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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.
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.
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".


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.
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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