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Old 07-15-2011, 06:40 AM
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P66 Transducer Install ...... Alternative to drilling holes.

I was looking for alternative to drilling holes below the waterline on my BW 210 Ventura. I looked at fabricating a piece of starboard as a mounting surface but bonding it to fiberglass was difficult at best so I decided to give SternMate TMS a try. I installed a SternMate system in October of last year and have logged over 150 hours of inshore/offshore use since then. The install has with stood running in the open ocean from 35 - 45 mph in seas 3 - 5'. I've grabbed some air on ocassion with no impact on the install.

The SternMate transducer mounting sytem has been solid as a rock the bonding material that comes as part as the package works as advertised. When mounted the tranducer is easy to adjust up/down/left/right.

Here's the link to SternMates website that explains the product in depth.

http://www.sternmate.com/SternMateSystem.html

Here's some pictures of my install ...... it took me about an hour to complete.












I have no affiliation with SternMate other than using their product. I think this is a good alternative for installing a transducer.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:10 AM
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Bluewater...nice posting.

We have installed these units on a few customers boats with excellent results if installed correctly.
Bluewater's looks perfect..a clean stern and a great location.

This product is also available in a dual mount..but we have never installed any of those.

Also, these units can be installed while the boat is still in the water as the adhesive will bond while wet and under water...that is one great adhesive.
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I'd like to use this system on a boat I have but dont know where the best place to mount it would be.

Its a Humminbird 898c SI

here's the back of the boat. Can you mount it under the bracket maybe?.....I thought I saw something like that on their site.





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If you only have one motor generally you just mount it off to the starboard side. Just make sure there is nothing in front of it. You will have to sand the paint off to install it. I have two of these sternmates, they don't fall off. I'm not sure if you could use something like a tm260 with one or not though...
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If you only have one motor generally you just mount it off to the starboard side. Just make sure there is nothing in front of it. You will have to sand the paint off to install it. I have two of these sternmates, they don't fall off. I'm not sure if you could use something like a tm260 with one or not though...
Hi "bluewaterpirate" & "VAN W"! It's great to see our SternMate™ users now and then. Thanks for the super comments!! When installing on any boat hull, aluminum or fiberglass/gelcoat, which may have bottom paint, we recommend removing it with paint remover to the slick gelcoat. Avoid abrading gelcoat in any case should you be mounting SternMate™. Actually, we have mounted the tm260 (2ea. SternMate™ and SternMateDUO™ bracket). SternMate™ is quite universal and sometimes we get mighty creative.
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Hi Following C, I didn't use it and it seems like bluewaterpirate didn't either but what is the cable that comes with the Sternmate for?
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Hi Following C, I didn't use it and it seems like bluewaterpirate didn't either but what is the cable that comes with the Sternmate for?
The tether provided could be for your protection and the company...and an individual decision to use it or not. Someone might just decide to simply glue and run without regard for the content in the installation instructions. Liken it to the theory behind the "p-clamps" others provide with your transducer used to "tidy up" the coax on the transom, more prominently intended as a safety measure in the event a transducer broke loose. You'll find it's purpose on the last page of the instruction sheet. There have been no failures that I have been made aware, except maybe for the guy in the high powered bass boat that got his anchor rope entangled around a unit and took a chunk out of the transom behind it...forgot to bring the anchor in and took off like, well, like bass-boaters do.

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.forgot to bring the anchor in and took off like, well, like bass-boaters do.


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I'm going to look into this for future use.

But I do have a comment about the boat in the pix's above or for that matter any bracketed with full swim platform boat.

A thruhull X-ducer such as a Airmar B60 or B164 is a MUCH cleaner choice.

Think about it and look at the pix's. On Tom's Whaler the X-ducer cable simply goes straight up and over the transom. [I'm going to come back to that]

Now on a bracketed w/ swim platform the cable has to route all around the outer perimeter. It will look like crap and how are you going to fasten the cable to keep it from flopping? Screws and plastic clamps?

Addressing the flopping cable :

I'd like to see this company also have a self adhesive channel way that could be attached to the transom to enclose / hold the X-ducer cable from flopping.

This was discussed many many years ago and there was said to be a product at Home Depot or Lowes that would fill the bill. A guy even posted a pix of it. I have looked from time to time over the years and never found a product such as this.....that was easily available.
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But I do have a comment about the boat in the pix's above or for that matter any bracketed with full swim platform boat.

A thruhull X-ducer such as a Airmar B60 or B164 is a MUCH cleaner choice.


A good point..for the best sonar quality, a B60 at the very least will be a marked improvement.

A B164 will be 6 times more sensitive than a B60 ..and it gets far better as you move up the transducer line up.
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P66 Transducer Install ...... Alternative to drilling holes.

Here's some pictures of my install ...... it took me about an hour to complete.
Tom, you spoiled us. We want the video of your installation
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Here is a short video of what I see on my Furuno 620 on plane. In the video the boats speed is 39 mph (you can see that in the lower left corner of my Garmin 545).
I'll shoot some deep water stuff in two weeks (spending a week a Hatteras).

http://bluewaterpirate.phanfare.com/5106277_5888079
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