Marine Electronics Q&A with BOE Marine - Heavy gauge aluminum boat transducer
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03-03-2008, 02:28 PM
What are your recommendations for a shoot-thru ducer for a heavy gauge aluminum boat(3/16 5086 aluminum). I am having the boat built and would hate to have to drill holes in it to mount the ducer. I fish in the Louisiana marsh down to the mouth of the Mississippi river anywhere from 2' to 100'. Any help would be much appreciated.
03-03-2008, 04:54 PM
Do a search on Alumaducer on google. Some customers are starting to use these. I have no feedback as of yet on results. Aside from that ducer there are no other options.
03-03-2008, 06:00 PM
I checked out the Alumaducer, and the web site says it will shoot through aluminum hulls "up to .15" thick". That's a no-go for most heavy gauge hulls, including yours at 3/16" (.1875).
03-04-2008, 07:24 AM
Thanks for the input. I will be in touch when its time to rig electronics Jim.
03-05-2008, 02:47 PM
Call the Boat Builder and just have him weld a bracket plate to mount the transducer on the hull stern while they are welding up the hull.
should not cost much extra if anything.
Tell the Capt Walt gave them the idea for FREE.
03-06-2008, 06:26 AM
Well I feel kinda dumb right now b/c that should be the perfect solution to my issue. Thanks Capt. Walt.
03-06-2008, 05:02 PM
That is an option but I am still reluctant to recommend that because the cables on thru-hull ducers were not designed to be outside of the hull. I'm going to wait to see if any of our customers have trouble with this in the long run.