
3. Route the transducer cable alongside the trolling motor shaft. Use
plastic ties (not included) to attach the transducer cable to the
trolling motor shaft. Make sure there is enough slack in the cable for
the motor to turn freely. Route the cable to the sonar unit and the
transducer is ready for use.
Transducer mounted on trolling motor, side view.
TRANSDUCER ORIENTATION AND FISH ARCHES
If you do not get good fish arches on your display, it could be because
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the transducer is not parallel with the ground when the boat is at rest
in the water or at slow trolling speeds.
Partial fish arches
Transducer aimed
too far forward
Transducer aimed
too far back
Full fish arch
Proper transducer angle
Transducer angles and their effects on fish arches.
If the arch slopes up – but not back down – then the front of the
transducer is too high and needs to be lowered. If only the back half of
the arch is printed, then the nose of the transducer is angled too far
down and needs to be raised.
NOTE:
Periodically wash the transducer's face with soap and water to
remove any oil film. Oil and dirt on the face will reduce the
sensitivity or may even prevent operation.
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SHOOT-THRU-HULL PREPARATION
The transducer installation inside a fiberglass hull must be in an area
that does not have air bubbles in the resin or separated fiberglass
layers. The sonar signal must pass through solid fiberglass. A
successful transducer installation can be made on hulls with flotation
materials (such as plywood, balsa wood or foam) between layers of
fiberglass if the material is removed from the chosen area.
Fill with epoxy
Flotation material
Inner hull
Epoxy to hull first
Outer hull
Epoxy the transducer to a solid portion of the hull.
For example, some (but not all) manufacturers use a layer of fiberglass,
then a core of balsa wood, finishing with an outer layer of fiberglass.
Removing the inner layer of fiberglass and the balsa wood core exposes
the outer layer of fiberglass. The transducer can then be epoxied
directly to the outer layer of fiberglass. After the epoxy cures, the hull
is watertight and structurally sound. Remember, the sonar signal must
pass through solid fiberglass. Any air bubbles in the fiberglass or the
epoxy will reduce or eliminate the sonar signals.
WARNING:
Do not remove any material from your inner hull unless
you know the hull's composition. Careless grinding or
cutting on your hull can result in damage that could sink
your boat. Contact your boat dealer or manufacturer to
confirm your hull specifications.
To choose the proper location for thru-hull mounting, anchor the boat in
60 feet of water. Add a little water to the sump of the boat. Plug the
transducer into the sonar unit, turn it on, then hold the transducer over
the side of the boat. Adjust the sensitivity and range controls until a
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second bottom echo is seen on the display. (You will need to turn off both
automatic and ASP.) Don't touch the controls once they've been set.
Next, take the transducer out of the water and place it in the water in
the sump of the boat. Observe the sonar signal to see if there is a
noticeable decrease in sensitivity. The second bottom signal may
disappear and the bottom signal may decrease in intensity.
Move the transducer around to find the best location. If the sensitivity
control must be increased greatly to compensate, then the transducer
should be mounted on the outside of the hull. If not, then mark the
location that shot through the hull the best and follow the instructions
on the following pages for a shoot-thru-hull mounting.
Transducer location
(trolling speed)
Transducer location
(high speed)
Shoot-thru-hull transducer locations for
high speed or trolling speed operation.
Shoot-thru-hull Installation
1. Make sure the area is clean, dry and free of oil or grease, then sand
both the inside surface of the hull and the face of the transducer with
100 grit sandpaper. The surface of the hull must be flat so the entire
transducer face is in contact with the hull prior to bonding.
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Spread epoxy here
Sand this surface
Epoxy transducer to hull.
2. Follow the instructions on the epoxy package and mix it thoroughly.
Do not mix it too fast, because it will cause bubbles to form in the
epoxy. Apply a small amount on the face of the transducer as shown
above, then spread a small amount onto the sanded area on the hull.
Place the transducer into the epoxy, twisting and turning it to force
any air bubbles out from under the transducer face. The face of the
transducer should be parallel with the hull, with a minimum amount
of epoxy between the hull and transducer. After the epoxy dries,
route the cable to the sonar unit.
POWER AND CABLE CONNECTIONS
The unit works from a 12-volt battery system. For the best results,
attach the power cable directly to the battery. You can attach the power
cable to an accessory or power buss, however you may have problems
with electrical interference. Therefore, it's safer to go ahead and attach
the power cable directly to the battery.
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CAUTION:
When using the unit in a saltwater environment, we strongly
recommend that you shut off the power supply to the power cable
when the unit is not in use. When the unit is turned off but still
connected to a power supply, electrolysis can occur in the power
cable plug. This may result in corrosion of the plug body along with
the electrical contacts in the cable and the unit's power socket.
In saltwater environments we recommend you connect the power
cable to the auxiliary power switch included in most boat designs.
If that results in electrical interference, or if such a switch is not
available, we recommend connecting direct to the battery and
installing an inline switch. This will let you shut off power to the
power cable when the unit is not in use. When you are not using
the unit, you should always shut off power to the power cable,
especially when the power cable is disconnected from the unit.
Optional power off switch
for saltwater installations
To unit
Black wire
12 volt
battery
Red wire with
3 amp fuse
Power and transducer connections for the Cuda family sonar
units (direct battery connection shown).
If possible, keep the power cable away from other boat wiring,
especially the engine's wires. This will provide the best isolation from
electrical noise. If the cable is not long enough, splice #18 gauge wire
onto it. The power cable has two wires, red and black. Red is the
positive lead, black is negative or ground. Make sure to attach the inline fuse holder to the red lead as close to the power source as possible.
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For example, if you have to extend the power cable to the battery or
power buss, attach one end of the fuse holder directly to the battery or
power buss. This will protect both the unit and the power cable in the
event of a short. It uses a 3-amp fuse.
CAUTION:
Do not use this product without a 3-amp fuse wired into the power
cable! Failure to use a 3-amp fuse will void your warranty.
This unit has reverse polarity protection. No damage will occur if the
power wires are reversed. However, the unit will not work until the
wires are attached correctly.
MOUNTING THE SONAR UNIT: In-Dash or Bracket
You can install the sonar unit on the top of a dash with the supplied
bracket. It can also be installed in the dash with an optional dashmounting kit (FM-5 mount kit for Cuda 168EX, FM-6 mount kit for all
others covered in this manual).
