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Mark's Mailbag - Rigging a new Starcraft Freedom 160

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On April 8th, Nathan wrote -  Hello Mark, I see that you have ran a freedom in the past. I am inquiring how you ran your sonar unit. Did you run it on the live well side or on the storage side? Reason I ask is that I just purchased a 16 ft freedom.

Mark replies - Nathan:

Congrats on our Freedom 160 purchase. These are awesome boats. You are correct I have owned a Freedom for several years and enjoy fishing from that boat. 

I used Cisco Fishing System track to rig my boat. Near the back of the boat on both the port and starboard boxes I mounted a pair of 24 inch track. About midship I mounted two
more 24 inch length of track which I use for either a rod holder tree or three rod cradle set up. I removed the box covers so I could thru-bolt the track and then replaced it. 

On the bow I added a piece of 5/8 inch starboard so I could rig a MotorGuide quick disconnect bracket that is used both for my MotorGuide Xi5 and also for my Anchor Wizard.

This boat requires using gel batteries because the battery storage box is modest in size. I used 27 group Optima batteries and they have functioned great for me. With the Optima batteries there is still just enough room to mount a two bank battery charger in the front battery compartment.

The Freedom is a simple boat that fishes and runs very well. I’m confident you will love yours as much as I love mine. Thanks for taking the time to write and again Congrats on the boat purchase. I’ll forward you a few pics of my boat.

Best fishes,

Mark Romanack