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cban posted 05-02-2007 11:57 AM ET (US)   Profile for cban   Send Email to cban  
I just bought an Eagle SeaCharter 642c iGPS Dual Frequency GPS/Sonar combination unit. Now I need to install it. The directions indicate the transducer can be mounted on the transom or you can use a "shoot thru the hull" installation. To install the "shoot thru the hull" installation, you carve out a small amount of the hull, put in the transducer and then seal the area with a sealing compount. Has anyone ever installed a transducer this way? Any thoughts on how effective this type of mounting might be?
Buckda posted 05-02-2007 12:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I would be very hesitant to cut a hole in my Boston Whaler for this purpose.

4 screw holes filled with sealant for a transom-attachment are a much better option, in my opinion.

cban posted 05-02-2007 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for cban  Send Email to cban     
That was my thinking as well. It would undoubtedly be a nicer overall setup to have the transducer mounted internally, but I don't want to compromise the integrity of the hull.
jimh posted 05-02-2007 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
This has been discussed often. There is an entire article devoted to this topic in the REFERENCE section. See

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/sonarTransducer.html

Only certain models of Boston Whaler boats have been molded with special pockets or recesses in the hull which are intended to provide a location for mounting a SONAR transducer in the hull. Almost universally a transom mount transducer is used with a Boston Whaler boat.

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