In-Dash Installation
For the Cuda 168EX
The following figure shows dimensions for in-dash mounting a Cuda
168EX. The in-dash adapter kit includes a template for cutting the
mounting hole and complete installation directions on instruction sheet
988-0147-43.
NOTE:
The Cuda 168EX needs only one cable, but some of the other
products covered by the FM-5 instruction sheet use more. When
installing your unit, use the instructions for the transducer cable
and ignore references to any others.
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146.5
[5.76]
Top
R 7.9
[0.31]
In-Dash
Template
113.5
[4.46]
Millimeters
[Inches]
ALWAYS VERIFY DIMENSIONS
In-dash mounting template for Cuda 168EX, showing dimensions.
NOTE: The preceding figure is not printed to scale. A scaled template
is available for free download from our web site, www.eaglesonar.com.
For the Cuda 128 and Cuda 168
The Cuda 128 and Cuda 168 both use the same case and can be mounted
in-dash using the removable scaled template inside the back cover of this
manual (page 55). The FM-6 mount kit includes the necessary materials,
but the instructions only appear here in this manual.
Please read all the instructions before proceeding. NOTE: Recommended
tools for this job include: jig saw, drill, drill bit (for starting hole).
1. Select the desired mounting location. Make sure there is enough room
behind the dash to attach the unit's cable. The case is approximately
1-3/4" (45 mm) behind the mounting surface. You also need to allow an
additional 1" (25 mm) for the power/transducer cable and connector.
2. Cut or tear out the template in the back of this manual (page 55) and
tape it to the dash. Begin the cutout by drilling a starter hole near the
center of the template. Use a drill bit big enough for the jigsaw blade.
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3. Slip your saw blade into the starter hole and then cut along the
outside line. Be careful when working around the corners, because
there is little room for error.
4. Remove the backing from one side of the double-sided mounting tape
contained in the mounting kit. Apply it to the outer ledge on the back
of your unit. Starting at the bottom center, work the tape around all
four sides of the unit. Cut off any excess tape when finished.
5. Attach the power/transducer cable to the back of the unit.
6. Remove the backing from the exposed side of the tape. Carefully
place the unit into the dash cutout. Press down firmly around the
entire outer edge to make sure the unit is secured to the dash.
Top
ALWAYS VERIFY DIMENSIONS.
Cut along this line
In-dash mounting template for Cuda 128 and Cuda 168. NOTE: This figure
is not printed to scale. See the back of this manual for a scaled template
copy you can tear out and use. Manual is available on our web site.
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Bracket Installation
Mount the unit in any convenient location, provided there is clearance
when it’s tilted for the best viewing angle. You should also make sure
there is enough room behind the unit to attach the power/transducer
cable. (See the following drawings, which show the dimensions of a
gimbal-mounted Cuda 168EX sonar unit and a Cuda 128 or 168.)
Holes in the bracket’s base allow wood screw or through-bolt mounting.
You may need to place a piece of plywood on the back side of thin
panels to reinforce the panel and secure the mounting hardware.
72.9
[2.87]
173.9
[6.85]
23.4
[0.92]
137.9
[5.43]
157.9
[6.22]
56.9
Millimeter
[2.24]
[Inch]
Front view (left) and side view (right) showing dimensions of Cuda
168EX when mounted on gimbal bracket.
Drill a 5/8" (15.9 mm) hole in the dash for the power/transducer cable.
The best location for this hole is immediately under the gimbal bracket
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location. This way, the bracket can be installed so that it covers the
hole, holds the cable in position and results in a neat installation. Some
customers, however, prefer to mount the bracket to the side of the cable
hole — it's a matter of personal preference. After drilling the hole, pass
the connector up through the hole from under the dash.
82.7
[3.26]
107.5
[4.23]
156
[6.26]
12.09 [0.48]
76.9
Millimeter
70.3
[3.03]
[Inch]
[2.77]
Front view (left) and side view (right) showing dimensions of the other
Cuda family sonar units when mounted on quick release bracket.
If you wish, you can fill in the hole around the cable with a good marine
caulking compound. (Some marine dealers stock cable hole covers to
conceal the opening.) No matter what type of installation you prefer, be
sure to leave enough slack in the cable to allow tilting or swiveling the unit.
For the Cuda 168EX
If you choose to fill in the cable hole, be sure to position the cable against
the rear edge of the hole as you apply the fill material.
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Before positioning the gimbal bracket, be sure to hold the cable against
the rear edge of the hole. Then, slide the bracket over the hole and butt
the rear of the bracket base firmly against the cable, thus pinning it in
place against the side of the hole. Finally, fasten the bracket to the dash.
Front
Install the gimbal bracket. Orient the bracket so the arms slope toward
the front of your unit.
Attach the unit to the gimbal bracket using the supplied gimbal knobs
and washers. Slide the rubber washers onto the gimbal knobs then
loosely screw the knobs into their sockets. Slide the unit into the
bracket with the rubber washers to the outside of the bracket arms. Tilt
the unit to the desired viewing angle and tighten the knobs finger tight.
For the Cuda 128 and Cuda 168
These units use a quick release mounting bracket. When you run the
cable through the hole, make sure you allow enough slack for tilting the
unit and attaching the connector. (The snug fit of the push-on
waterproof connector requires some force to attach.)
Align the bracket over the cable hole with the cable slots facing away
from you and fit the cable through one of the slots. Fasten the bracket
to the dash using the three screw holes.
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Ratchet
Rear
(away from viewer)
Screw hole
Power/transducer cable
Cable slot
Cuda 128 and 168 quick release mounting bracket. Slots in the base
allow routing the cable from beneath the mount.
Attach the unit to the bracket by first connecting the power/transducer
cable. Then, hold the sonar unit vertically and slide it onto the bracket
from above. (The back of the unit should be touching the front of the
bracket as you lower it into position.) As you push down, the unit will
lock into place with a distinct click.
To adjust the viewing angle, pinch the ratchets with one hand, then tilt
the unit with your other hand. Release the ratchets and the unit locks
into the new position. To dismount the unit for storage, press the
ratchets and lift the unit off the bracket.
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Bracket front
Mount the sonar: slide the unit onto the bracket from above.
Depress
ratchets to
release
Adjust viewing angle: use one hand to press and release the springloaded ratchets while you move the unit with the other hand.
