Mounting a depth finder on sailboats

Mounting a depth finder on sailboats



We always recommend gluing the transducer down as close to the center line as possible. Our transducers do not have tilted elements and that is why we recommend it. You can always use the keel offset feature to account for discrepancy here but as long as the angle is minimal it should be very close. I cannot stress enough how important testing is before gluing down. Use the petroleum jelly or bag of water method explained in the manual and make sure you are getting perfect readings before using a 2 part SLOW cure epoxy to adhere it. The slower curing the better as it allows tiny air bubbles to escape from the epoxy before it hardens.

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    Glenn Angelora

    how do you, and where do you mount depth sounders on sailboat hulls?

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    Bradley Stoakley

    You would need to try the in hull "shoot thru" installation in an area forward of the keel. You may also want to try a thru hull style transducer as many sailboat hulls are too thick for a shoot thru style to work.  You can email for more details.

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    Perry Whitmore

    I have hunter sailboat, my old puck (sounder) worked fine but reading unit failed due to rain and sun exposure.  I ordered a Hawkeye D10D depth sounder and wish I had known to try the new Hawkeye unit plugged up to old puck still glued in original position - this would have done the trick.  I struggled with gluing new puck into hull and getting consistant readings until I found 2 hour, two part expoxy (settled for quicker cure in first few attempts) now works great.  Do not underestimate the importance of correct glue.  Great service and support from Customer Service - Patrick.  Looking forward to avoiding the shallows.  P. W.

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