Man Drives Volkswagen Through Lobby Of Sheraton

A man in a Volkswagen drives into the lobby of the Sheraton.

Gary Leff on February 8, 2021.

Sheraton Atlanta Airport was liquidated and all the furniture was sold. Today the Sheraton Atlanta Downtown was also ransacked by a man who drove through the lobby of the hotel. He parked in front of the elevators.

The incident began around 11 p.m. Wednesday when officers were called to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel on Cortland Street for an accident. The victim of the accident told officers that a man in a black Volkswagen Passat drove into his car and then fled.

While officers were still at the scene, the hotel security guard stated that the fleeing felon had just driven into the hotel doors and caused damage. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle and make contact with the driver, the driver left and entered the hotel lobby.

The driver was arrested. There is a video of the incident, and he literally ran into the lobby with his Volkswagen for the police to avoid being arrested. He parked in front of the elevators, maybe he thought he would escape through the roof?

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Understanding how to install a fish finder is essential to getting the most out of it. I’ve dealt with many fish finders and lots of boats, and let me tell you, there’s no reason to make it difficult. There are many ways to mount the unit and transducer, and you can connect them in a variety of ways.

The most important thing you can do is take the first step. If you want to fish at your best, you should have a fish finder on your to-do list. With this guide, you can get started!


The best new fish finder on the market is useless if you don’t have the right tools and accessories to install it. Before you compile your product list, there are a few important things you should look at first.

Check if you already have auxiliary power cables, check the mirror to see what it looks like, do you have a connection plate? And so on and so forth.

This pre-check will help you determine what to purchase, how to install the fish finder and how long the installation will take. The last thing you want to do is run to the hardware store several times when you may be on the water.

Once you have a clear idea of what you need, dive into this checklist and choose what you want.

Fishing line
is a useful tool for several reasons, and if you fish a lot, you should
it anyway
. You use it to route electrical cables from your equipment to the power source of your reel’s battery. It is a flat, flexible rod that is so flexible that you can slide it under the gun and pull it out. Also, wear gloves so you don’t cut yourself on the fiberglass.

A cordless drill with drill bits Don’t skimp
on the equipment. You need a good, clean installation hole. So make sure you have fresh, sharp drill bits and a quality drill bit for the installation. This will make it easier to install the fish finder.

Masking Tape
Using tape to prevent chipping and cracking of the gelcoat is a good trick I’ve learned from many people. When you drill into the fiberglass, the tape keeps the coating from cracking when the drill bit into the hull.

Fasteners and cables
If you take pride in the appearance of your boat, you should have plenty of fasteners and cable ties to keep things tidy. That way, you can make sure you don’t end up with a lot of loose cables.

Shrink tubing or electrical tape
You want to prevent moisture from getting into your cable connections, and the best way to do this is to use heat shrink tubing or electrical tape. Shrink tubing is the recommended method, both for safety and aesthetics, but if you don’t have it and don’t feel like traveling again, electrical tape can also be used. You can also use pipe fittings, but they offer the least protection from the elements.

Heat gun
If you are using heat shrink tubing, you will need a heat gun to push it over the connectors. When doing this, be very careful not to point the gun near the gelcoat as it will melt and discolor.

Holder for mains fuses
These protect your equipment by ensuring that surges do not damage the unit. There are many different products available, so refer to your fishmonger’s instruction manual for recommended products.

Wire Crimping
A crimper or stripper is a simple tool for stripping and crimping connections. It is an essential piece of the puzzle that everyone needs.

Stainless steel screws
Once you have a clear idea of how you want to install your fish finder, you need the right equipment. Stainless steel is the way to go because you need protection from all the elements. Take your fasteners with you to make sure you have the right size bolts, washers and nuts. They should be long enough to reach under the boat or console. Sealant is also important to keep the hardware in place.

Individual brackets
When you install a fish finder strobe, the manufacturer of the device will probably sell you a set of accessories that you will want to use here. If you are used to doing things the way you want them done, you can assemble them yourself.

RAM is the most popular editing method (we’ll come back to this later), but there are some other methods. Kong and BallzOut are other methods. Just make sure the mount you choose can support the weight of your device without it falling off.

Dashboard saving block
This is a smart strategy if you anticipate that the sensor will need to be moved at some point. Instead of mounting the sensor directly on the hull of the boat, mount the block and then the sensor on the block. Now you can move the block around the boat without having to remove the sensor each time.

Types of cantilever supports

When you install the Fishfinder software in your boat console, you have three basic strategies. The choice depends on the size of the fishfinder, the space on the console, and the size of your boat.

It’s called an “in-dash” to find fish. It is the most coveted species of sea bass. It gives you a professional feel, and it creates a permanent home for the unit. Note that this method will not work for most fish-finding sites.

Gimbal mountThe gimbal mount is an adjustable mount that comes with the fish finder. It is easy to mount if you have limited space; you can mount the unit higher so you can see it on the handlebars. Again, this will not work for everyone, and many consoles on newer boats are mostly plastic, so you will need to add an aluminum plate to mount the unit stably and securely.

If you
are looking for a little more flexibility and want to move your unit from time to time, third-party
mounts are
for you. If you are trying to figure out how to mount your fishfinder and need more control over placement, RAM and Kong mounts allow you to mount your unit almost anywhere, but they are not strong or durable, especially on heavier units.