Portable Sonar Installation
Like many Eagle products, the Cuda sonar family is capable of portable
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operation. The Cuda 168EX uses the optional PPP-13 portable power
pack. The Cuda 128 and Cuda 168 use the optional PPP-12 portable
power pack. In fact, the Cuda 128 Portable package includes the PPP12 and the transducer necessary for portable use.
The power pack and portable or floating transducers expand the uses
for your sonar. You can use your Cuda sonar unit on your boat or take
it to the dock, on a float tube, on an ice fishing trip or use it as a second
sonar in a friend's boat.
The PPP-12 or PPP-13 package includes the power pack, battery adapter
and a portable transducer. Batteries are not included. Each power pack
has a storage compartment for the portable transducer. The PPP-12 can be
used with eight AA alkaline batteries. The PPP-13 can be used with eight
D alkaline batteries or an optional sealed, rechargeable battery.
To use a portable power pack, you simply install the batteries and then
attach the sonar unit to the power pack's bracket. Plug in the
power/transducer cable and you're ready to fish.
(The PPP-12 has a quick-release mounting bracket built into the case.
The PPP-13 requires you to attach the gimbal bracket to the case and
then attach the sonar unit to the bracket with the supplied washers
and knobs.)
Installing the Batteries
Release the latch on the front of the battery case. Open the
compartment and install either an optional rechargeable battery, eight
D batteries or eight AA batteries into the adapter. For the longest life,
we recommend you use alkaline batteries.
NOTE:
When the unit is not in use, we recommend you unplug the power
connector to reduce the possibility of corrosion or battery drain.
When you store the unit, always remove the batteries because dead
batteries can leak and corrode the contacts.
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After installing the batteries, close the case and plug the sonar unit's
power cable into the socket on the battery case.
"D" cell battery
Install batteries in power case battery adapter. PPP-13 shown.
Turn the sonar unit on. If it doesn't work, make sure the battery
terminals are making good contact against the battery contacts. Also
check the wiring connections on the battery adapter. The red wire on
the power cable should be attached to the red wire on the battery
adapter and the power cable's black wire should be connected to the
black wire on the battery adapter.
If it still doesn't work, check the battery voltage. Most of the complaints
we receive about portable units result from stale batteries. Make sure
the ones you buy are fresh.
In cold weather the efficiency of dry cell batteries drops with the
temperature. We find it a good idea to have the sonar unit good and
warm along with the batteries before we leave home.
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If the batteries do lose a charge, you can sometimes restore them by
placing them in a warm room or car interior. A better way is to replace
them with batteries that have been kept warm.
WARNING:
Never heat the batteries over an open flame or direct hot
air onto them. A fire or explosion could result.
Portable Transducer Assembly
Recommended tools for installation include a slotted screw driver and
two adjustable wrenches.
Assemble the transducer and bracket as shown in the following figure.
Attach the transducer to the bracket with the supplied hardware.
Make sure there is one washer on each side of the transducer, inside
the bracket. Slide the other washer over the end of the bolt and thread
the nut onto it.
Screw the suction cup onto the bracket using the supplied screw and flat
washer. Tie the nylon cord through the hole in the top of the bracket.
When using this transducer, tie the other end of the nylon cord to the boat.
This will help prevent the loss of the transducer if it comes off the boat.
Tie
nylon
cord
here
Suction
cup
Bolt
Washer
Screw
Nut
Washer
Transducer
Portable transducer assembly: rear view (left) and side view (right.)
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Clean the chosen area of the hull before attaching the suction cup.
Locate the transducer on the hull as shown in the following figure.
Don't allow the bracket to extend below the hull, because water
pressure against it can cause the suction cup to come off at speed.
Moisten the cup, then press it onto the hull as firmly as possible. Tie
the nylon cord to the boat and route the transducer cable to the sonar
unit. Your portable sonar is now ready for use.
Suction
cup
Bracket
Hull
Transducer
Portable transducer installed on boat transom.
NOTE:
For optimum operation, the portable transducer should be adjusted
so that it is parallel to the ground. For more information on this,
see the earlier segment on Transducer Orientation and Fish
Arches.
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Operation
KEYBOARD BASICS
The unit sounds a tone when you press any key. This tells you the unit
has accepted a command. Numbers in the following photos correspond
to key explanations in the following pages.:
4
2
3
2
1
1
4
3
Cuda 128 and Cuda 168EX Sonars, front view, each
showing screen and keyboard.
1. PWR/CLEAR (power and clear)
This key appears in the manual text simply as PWR. Press this key to
turn the unit on and off. It also clears menu selections and the menus
from the screen. To clear a menu from the screen, press PWR one time.
NOTE:
You must hold the PWR key down for a countdown of five in order to
turn the unit off.
2. MENU UP (menu up)
3. MENU DOWN (menu down)
These keys appear in the manual text as MENU UP or MENU DOWN. Most
of the time, the instructions require you to press either menu key, so
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the text simply uses the word MENU. Usually, when we say MENU, you
can simply press the MENU UP key for consistency.
This sonar unit has many features that are accessed with the menu
keys. The MENU UP key moves up or forward through the menus, the
MENU DOWN key moves down or backward. To see the first menu,
simply press either MENU key. To see the other menus, press a MENU
key repeatedly to cycle through the menu list.
4. UP and DOWN ARROWS
These keys appear in the manual text as DOWN ARROW or UP ARROW. Use
these keys to adjust virtually every feature and function on the sonar unit.
MEMORY
This unit has permanent memory that saves the following user settings
when power is turned off: Units of Measure, Fish Alarm, Temp Size,
Depth Size, Fish I.D. mode, Noise Reject mode, Display Contrast,
Shallow and Deep alarms. It does not require, nor does it use an internal
backup battery, so you never have to worry about replacement batteries.
MENUS
This unit uses menus to guide you through the various functions and
features. Menu names and settings appear in the manual text as small
capital letters like SENSITIVITY, which represents the Sensitivity menu.
The menu keys access these features, allowing you to customize the unit to
your particular needs and water conditions. All you have to do to leave one
menu and enter another is press MENU repeatedly. If you ever get lost in
the menus, simply press the PWR key. This clears the menus from the
screen.
Menus change depending on the mode the unit is in. Messages may appear
in menu boxes or new menus can appear, depending on previous
selections.
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Menu
This screen shows a typical menu, the Scroll Speed menu.
