When you've found the best spot, hold the transducer bracket against the transom and adjust its position until it holds the face of the transducer perfectly horizontal and about 1/8-inch below the running surface of the hull. Using a pencil, mark the location of the bracket's mounting holes.
Do transducers go bad? "Q: Do transducers go bad? A: On average, transducers fail more often than the sonar units they are connected to. The biggest "killer" of transducers is impact damage. This is usually evident by severe scratches or dents in the plastic housing." I don't think they are talking about minor scuffs.
can you mount a transducer inside the hull?A. Most marine-electronics brands offer an inside-the-hull transducer kit that can be fastened to the hull's interior. This will work only with solid fiberglass hulls (excluding balsa core or laminated hull construction that might contain air pockets).
Can you put two transducers next to each other? So the answer is yes, you can run two transducers simultaneously, as long as it is done correctly. I would suggest calling the manufacturers of the transducers that you're using, as well as the manufacturers of the sounder units, and pose the same question to them.
does a transducer need to be in water?
Multi-element chirp transducers generate substantial heat, and so they need to be immersed in water while operating to keep cool. This is a concern mainly for trailer boaters who might leave the sonar on after putting the boat on the trailer. So turn off the sonar before pulling the boat out of the water.
Does it matter which way your transducer faces? So the short answer is that no, it doesn't matter which way you face the "front" of your transducer.. the read out is going to look just the same to you. You do, however, want the BOTTOM of your transducer to face as straight down as you can, within reason.
how far should a transducer be in the water?
Particularly the ability to move the transducer lower into the water. You want to have the leading edge of the transducer no more than 1/8” below the transom as a starting point.
Can you mount a transducer on the port side?
"Can a transom-mount transducer be installed on either the starboard or port side of the boat?" Ans: "We recommend mounting a transom transducer on the starboardside of a single-drive boat. This is the sidewhere the propeller blades are moving downward for minimal disturbance from the propeller.
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