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In-Hull Transducer Placement and Mounting


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I had to install a new depth sounder and transducer. I noticed the old transducer is mounted on the port side next to the center fins. I was surprised at this as from all indications this would be a less than ideal place to mount a transducer and I think the intermittent performance I was getting may have been because of this. Anyway, I invested in a new device and would like to follow the advice in the manufacturers manual on mounting as far back as possible. I'll be looking to mount the transducer in the area of the transmission as this is as far back I can get and still be accessible (I have a DD Sunsetter) but there looks to be a black plastic liner that goes from the forward engine area all the way back under the exhaust pipes. Can I mount the transducer on top of the liner? Do I have to cut a hole in the liner? If so, what tool do you recommend I use to do so that will ensure I don't cut a hole through the bottom of the boat?

Thanks for you help!

Edited by skiguy
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In most boats as your speed comes up more hull comes out of the water thus you want the transducer back as far as possible.

This is not true with our ski boats. Our hulls are planted in the water so going back is not needed. Try to stay away from other fittings so the water is flowing smoothly over the hull and no air bubbles.

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