DISPLAY – Opening Screen
The lights flash for about 20 seconds when the unit is turned on. The
backlight menu first appears on the screen. To turn the lights on, press
UP ARROW. If you don’t press a key, the menu will disappear after a few
seconds. If you don't want to wait, press PWR to clear the menus from
the screen.
When the sonar unit is first turned on and the backlight menu
disappears, the display screen shows the Full Chart Page, or mode. The
Fish I.D. fish symbol feature is on. The depth range shows on the
depth scale on the left side of the screen. In the following figure, the
screen shows a depth range from 0 to 80 feet and the bottom depth is
36.9 feet, shown by the digital sonar. The water temperature is 34.5° F.
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Digital depth
Surface signal
Water Temp
Fish symbols
Bottom signal
Structure
or cover
Depth range
at bottom of
depth scale
Grayline
Opening screen, Full Chart page, or mode. The factory default setting
has the Fish I.D. (fish symbols) turned on.
CHART SCROLL (stopping and starting)
In normal operation, the sonar chart will scroll from right to left across
the screen. You can stop the chart from scrolling across the screen. This
is useful when you want to "freeze" the picture to study it more closely.
To stop the chart, press MENU until the SCROLL SPEED menu appears. Use
the DOWN ARROW to select MIN. The menu remains visible and a
stationary "Stop" message appears in the screen's top right corner.
To resume scrolling, use the UP ARROW to select MAX (or any speed
other than minimum), then press PWR to clear the menu. For most
fishing conditions you should return the chart to maximum speed.
(Read more about this in the later entry on Chart Scroll Speed.)
NOTE:
You cannot clear the menu until you raise the chart speed again. If
you accidentally press PWR to clear the menu while the chart is
stopped, you must press MENU until the SCROLL SPEED menu
reappears, then follow the instructions from the preceding
paragraph.
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Sonar chart with scrolling stopped.
FULL CHART
This shows all echoes scrolling across the full screen. This is the default
page. The bottom signal scrolls across the screen from right to left. The
line at the top of the screen represents the surface. The bottom depth
(as determined by the digital sonar) shows in the upper left corner.
Digital depth
Surface clutter
Water Temp
Bait fish
Structure
or cover
Bottom signal
Fish arches
Depth range
at bottom of
depth scale
Grayline
Full Chart page, showing digital depth (above) and temp (below). The
Fish I.D. feature is turned off.
If the transducer with a built-in temperature sensor is connected, a
digital display for water temperature will also be shown. This
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temperature display can be turned on and off. See the later entry on
Temperature Size for off and on instructions
DEPTH RANGE ZOOM (automatic and manual)
When turned on, the unit automatically adjusts the
range according to water conditions. When in auto
mode, it always keeps the bottom displayed in the
portion of the screen. You can over-ride the automatic
range control and manually select a depth range.
depth
range
lower
depth
To do this, press MENU until the RANGE ZOOM menu appears. Press the
DOWN ARROW to select MANUAL, then press MENU UP to display the
RANGE SIZE menu. Use the arrow keys to select a desired depth range.
When you're finished, press PWR to clear the menu from the display.
This unit has the following depth ranges: 10, 20, 40, 80, 160, 320 and
640 feet.
Range Size menu with manual depth range set to 40 feet. This in effect
"zooms" or enlarges the display to show the water column from 0 to 40
feet deep. In this figure, the boat is in 57.5 feet of water, but only the
top 40 feet of the water column is shown on the screen.
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ZOOM
The zoom feature enlarges all images on the screen by
doubling the size of the echoes (a 2X zoom). For example, if
the current auto depth range is 0 to 60 feet, Zoom will show
an enlarged view of the water column from 30 feet to 60 feet,
always keeping the bottom in view.
To zoom the display, press the MENU key until the ZOOM menu appears.
Press the UP ARROW key to select ON, then press PWR to clear the
menu.
You can tell when the display is in Zoom mode because the top depth
scale on the left of the screen will no longer show zero. For example, if
the current range is 0 to 80 feet with zoom off, switching to zoom would
enlarge the water column from 40 feet to 80 feet. The number 40 (instead
of zero) would appear at the top of the depth range scale.
To turn the zoom feature off, press the MENU key until the ZOOM menu
appears. Press the DOWN ARROW key to select OFF, then press PWR to
clear the menu. The top of the depth range scale returns to zero.
NOTE:
Using the Zoom command while in auto depth Range Zoom mode
will always enlarge the echoes near the bottom, because auto Range
always keeps the bottom displayed in the lower portion of the
screen.
When you Zoom while the unit is in manual depth Range Zoom
mode, you can select one of 13 pre-set Zoom Sizes. This lets you
enlarge some other particular segment of the water column.
To do this, first make sure the depth Range Zoom is in manual
mode. (See previous instructions for Depth Range Zoom.) Next,
press the MENU key until the ZOOM menu appears. Press the UP
ARROW key to select ON, then press MENU UP to display the ZOOM SIZE
menu.
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Use the arrow keys to select a desired zoom size. When you're
finished, press PWR to clear the menu from the display.
Enlarged fish arches
Zoom Size menu with the 5-15 foot zoom selected. The boat is in 28 feet
of water, but the screen has zoomed in on the water column from 5 to
15 feet below the surface.
You can select from these zoom size ranges: 0-10, 5-15, 10-20, 1530, 20-40, 30-60, 40-80, 60-120, 80-160, 120-140, 160-320, 240-480
and 320-640.
SENSITIVITY
Sensitivity controls the unit's ability to pick up echoes. If you
want to see more detail, try increasing the sensitivity, a little
at a time. There are situations when too much clutter
appears on the screen. Decreasing the sensitivity can reduce
the clutter and show the strongest fish echoes, if fish are
present. As you change the sensitivity setting, you can see the
difference on the chart as it scrolls.
You can change the sensitivity level whether you are in Auto Sensitivity
mode or Manual Sensitivity mode. The adjustment method works the
same in both modes, but it gives you slightly different results.
Adjusting sensitivity in Auto Sensitivity Mode is similar to manually
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adjusting a car's speed with the accelerator pedal while cruise control is
on. You can tell the car to run faster, but when you let off the gas the
cruise control automatically keeps you from running slower than the
minimum speed setting.
