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Old 02-17-2012, 02:24 AM
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Question Transducer advice for Simrad NSS

I just installed a Simrad NSS8 (which is SWEET!!) in a Maritime Skiff 20 Defiant. Now I'm trying to figure out what transducer to use. The specs say the NSS7/8 have a broadband sounder with 250w max but a Simrad rep at a West Marine told me it was actually the full BSM-1

The easiest (and least expensive) option would be a P66 on the transom but I wanted to see if I should consider something else.

I guess I should say that it will be used around New England and I don't have much experience using a FF.

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Around NE the P66 is ideal.
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Boathik .......

Jim is spot on I have a NSS8 .... the P66 will suit your needs.

Here's what it looks like installed.

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Have the NSS12 and the P66 works great.
Love the Simrad!!
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The easiest (and least expensive) option would be a P66 on the transom but I wanted to see if I should consider something else.

Josh
If as you wanted to learn about options beside the P66....look into the thru the hull B60.

About $70. more than the P66.
Not hard to install in most hull types.

Same element paramaters but of a higher build quality as it is brass vs plastic.
But there is an an advantage in that it it is running in cleaner water and Airmar states it has an advantage in that regard.
You have spent good money on a quality system ...not a bad idea to top it off a little higher quality transducer.
You get what you pay for with transducers.


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A thru-hull transducer is not really advisable in a foam filled boat with a sealed deck.
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Right..I missed the boat type.

Best to avoid this...lol
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A thru-hull transducer is not really advisable in a foam filled boat with a sealed deck.
My 20 Defiant had a bilge area with a pump. I asked Maritime Skiff and they gave me measurements for a suitable location.

I guess one thing i was wondering is is it is worth the extra money and expense to put in a through-hull or maybe even an in-hull. Would the NSS's built in sounder be taking full advantage of the better transducer?

Thanks again!
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Any FF will benefit from a "Better" transducer because of the added senstivity. The three ducers you are comparing are all identical in performance. In other words, they have the exact same guts, literally. So just figure out which mounting opton suits you the best. Sounds to me like any of the thre will work. With the in-hull P79 you'll lose about 30% of your range but not any sensitivity. It should work great at al speeds. With the transom mount you won't lose anything but you do have something hanging off your transom and if it is mounted wrong it will not work well at higher speeds. The B60 is very forgiving with how it is mounted and should work well at any speed.
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NSS & B60 is a very good allround combination.
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I ended up going with the 12 B60.

Installing it was a PITA because I couldn't get both arms into the bilge area to hold the ducer and turn the nut. As soon as the nut encountered the 4200 the ducer would spin. I had to pull it out, clean up the big mess and regroup. I figured out that if I taped the handles of some channel locks and wedged them against the transom I could then spin the nut on.... but I also used way less goop. No leaks!
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Looks good ..........
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Same combo (NSS8 + B60) for me and I am very happy with it.

I had owned Furuno FCV 620 + P66 in the past (old boat), and although the thru-hull is possibly a more difficult install, it is actually easier to get it right, imho. For me, the performance at speed is night and day (mostly likely due to P66 install error but I was never able to figure it out).
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Boathik, can I get the location Maritime suggested you mount the thru hull on your 20D. The dimensions must be x forward of the transom and y from the keal. And I guess the 12 degree is best based on the deadrise.
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