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mowokicker posted 01-08-2006 02:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for mowokicker   Send Email to mowokicker  
I bought a boat that i am currently rebuilding and i cant figure out the wiring for the depth gauge. The depth sounder, or what ever you call it, is in the stern of the boat. There is a hole cut out for it in the floor which is where it sits with a bunch of silicone holding it there. There is a wire comming out of it that was cut when i purchased the boat. The wire running out of the depth sounder was actually 2 wires. One is a plastic tube and the other is between the plastic tube and rubber wire housing. I spliced the two so that they werent touching each other. The gauge has 3 different wire bundles comming out of it. One is the wire that runs back to the depth sounder. Another one is a bundle with a red and a black wire. And the other is a bundle with a red, black, and white. I hooked up the red and black bundle to the battery thinking that it might be a back light or something and it wasnt. It didnt do anything. The other bundle of wire, red, black and white, i hooked up and i got a "0" to flash on the gauge. This was with only the black and red wire attached. So i guess what my question is what is the stray white wire for, and the other black and red wire. And will depth gauges work on land. Thanks.
-Mowokicker
jimh posted 01-08-2006 04:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Most SONAR systems will not work if the transducer is not immersed in water at least three feet deep.
deepwater posted 01-08-2006 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
so its "inside your boat .glued to the bottom ??,,do you know the make or name of the unit?
mowokicker posted 01-10-2006 12:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for mowokicker  Send Email to mowokicker     
Yes, it is siliconed to the hull of the boat. I looked all over and couldnt find the maker of the depth gauge. The only thing i could find was on the gauge face and it is a L with a little squarein the bend of the L.
-Mowokicker
bigjohn1 posted 01-10-2006 07:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
depth guages are not designed to work on land...they will power up but will likely just show a large sonar "blob" on your screen since they are echoing against pavement - at least that's what mine does. My manual says in a couple of places not to operate your sonar out of water so you might want to think twice about continuing to do this although I haven't a clue about the underlying technical reason why.
Chuck Tribolet posted 01-10-2006 10:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
That's the Lowrance logo. They have manuals on their website,
under "Products", rather than the more usual "Support".


Chuck

jimh posted 01-11-2006 01:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Every time I read this thread I think of the White Rabbit in Alice In Wonderland. Did anyone else get that concept, too?
kingfish posted 01-11-2006 08:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I think I remember a white rabbit named "Owsley", but I'm not sure. If I do, I think Grace Slick sang about him.
Larry posted 01-11-2006 03:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Larry  Send Email to Larry     
The white rabbit in "Harvey" was 6 feet tall and had magical powers. Great old movie.
mowokicker posted 01-11-2006 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for mowokicker  Send Email to mowokicker     
Thanks for the input on the maker, that helped out alot.
-Mowokicker
deepwater posted 01-12-2006 11:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
many depth/fish finders can be epoxied inside the boat ,,its not a good idea to do it on a whaler because of the thickness of the hull ,,or so i was told by the dealer
RJG posted 01-14-2006 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for RJG  Send Email to RJG     
Did somebody put something in Jim's tea?

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