Attaching a fish detector to the front of a boat

Some of you may have a fish finder installed on the bow. If so, you need to make sure you have enough space. You will also need to choose an installation method based on how much space you have and how much you want to spend on accessories.

If you use a kayak with a fish finder at the bow, this method may also work for you. Just make sure you know whether you have a fish finder on the side or on the bottom. Anglers of all types will want to study these mounting options to determine if mounting their fish finder in the bow of the boat is the right choice for them.

don’t think this method is that common because it requires a fairly precise boat shape, but it can work for some boats with the right plate and design. The problem is that it is a bit remote and you can only place it at a fixed angle. If you end up with a reflection on the screen, forget it.

Gimballed frame
If you are mounting the unit on the bow, I personally recommend a gimballed mount. This allows you to lift the fish finder slightly so you can adjust the viewing angle. This gives you the flexibility you need to position yourself. The only problem is that once you install the mount, you are stuck with what you have, so make sure you get it right. This method can also take up extra storage space for the pole.

The third party RAM and Kong media are very good, if you need something you can move around and switch from one position to another. The problem is that you cannot use it if your boat has a recessed pedal. Definitely choose without the rubber ball joints, as they will not shift or fall off as easily if you get into choppy water.

Deck rests are great, they fit perfectly where you want them, they provide the right height and position for the unit, and there are many great brands. Companies like Wave Tamer and Deck-It sell deck brackets, which are essentially metal brackets that protrude from the recess in front of the outboard motor pedal; just behind the pedal at the front of the boat.

How to
Install a FishfinderThe proper installation of a fishfinder transducer depends on the installation of the transducer on the housing. If you don’t install it properly, you will end up with a sonar system that performs poorly, which you will probably blame on the manufacturer.

Remember, the information you learn in this section does not replace the information in the manufacturer’s manual. It is only general information, but you should refer to the manual to determine where and how to install the transducer.

FiberglassIf you
have a fiberglass hull, you must
sensor on the transom or on the port side. In general, small units are mounted on the transom and large units are mounted on the port side. Make sure there are no obstructions near the sensor, including temperature and speed sensors. Sensor covers are great for protecting the sensor from hooks and rocks, and although they are a bit expensive for a piece of plastic, they are worth the money you spent on your fish finder.

AluminumThe most important thing with aluminum boats is that you do not mount the sensor near rivets or welds, as this creates air bubbles that affect image quality. Most people will probably have to use a sensor through the wall, as they cannot read this material well.

Motor falters
If you don’t know how to install a fish finder, you can buy a kit to help you install it on a trolling motor. These kits are usually of fairly poor quality, but they are easy to use and ideal for beginners.

Wiring Your Fishfinder CablesThe fishfinder cable
is probably the most difficult part of installing fishfinder equipment. Not all boats are the same, but the many instructions will make you feel like they are. There are a few key points that everyone should keep in mind when connecting their fish finder.

Use a wire rope to pull the wires instead of removing the trim from the boat. Remember that you can also use existing wires to pull new ones. Sometimes there are wires that are never used, you can use them to help pull or push all the new wires.

One piece of good advice I’ve learned is to add a few extra wires when you do that. If you’re already involved in the project, it’s easy to add a few extra wires and you’ll be happy to do it when you want to do something else, like put lights in the street.

When routing the cables from your trolling motor to the bow unit, make sure they don’t get tangled up in the motor. Careful and thoughtful installation is important here. Be careful when installing and temporarily attach the wires to the shaft of the trolling motor and check the motor in various positions to make sure they don’t get caught in the motor.

Wiring diagrams can be found on the sonar manufacturer’s website. For example, if you have purchased a Humminbird fishfinder, you will find all the information you need here.

Here Garmin provides instructions for sensor placement, mounting and wiring.

Asked QuestionsConnecting a sounder to a fuse box
is much easier than you think. Keep in mind that most fishfinders use 1.5 amps, but more advanced combination GPS units use upwards of 3-4 amps. You connect the fuse box to the roll battery using a marine grade fuse holder and a built-in fuse that runs from the battery to the box.

This is the most common method of wiring fish detectors because it is less messy and makes troubleshooting easier. The only problem many people have is that it interferes with measurements.

How do you install a fish finder on a kayak?
The method you use to install a fish finder on your kayak depends on many different factors. The type of fish finder, the type of kayak, where you want to install it, and more. The most important thing to remember is that the portability of your kayak will be a factor, so it is best not to install a permanent mount.

Installation Final ThoughtsThe
installation of the DIY
fish finder
is much less complicated than many people claim. Just follow the instructions the manufacturer gives you with guides like this one. I will help you determine the installation method and strategy, but usually only the manufacturer can tell you exactly how to install a particular device step by step. Be careful, be cautious and check everything. Good luck!

Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I mount my depth sounder?
Some professionals and beginners prefer to mount their fishfinder via a hull mount. This mounting involves carefully cutting a hole in the bottom of the boat and mounting the transducer so that it is in direct contact with the water.

How far should the sensor reach into the water?
The transducer should be flush with or just below the bottom of the boat. The leading edge (the edge closest to the stern of the boat). One click too high: the transducer is tilted out of the water and cannot support the sonar signal.

How much does it
cost to install a fish detector?
Installing a fish detector is a simple job – it certainly doesn’t cost $300. Study the instructions and do it yourself. The only tricky part is installing the transducer, but if you follow the instructions, you’ll get there. Good luck!

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