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Old 10-14-2008, 10:10 PM
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Looking to have a through hull transducer installed next spring. Anyone know of any installers in my area? What do you guys think i would be looking at for a price?
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:58 AM
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If your boat is hauled out or on a trailer, you should consider doing it yourself. That is one of the easier installation tasks you can perform. You just need a good quality hole saw and some 3M 4200 or similar sealant. You may also need a backing block or fairing block depending upon the hull and transducer style.

The most important issue is proper location of the transducer so its stays in clean non-turbulent water as much as possible. You might try posting again with the boat model and transducer and see if other owners can give you tips on location.

Otherwise, you should talk to a dealer who sells your type boat and ask them for an installer recommendation of someone who has done installs on your model so you will get someone who knows where to locate the transducer properly. As for cost, I would assume about two hours' labor which will be $150-250 depending on who does the work and how hard it is to run the cable up to the sounder.
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:11 PM
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Thanks. Its a 27 Albermarle express. I didn;t know it was an easy install. Just something about drilling the bottom of the boat kinda scares me. Thanks for the advise.
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:07 AM
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You should get one of the Airmar tilted element transducers so you won't need a fairing block on the outside. That will make the install a lot easier and avoid possibly changing the performance of your boat. I have a 28 Carolina Classic and the factory strong recommends against big fairing blocks because it messes up the water to the props or the engine cooling intake depending upon where it is located. I ended up with an M260 which is the high performance in-hull transducer (no holes!!). Mine is located in the bilge on the keel line between the engines and reads perfectly at 30 kts. You do need a separate water temperature sensor but that is a very small hole and them mount flush to the hull.

I might have chosen the new high performance tilted element instead of the in-hull but they did not make them yet when my electronics were installed. Also you ned two of them, one for 50 and one for 200.
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