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Old 05-07-2008, 05:25 PM
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Does anyone in this area know of a good electronics installer (a little OCD would be a plus!)

I've gotten almost all my new stuff from Jim at BOE and am ready to have it put in. The problem is finding someone who is comfortable setting it all up and drilling a huge hole in the bottom of the boat for the big transducer. Some boat stores have given me a name or two...but all except one have stopped at the installation of the ducer. One guy was willing to do it but he sounded like some surfer burnout who said "well....sometimes they leak, dude, but we can always caulk it up 'bro". Doesn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling turning my stuff over....

I've had this (my first ocean boat) for two months now and it's just been one thing after another trying to get it ready for water. The excitement at the prospect of a new hobby and lifestyle is turning into wondering if I've made one of the biggest (and most expensive) mistakes ever.
Maybe my mid-life crisis should have been the red sportscar and 20 year old bimbo girlfriend.

If anyone has some advice I'd greatly appreciate it.
Old 05-07-2008, 05:38 PM
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We are in Tampa if your interested. My family live in Melbourne so we might make a trip.

Old 05-07-2008, 06:54 PM
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No matter who you end up getting to do the install I wouldn't accept anything less than a 100% leakproof guarantee from them. If its done right it shouldn't leak at all.
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I've used: http://www.scubasteve.biz/
He is in the Tampa area as well and he installed my in-hull xducer. His prices are on par with BoE for electronics
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http://www.bethel-marine.com/

They install
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What else needs to be installed other then the transducer?
If you want to learn how to install yourself so if there is something that goes wrong in the future you can figure out the problem or have an idea if someone is telling you BS I would be willing to help in-trade for some fishing time.
What model of electronics and transducer did you go with?
There should be other alernative's to install the transducer if you dont feel comfortable drilling thru the bottom of the boat.
I agree that if it is installed correctly it shouldnt leak.
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for a good hands on guy try Pura Vida marine services.He used to do all of Bethels and his parents started it.Phone number is 960-1410;hes located in Indialantic.
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MrPat - 5/8/2008 4:49 AM

http://www.bethel-marine.com/

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Old 05-09-2008, 11:13 AM
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I had the same issue while trying to get my B260 glassed into the hull of my Regulator. I ended up having Whiticar boat works do it at a premium price. The install was no less than perfect. Top quality all the way and never a worry from me as to its durability or safety. It was custom glassed in centerline of my hull, no preformed enclosure was used. I looked high and low for someone to do the work and nobody would glass the ducer in.

After all was said and done I had every tom dick and harry in the U.S. telling me they could have done it and for much less. Where were thay all when I was looking for someone for 3 months who would cut into my hull?

You got off lucky here buddy. If SWFL says he can do it then that is the only person responding that I would trust to do it. If I had been able to use him in the past I would have. Thats not to say I did not get a top tier job from Whiticar. I got the best of the best to do my install and I certainly paid for it. I wanted piece of mind for what I was doing and Whiticar offered me that. Now that I have been there and done that I would be just as happy and secure with a job from SWFL Nav.
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Try Joe Johnson at Southern Marine Electronics in Hobe Sound. They are professional installers who fly everywhere for major work or will perform it in their shop. It may not be cheap but it will be right.

Southern Marine Electronics
123 Main Street
West Palm Beach 33408
Contact: Joe Johnson
Phone: 561-628-3612
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elwopo - 5/7/2008 5:25 PM

Does anyone in this area know of a good electronics installer (a little OCD would be a plus!)

I've gotten almost all my new stuff from Jim at BOE and am ready to have it put in. The problem is finding someone who is comfortable setting it all up and drilling a huge hole in the bottom of the boat for the big transducer. Some boat stores have given me a name or two...but all except one have stopped at the installation of the ducer. One guy was willing to do it but he sounded like some surfer burnout who said "well....sometimes they leak, dude, but we can always caulk it up 'bro". Doesn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling turning my stuff over....

I've had this (my first ocean boat) for two months now and it's just been one thing after another trying to get it ready for water. The excitement at the prospect of a new hobby and lifestyle is turning into wondering if I've made one of the biggest (and most expensive) mistakes ever.
Maybe my mid-life crisis should have been the red sportscar and 20 year old bimbo girlfriend.

If anyone has some advice I'd greatly appreciate it.
Call Chris owner of Marine Tech Services in Orlando area 407-925-3462
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Check this out.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...198379&start=1

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I had good luck with this company. www.thruhull.com

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