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K Albus posted 01-23-2010 04:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for K Albus   Send Email to K Albus  
http://sternmate.com/

I saw this product advertised in the classified section of BoatU.S. Magazine. It provides a way to mount your transducer on the transom of your boat without drilling any holes. It costs $120, which is about $119 more than four screws.

20dauntless posted 01-23-2010 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless    
Or you could use a piece of starboard and some 5200...
jimh posted 01-24-2010 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I am confused about this claim made with regard to reasons to use the product:

"Afterall [sic], conscientious boaters and fishermen unquestionably demand the best equipment available."

I don't quite understand what makes a "conscientious boater" prefer this device. The word "conscientious" means governed by or conforming to the dictates of conscience. And "conscience" means:

"the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one's own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good."

Is the manufacturer saying that boaters with good moral character will use this product in preference to the normal installation method? I do not recall the moral character of a boater being made an issue in regard to transducer mounting before.

PeteB88 posted 01-24-2010 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Someone's amateur attempt at [writing ad copy].
SJUAE posted 01-24-2010 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for SJUAE  Send Email to SJUAE     
Freejer recently noted the same here:

http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/017723.html

Regards
Steve

Ridge Runner posted 01-27-2010 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
I just bought one of these, so I guess we'll see.
jimh posted 01-27-2010 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
What holds the mounting sub-panel on the transom?
Ridge Runner posted 01-27-2010 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
Some mystery adhesive:

"SternMateā„¢ Adhesive is specially formulated to provide an extremely tenacious bond in the most demanding marine environments. It's structural bonding properties are uniquely designed for bonding the SternMate Mounting Plate to your boat hull, whether gel coat on fiberglass, aluminum or your wood hull. Utilizing a typical transducer mounting installation, tests have proved performance results unobtainable by most powerboats. Laboratory bonding tests with our specially formulated adhesive confirms adhesive strength to dramatically exceed the holding capacity of common mechanical fasteners. Note: Simple preparation and installation procedures must be followed as prescribed. Our SternMate transducer mounting system adhesive is gap-filling should there be any slight curvature of the transom behind the Mounting Plate."

jimh posted 01-28-2010 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
After bonding the new sub-plate to the transom, how can I remove it if I later decide I don't like it, or if it is damaged and needs replacement?
Ridge Runner posted 01-28-2010 04:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
I spoke to the manufacturer. To remove the plate use a heat gun starting out at 150 degrees in a sweeping motion gradually increasing the heat to 225 degrees. This will distort the plate and soften the adhesive. The bond can then be broken with a putty knife and the adhesive scrapped away with the putty knife, any residual adhesive can then be removed with a solvent.
Ridge Runner posted 01-29-2010 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
My shippment was delivered today, nicely packaged. I will post a picture when I install it.

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