In your unit, auto mode will let you increase sensitivity to 100 percent, but
the unit will limit your minimum setting. This prevents you from turning
sensitivity down too low to allow automatic bottom tracking. When you
change the setting with auto turned on, the unit will continue to track the
bottom and make minor adjustments to the sensitivity level, with a bias
toward the setting you selected.
Adjusting sensitivity in Manual Sensitivity Mode is similar to driving a
car without cruise control — you have complete manual control of the
car's speed. In your unit, manual mode allows you to set sensitivity at
100 percent (maximum) or zero percent (minimum.) Depending on
water and bottom conditions, the bottom signal may completely
disappear from the screen when you reduce sensitivity to about 45
percent or less!
Try adjusting sensitivity in both auto and manual modes to see how
they work.
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Bait
school
Fig. 2
Fig. 1
Fish
arches
Fig. 3
Fig. 4
These figures show results of different sensitivity levels on the same
location. Fig. 1: Sensitivity at 98 percent, determined by Auto
Sensitivity. Typical of full auto mode. Fig. 2: Sensitivity set at 71
percent. Fig. 3: Sensitivity set at 47 percent. Fig. 4: Sensitivity set at
100 percent.
To adjust sensitivity:
Press MENU until the SENSITIVITY ADJUSTMENT menu appears. Press
UP ARROW to increase the sensitivity, DOWN ARROW to decrease
it. When it's set at the desired level, press PWR to clear the
menu.
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The sensitivity percentage in use shows in this menu. As you change the
setting, echoes scrolling onto the screen will show the effects of the change. If
you reach the maximum or minimum sensitivity level, a tone sounds
alerting you to the limits.
NOTE:
If you want to change the sensitivity in Manual Mode,
first turn off Auto Sensitivity: press MENU until the
SENSITIVITY AUTOMATIC/MANUAL menu appears. Press DOWN
ARROW to select MANUAL, then press PWR to clear the menu.
To adjust the sensitivity, follow the same steps used for
adjusting sensitivity in auto mode above.
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GRAYLINE
Grayline lets you distinguish between strong and weak
echoes. It "paints" gray on targets that are stronger than a
preset value. This allows you to tell the difference between a
hard and soft bottom. For example, a soft, muddy or weedy
bottom returns a weaker signal which is shown with a
narrow or no gray line. A hard bottom returns a strong
signal which causes a wide gray line.
If you have two signals of equal size, one with gray and the other
without, then the target with gray is the stronger signal. This helps
distinguish weeds from trees on the bottom, or fish from structure.
Grayline is adjustable. The factory default for this unit is 72 percent.
Since Grayline shows the difference between strong and weak signals,
adjusting the sensitivity may also require a different Grayline level.
The level chosen by the sonar unit at power on is usually adequate for
most conditions. Experiment with your unit to find the Grayline setting
that's best for you.
To change the Grayline level, press MENU until the GRAYLINE menu appears.
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Wider
Grayline
Thin or no Grayline
At left, little Grayline indicates a soft bottom, probably sand or mud.
At right, the wider Grayline indicates a harder, rocky bottom.
Press UP ARROW to increase the level or press DOWN ARROW to
decrease it. The percentage of Grayline in use shows in this menu.
Echoes scrolling onto the screen will also show the effects of the
Grayline change. If you reach the maximum or minimum level, a tone
sounds alerting you to the limits. Press PWR to clear the menu.
FISH I.D.
The Fish I.D. feature identifies targets that meet certain conditions
as fish. The microcomputer analyses all echoes and eliminates surface
clutter, thermoclines and other signals that are undesirable. In most
instances, remaining targets are fish.
The Fish I.D. feature displays symbols on the screen in place of the
actual fish echoes. There are three symbol sizes: small, medium and
large. These show the relative size between targets. In other words, it
displays a small fish symbol when it thinks a target is a small fish, a
medium fish symbol on a larger target and so forth.
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Fish
arches
Fish I.D.
symbols
At left, underwater scene in normal fish arch mode. Right, Fish I.D.
menu with the feature turned on.
Fish I.D. is an easier way for a sonar novice to recognize a fishy signal
return when he sees it. However, locating fish by symbol only has some
limitations.
Your sonar unit's microcomputer is sophisticated, but it can be fooled. It
can't distinguish between fish and other suspended objects such as
trotlines, turtles, submerged floats, air bubbles, etc. Individual tree limbs
extending outward from a group of limbs are the hardest objects for the
Fish I.D. feature to distinguish from fish.
To see what's under your boat in maximum detail, we recommend you
turn off Fish I.D. and begin learning to interpret fish arches.
You may see Fish I.D. symbols on the screen when actually, there are no fish.
The reverse is also true — Fish I.D. can actually miss fish that are present.
Does that mean Fish I.D. is broken? No — the feature is simply
interpreting sonar returns in a specific way to help take some of the work
out of reading the screen. Remember: Fish I.D. is one of the many tools
we provide so you can analyze your sonar returns for maximum fish
finding information. This and other features can help you successfully
"see" beneath the boat under varied water and fishing conditions. So,
practice with the unit in both the Fish I.D. mode and without to become
more familiar with the feature. This unit's default Fish I.D. setting is on.
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Fish I.D. is most handy when you're in another part of the boat or
performing some task that prevents you from watching the sonar
screen. Then, you can turn on Fish I.D. and the audible FISH ALARM.
When that lunker swims under your boat, you'll hear it!
Fish I.D. can also be useful when you want to screen out some of the
sonar detail gathered by your unit. For example, it can help cut through
the clutter of suspended bubbles caused by wave action or boat wakes.
To turn Fish I.D. off, press MENU until the FISH ID menu appears. Press
DOWN ARROW to select OFF, then press PWR. To turn it back on, repeat
the above steps, but press UP ARROW to select ON.
FISHTRACK™
The FishTrack feature shows the depth of a fish symbol when it
appears on the display. To turn it on, press MENU until the FISH ID menu
appears. Press UP ARROW to select TRACK ON, then press PWR. To turn it
off, repeat the above steps, but press DOWN ARROW to select OFF. (If you
want to turn off FishTrack depths but leave Fish I.D. on, press DOWN
ARROW to select ON, then press PWR.) Remember, Fish I.D. must be on
in order to use the FishTrack feature.
Fish I.D. symbols
showing FishTrack
depth indicator
Fish ID menu and symbol with FishTrack on. The fish is 44 feet deep.
