Lowrance transducers

Discussion in 'Power it up with Electronics' started by abrick2541, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. abrick2541

    abrick2541 I Love microskiff.com!

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    Hello all,

    We are looking to install a transducer for an older model lowrance gps/depth combo on our ranger banshee extreme

    Does anyone have any experience with this? looking like a pain and we have to weight the option of doing a thru hole option. What are yalls opinion?

    thanks
     
  2. swaddict

    swaddict Thread Killer

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    the thru hull transducer can be installed on the inside of the hull using 3M 4200, not really familiar with the banshee, but they are usually installed in the bilge area
     

  3. TwoKids

    TwoKids Well-Known Member

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    Not sure the how and where that you would be using it as that would make a difference on how I would mount it.

    If you're talking shoot-thru hull install then you will lose some sensitivity and depth depending on hull construction. While out in you fishing grounds, temporarily disable auto bilge and put some water in bilge area and hold the transducer to floor using a bag of sand. Move it around to different areas and test FF performance, test with boat moving and stationary. Once you find the sweet spot there are a few options to permanently mount. Key is to eliminate air bubbles to greatest extent possible, between xducer and water column.  Look up airmar technology corp, they make some great stuff.

    If you're talking thru hull mounted the cons would be you have to drill a hole in the hull and you may lose some draft unless you get a flush mount thru hull. Make sure the transducer will clear the trailer in the area you choose to mount it. Also when your "older" unit dies you will have to R&R the thru hull mounted transducer again which is not fun.

    Only other options would be transom or trolling motor mount.
     
  4. chevyrulz

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    the transducer that came with my Mark 4 lowrance works great.  it reads bottom at full throttle

    it's mounted on the transom with about 1/4" sticking below the bottom of the hull.  it shoots a good rooster tail but it works great!

    thru-hull & in-hull are the other types.  to me, they're named by the way they mount, not the way the operate.


    thru-hull i consider to be the one you drill a hole through the bottom of the boat for, i'd never  use one of these because i don't want any holes in the bottom of my hull to have to maintain.  i don't mind a little screw hole in the transom though.

    in-hull i consider to be the puck style that actually shoot thru the hull (confusing right?), you just glue em inside the hull, typically in the bilge area.  there's a few ways to find the sweet spot.  the most effective being to put a big glob of vaseline on the puck between it & the hull.  go out & test it on the water.  mark location, clean & glue it in.  as previously mentioned, any air bubbles will ruin the reading.  some hulls have air bubbles in the glassing, & if you have air bubbles in the glue, that also ruins it.  those don't read as good as a transducer actually in the water column

    they can read very close & almost exactly as good, but you do lose a little bit through the fiberglass.  not enough to matter typically, but some nonetheless.  if you want to drill no holes, you need the in-hull puck style that shoots through your hull


    the best bet for installing a transom mount, is to get a piece of cutting board or starboard or something that won't rot, & screw that to your transom.  then mount your transducer to it, that way if you have to drill 6 holes to get the right height or move it further right because of air from the prop screwing up your depth reading, you drilled 6 holes in the board & not the boat.  swap out the board if the extra holes are a cosmetic bother


    to get the right height on a transom mount, you want it as low as you can get it, but the lower you go, the bigger the rooster tail it's gonna shoot.  and if you get too close to the prop, it's going to put air in the way & ruin the reading

    you want it mounted on the right side of the boat at the lowest point but not within 8" of the prop, & preferably 12" or more away for a standard rotation engine (clockwise).  this can be a problem getting the boat to read bottom at full speed on certain hull designs.  that's why it's good to put a big board on there to play with mounting location

    the closer to the prop, the more likely it's going to be screwey at speed from the air created by the prop spinning.  if your transom on the bottom of the hull has a real steep angle, this means your depth reading may be off by a significant amount when inches matter.  conversely, if you get too far from the prop, the transducer might not be in the water at full throttle....you have to find a balance between too close & too far away from the prop for the particular hull design.

    you do NOT want to mount it in front of ANYTHING that causes turbulence, for example strakes or chines in the hull, pickups for baitwell etc... & that is true regardless of which type of transducer you use, whether it be in-hull, thru-hull, or transom mounted.


    if this sounds confusing, it's not, just stick it on there, it will read fine lol
     
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