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rbm posted 04-03-2007 11:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for rbm   Send Email to rbm  
Re: the Humminbird portable line of fish finders and depth finders, in particular the PiranhaMAX Series portable models: How well do these portable device suction cup transducers work? I am very hesitant to drill and attach devices to my new boat transom.
jimh posted 04-03-2007 11:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I had a portable SONAR with a suction cup transducer. I used it with an inflatable dingy. The suction cup did not stay adhered to the transom for long when moving at any speed. It was OK at low speed operation.
Slippery Eel posted 04-04-2007 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Slippery Eel  Send Email to Slippery Eel     
I lost a suction transducer on an aluminum boat in Canada one year. I woudld not trust it as a permanent solution. If you plan on using on make sure you mount it so it is not skimming the water when you are at speed and only is submerged at rest. Other wise you will have a sounder without a transducer. I have a portable Eagle that I use on rentals and this method has worked for me so far. There is no problem drilling into the transom. Make sure you seal it properly and you are good to go. I have a 79 Montauk and have had at least 4 transducers mounted in various positions and have never had a problem with water intrusion.
K Albus posted 04-06-2007 12:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
You can purchase an adjustable, portable transducer bracket which will hold the transducer securely in place. They cost about $40. Cabela's sells several models: I have used the standard boat bracket type before and it worked very well.

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