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CHART SCROLL SPEED
The rate that echoes scroll across the screen is called the
chart scroll speed. The default for this unit is "max" (100
percent); we recommend that you leave the scroll speed set
there for virtually all fishing conditions.
However, you might consider experimenting with chart
speed when you are stationary or drifting very slowly. You
may sometimes achieve better images as you slow down the chart speed
to match how fast you are moving across the bottom.
If you are at anchor, ice fishing or fishing from a dock, experiment with
a chart speed of 20 percent. If you are drifting slowly, try a chart speed
of 50 percent. When you are stationary and a fish swims through the
sonar signal cone, the image appears on the screen as a long line
instead of a fish arch. Reducing the chart speed may result in a shorter
line that more closely resembles a regular fish return.
Adjust scroll speed by pressing MENU until SCROLL SPEED appears. Press
UP ARROW to increase it and press DOWN ARROW to decrease it. Press
PWR to clear the menu.
To return to the original setting, repeat the above steps, but use the
arrow keys to set the speed at MAX before clearing the menu.
NOISE REJECT and ASP (Advanced Signal Processing)
The ASP (Advanced Signal Processing) feature is a noise
rejection system built into the sonar unit. It constantly
evaluates the effects of boat speed, water conditions and
electrical interference and automatically gives you the best
display possible under most conditions.
ASP is an effective tool in combating noise. In sonar terms, noise is any
undesired signal. It is caused by electrical and mechanical sources such
as bilge pumps, engine ignition systems and wiring, air bubbles passing
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over the face of the transducer, even vibration from the engine. In all
cases, noise can produce unwanted marks on the display.
The ASP noise rejection feature is especially useful because it typically
lets you operate the boat at all speeds without adjusting the sensitivity
or other controls.
The ASP feature has three settings — Off, Low and High. When first
turned on, noise rejection is set on low. If you have high noise levels, try
using the high ASP setting. However, if you are having trouble with
noise, we suggest that you take steps to find the interference source
and fix it, rather than continually using the unit with the high ASP
setting.
There are times when you may want to turn ASP off. This allows you to
view all incoming echoes before they are processed by the ASP feature.
To change the ASP setting, press MENU DOWN until NOISE REJECT
appears. Use the up and down arrow keys to select the desired setting,
then press PWR to clear the menu.
ALARMS
The sonar unit has three different types of alarms: fish, shallow and
deep.
Fish Alarm
The Fish Alarm sounds a tone when a fish symbol appears on
the screen. The default setting is on, but the Fish I.D. feature
must be turned on for fish alarms to work.
To turn Fish I.D. on, press MENU until the FISH ID menu
appears. Press UP ARROW to select ON, then press PWR. Then,
press MENU until the FISH ALARM menu appears. Press UP ARROW to
select ON, then press PWR.
To turn off the fish alarm without turning off fish symbols, press MENU
DOWN until FISH ALARM appears. Press DOWN ARROW to select OFF, then
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press PWR to clear the menu. Repeat the above steps to turn the alarm
back on, but press UP ARROW to select ON before clearing the menu.
Depth Alarms
The depth alarms are triggered only by the bottom signal. No other
echoes will activate these alarms. The depth alarms consist of a shallow
and a deep alarm. The shallow alarm sounds an alarm tone when the
bottom goes shallower than the alarm's setting. The deep alarm sounds
a tone when the bottom goes deeper than its setting. Both alarms adjust
the same way, although through different menus.
Shallow Alarm
To set the shallow alarm depth, press MENU DOWN
repeatedly until SHALLOW ALARM appears.
Press UP ARROW to increase the shallow alarm's depth
setting or press DOWN ARROW to decrease it. The number in
the shallow alarm’s menu box shows the current shallow
alarm setting. When the number reaches the desired setting, press PWR
to clear the menu. When the bottom depth goes shallower than the
alarm’s setting, an alarm tone sounds and a message box appears on
the screen.
Press PWR to silence the alarm. This turns the alarm sound off until
the shallow alarm is triggered again.
To turn the alarm off, press MENU DOWN repeatedly until SHALLOW
ALARM appears. Press DOWN ARROW until the words OFF FEET appear,
then press PWR to clear the menu.
Deep Alarm
To set the deep alarm depth, press MENU DOWN repeatedly
until DEEP ALARM appears.
Press UP ARROW to increase the deep alarm's depth setting
or press DOWN ARROW to decrease it. The number in the
deep alarm’s menu box shows the current deep alarm
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setting. When the number reaches the desired setting, press PWR to
clear the menu. When the bottom depth goes deeper than the alarm’s
setting, an alarm tone sounds and a message box appears on the
screen.
Press PWR to silence the alarm. This turns the alarm sound off until
the deep alarm is triggered again.
To turn the alarm off, press MENU DOWN repeatedly until DEEP ALARM
appears. Press DOWN ARROW until the words OFF FEET appear, then
press PWR to clear the menu.
DISPLAY ADJUSTMENTS
BACKLIGHTS
The display is backlit for night use. To turn the backlight on
or off, press MENU repeatedly until the BACK LIGHT menu
appears. Press UP ARROW to turn the light on or the DOWN
ARROW to turn it off.
DISPLAY CONTRAST
The unit’s display contrast is adjustable to suit different
lighting conditions. This will help you see the screen from
different angles or at various times of the day. The default
setting is min (minimum) percent.
To adjust the contrast, press MENU DOWN until the DISPLAY
CONTRAST menu appears. To decrease screen contrast, press the DOWN
ARROW key. Press the UP ARROW key to increase screen contrast. The
bar graph in the Contrast menu box shows a graph of the contrast. The
screen will also show the effects of the change. If you reach the
maximum or minimum level, a tone sounds alerting you to the limits.
Press the PWR key to clear the menu.
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DEPTH UNITS OF MEASURE
This unit can show the depth in feet or meters.
To change the depth units of measure, press MENU DOWN
until the UNITS menu appears. Use the arrow keys to select
the desired unit of measure, then press the PWR key to clear
the menu.
PRESET UNIT (reset all options)
This command is used to reset all features, options and settings to their
original factory defaults. This is useful when you have changed several
settings and want to return the unit to basic automatic operation.
Turn the unit off. Press and hold the DOWN ARROW key and the MENU
DOWN key at the same time while you press the PWR key. Release the
keys as the unit powers up. The unit will turn on with factory settings
restored.
SYSTEM INFO
To show the operating software system information, press
MENU DOWN until the UNIT INFO menu appears. Press PWR to
clear the screen.
SIMULATOR
This unit has a built-in simulator that shows a simulated
bottom signal with fish signals. This lets you practice with
the unit as if you were on the water; all features and
functions of the unit are usable. A message appears
occasionally to remind you that the simulator is on.
To use the simulator, press MENU DOWN repeatedly until the SIMULATOR
menu appears. Press UP ARROW to turn it on, and press PWR to clear
the menu. Repeat the above steps to turn it off, or you can simply turn
the unit off and back on again.
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DIGITAL DATA SIZE FOR DEPTH and TEMPERATURE
The size of the digital numbers for the depth be changed to
medium or large. The digital display for both Depth and
Temperature can also be turned off or on.
To change either of these options, press MENU
DOWN until either the DEPTH SIZE or TEMP SIZE menu
appears, then use the ARROW keys to select the desired
option. Press the PWR key to clear the menus.
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Troubleshooting
If your unit is not working, or if you need technical help, please use the
following troubleshooting section before contacting the factory customer
service department. It may save you the trouble of returning your unit
for repair. For contact information, refer to the last page, just inside the
back cover of this manual.
Unit won't turn on:
1. Check the power cable's connection at the unit. Also check the
wiring.
2. Make certain the power cable is wired properly. The red wire
connects to the positive battery terminal, black to negative or ground.
3. Check the fuse.
4. Measure the battery voltage at the unit's power connector. It should
be at least 11 volts. If it isn't, the wiring to the unit is defective, the
battery terminals or wiring on the terminals are corroded, or the
battery needs charging.
Unit turns on only in simulator mode:
There is a problem with the transducer or the transducer cable. Check
the cable for damage.
Unit freezes, locks up, or operates erratically:
1. Electrical noise from the boat's motor, trolling motor, or an accessory
may be interfering with the sonar unit. Rerouting the power and
transducer cables away from other electrical wiring on the boat may
help. Route the sonar unit's power cable directly to the battery instead
of through a fuse block or ignition switch
2. Inspect the transducer cable for breaks, cuts, or pinched wires.
3. Check both the transducer and power connectors. Make certain both
are securely plugged in to the unit.
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Weak bottom echo, digital readings erratic, or no fish signals:
1. Make certain the transducer is pointing straight down. Clean the
face of the transducer. Oil, dirt and fuel can cause a film to form on the
transducer, reducing its effectiveness. If the transducer is mounted
inside the hull, be sure it is shooting through only one layer of
fiberglass and that it is securely bonded to the hull. Do NOT use RTV
silicone rubber adhesive or Marine-Tex epoxy.
2. Electrical noise from the boat's motor can interfere with the sonar.
This causes the sonar to automatically increase its Discrimination or
noise rejection feature. This can cause the unit to eliminate weaker
signals such as fish or even structure from the display.
3. The water may be deeper than the sonar's ability to find the bottom. If
the sonar can't find the bottom signal while it's in the automatic mode, the
digital sonar display will flash continuously. It may change the range to
limits far greater than the water you are in. If this happens, place the unit
in the manual mode, then change the range to a realistic one, (for example,
0-100 feet) and increase the sensitivity. As you move into shallower water,
a bottom signal should appear.
4. Check the battery voltage. If the voltage drops, the unit's transmitter
power also drops, reducing its ability to find the bottom or targets.
Bottom echo disappears at high speeds or erratic digital
reading or weak bottom echo while boat is moving
1. The transducer may be in turbulent water. It must be mounted in a
smooth flow of water in order for the sonar to work at all boat speeds.
Air bubbles in the water disrupt the sonar signals, interfering with its
ability to find the bottom or other targets. The technical term for this is
cavitation.
2. Electrical noise from the boat's motor can interfere with the sonar.
This causes the sonar to automatically increase its Discrimination or
noise rejection feature. This can cause the unit to eliminate weaker
signals such as fish or even structure from the display. Try using resistor
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spark plugs or routing the sonar unit's power and transducer cables
away from other electrical wiring on the boat.
No fish arches when the Fish I.D. feature is off:
1. Make certain the transducer is pointing straight down. This is the
most common problem if a partial arch is displayed.
2. The sensitivity may not be high enough. In order for the unit to
display a fish arch, it has to be able to receive the fish's echo from the
time it enters the cone until it leaves. If the sensitivity is not high
enough, the unit shows the fish only when it is in the center of the cone.
3. Use the Zoom feature. It is much easier to display fish arches when
zoomed in on a small range of water than a large one. For example, you
will have much better luck seeing fish arches with a 30 to 60 foot range
than a 0 to 60 foot range. This enlarges the targets, allowing the
display to show much more detail.
4. The boat must be moving at a slow trolling speed to see fish arches.
If the boat is motionless, fish stay in the cone, showing on the screen as
straight horizontal lines.
NOISE
A major cause of sonar problems is electrical noise. This usually
appears on the sonar's display as random patterns of dots or lines. In
severe cases, it can completely cover the screen with black dots, or
cause the unit operate erratically, or not at all.
To eliminate or minimize the effects of electrical noise, first try to
determine the cause. With the boat at rest in the water, the first thing
you should do is turn all electrical equipment on the boat off. Make sure
the engine is also off. Turn your sonar on, then turn off Noise Reject
[also known as the ASP feature (Advanced Signal Processing)].
Sensitivity should be set at 90-95 percent. There should be a steady
bottom signal on the display. Now turn on each piece of electrical
equipment on the boat and view the effect on the sonar's display. For
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example, turn on the bilge pump and view the sonar display for noise. If
no noise is present, turn the pump off, then turn on the VHF radio and
transmit. Keep doing this until all electrical equipment has been
turned on, their effect on the sonar display noted, then turned off.
If you find noise interference from an electrical instrument, trolling
motor, pump, or radio, try to isolate the problem. You can usually reroute
the sonar unit's power cable and transducer cable away from the wiring
that is causing the interference. VHF radio antenna cables radiate noise
when transmitting, so be certain to keep the sonar's wires away from it.
You may need to route the sonar unit's power cable directly to the battery
to isolate it from other wiring on the boat.
If no noise displays on the sonar unit from electrical equipment, then
make certain everything except the sonar unit is turned off, then start
the engine. Increase the RPM with the gearshift in neutral. If noise
appears on the display, the problem could be one of three things; spark
plugs, alternator, or tachometer wiring. Try using resistor spark plugs,
alternator filters, or routing the sonar unit's power cable away from
engine wiring. Again, routing the power cable directly to the battery
helps eliminate noise problems. Make certain to use the in-line fuse
supplied with the unit when wiring the power cable to the battery.
When no noise appears on the sonar unit after all of the above tests,
then the noise source is probably cavitation. Many novices or persons
with limited experience make hasty sonar installations which function
perfectly in shallow water, or when the boat is at rest. In nearly all
cases, the cause of the malfunction will be the location and/or angle of
the transducer. The face of the transducer must be placed in a location
that has a smooth flow of water at all boat speeds. Read your
transducer owner's manual for the best mounting position.
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Notes
If the dash mount template on page 55 has been
removed from this manual, a free replacement
manual containing the template can be downloaded
from our web site, www.eaglesonar.com.
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Top
Measure the reference cross-hair below to
confirm that this template is printed to the correct
scale. The vertical line and the horizontal line
should each be 2 inches long (50.8 mm.)
Cut along this line
Print only at 100% scale – do not fit to page, do not enlarge or shrink.
ALWAYS VERIFY DIMENSIONS.
In-dash mounting template for Cuda 128 and Cuda 168.
NOTE: This figure is printed to scale. For use with FM-6 mount kit.
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Notes
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EAGLE ELECTRONICS
FULL ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
"We," "our," or "us" refers to EAGLE ELECTRONICS, a division of LEI, the manufacturer of this
product. "You" or "your" refers to the first person who purchases this product as a consumer item for
personal, family, or household use.
We warrant this product against defects or malfunctions in materials and workmanship, and against
failure to conform to this product's written specifications, all for one (1) year from the date of original
purchase by you. WE MAKE NO OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION OF ANY
KIND WHATSOEVER CONCERNING THIS PRODUCT. Your remedies under this warranty will be
available so long as you can show in a reasonable manner that any defect or malfunction in materials
or workmanship, or any non-conformity with the product's written specifications, occurred within one
year from the date of your original purchase, which must be substantiated by a dated sales receipt or
sales slip. Any such defect, malfunction, or non-conformity which occurs within one year from your
original purchase date will either be repaired without charge or be replaced with a new product
identical or reasonably equivalent to this product, at our option, within a reasonable time after our
receipt of the product. If such defect, malfunction, or non-conformity remains after a reasonable
number of attempts to repair by us, you may elect to obtain without charge a replacement of the
product or a refund for the product. THIS REPAIR, OR REPLACEMENT OR REFUND (AS JUST
DESCRIBED) IS THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AVAILABLE TO YOU AGAINST US FOR ANY
DEFECT, MALFUNCTION, OR NON-CONFORMITY CONCERNING THE PRODUCT OR FOR ANY
LOSS OR DAMAGE RESULTING FROM ANY OTHER CAUSE WHATSOEVER. WE WILL NOT
UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE LIABLE TO ANYONE FOR ANY SPECIAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR OTHER INDIRECT DAMAGE OF ANY KIND.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the
above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.
This warranty does NOT apply in the following circumstances: (1) when the product has been serviced
or repaired by anyone other than us; (2) when the product has been connected, installed, combined,
altered, adjusted, or handled in a manner other than according to the instructions furnished with the
product; (3) when any serial number has been effaced, altered, or removed; or (4) when any defect,
problem, loss, or damage has resulted from any accident, misuse, negligence, or carelessness, or from
any failure to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance in accordance with the instructions of
the owner's manual for the product.
We reserve the right to make changes or improvements in our products from time to time without
incurring the obligation to install such improvements or changes on equipment or items previously
manufactured.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which may vary from
state to state.
REMINDER: You must retain the sales slip or sales receipt proving the date of your original purchase
in case warranty service is ever required.
EAGLE ELECTRONICS
PO BOX 669, CATOOSA, OK 74015
(800) 324-1354
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How to Obtain Service…
…in the USA:
We back your investment in quality products with quick, expert service
and genuine Eagle replacement parts. If you're in the United States
and you have technical, return or repair questions, please contact the
Factory Customer Service Department. Before any product can be
returned, you must call customer service to determine if a return is
necessary. Many times, customer service can resolve your problem over
the phone without sending your product to the factory. To call us, use
the following toll-free number:
800-324-1354
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time, M-F
Eagle Electronics may find it necessary to change or end our shipping
policies, regulations, and special offers at any time. We reserve the right
to do so without notice.
…in Canada:
If you're in Canada and you have technical, return or repair questions,
please contact the Factory Customer Service Department. Before any
product can be returned, you must call customer service to determine if
a return is necessary. Many times, customer service can resolve your
problem over the phone without sending your product to the factory. To
call us, use the following toll-free number:
800-661-3983
905-629-1614 (not toll-free)
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, M-F
…outside Canada and the USA:
If you have technical, return or repair questions, contact the dealer in
the country where you purchased your unit. To locate a dealer near
you, visit our web site, www.eaglesonar.com and look for the Dealer
Locator.
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Accessory Ordering Information
for all countries
To order Eagle accessories such as power cables or transducers,
please contact:
1) Your local marine dealer or consumer electronics store. Most quality
dealers that handle marine electronic equipment or other consumer
electronics should be able to assist you with these items.
To locate an Eagle dealer near you, visit our web site,
www.eaglesonar.com and look for the Dealer Locator. Or, you can
consult your telephone directory for listings.
2) U.S. customers: LEI Extras Inc., PO Box 129, Catoosa, OK 74015-0129
Call 1-800-324-0045 or visit our web site www.lei-extras.com.
3) Canadian customers can write:
Lowrance/Eagle Canada, 919 Matheson Blvd. E. Mississauga, Ontario
L4W2R7 or fax 905-629-3118.
Shipping Information
If it becomes necessary to send a product for repair or replacement, you
must first receive a return authorization number from Customer
Service. Products shipped without a return authorization will not be
accepted. When shipping, we recommend you do the following:
1. Always use the original shipping container and filler material the
product was packed in.
2. Always insure the parcel against damage or loss during shipment.
Eagle does not assume responsibility for goods lost or damaged in
transit.
3. For proper testing, include a brief note with the product describing
the problem. Be sure to include your name, return shipping address
and a daytime telephone number.
Visit our web site:
www.eaglesonar.com
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