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Old 12-29-2008, 03:10 PM
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I have been looking at the Garmin 4212 and I have a few questions on what to get. I have a 20' CC and only fish inshore up to maybe 60' of water. So what transducer would be good to get? Also what radome should I look for? I am going to be going to the Miami boat show and just want as much info on it before I go. Thanks.
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Old 12-29-2008, 03:18 PM
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In my opinion, a 600kw is enough power. Then you have to decided how you feel about drilling a hole in your hull. If it doesn't bother you, I would install an Airmar thru hull. Depending on the deadrise at your transom, the B60 is very good transducer.

If you don't want a hole below the waterline, consider the P66 shoot through. I personally don't care for transom mount transducers however, many swear by them. If you troll a lot and need speed through the water, the paddle wheel transom mount could be your best option.

Go to the airmar site, enter in some basic info about your situation and it will lead you to your choices.

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Old 12-29-2008, 05:48 PM
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I agree the 600 W will be more than enough. As far as transducer you should be thinking of the type of fish you're targeting. For the fish I'm after I prefer the transducers that provide a wide angle. I can better spot an area that has bait fish or schooling fish. Airmar make a number of 50/200 transducers that provided a 45 degree and 12 degree beam.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:57 PM
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I wouldnt mind having a thru hull. From what I read they will give you the best readings. I believe the deadrise on my boat is 19 degrees. Most of my fishing is for striped bass.
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Install a B164 tilted 20 degree's thru hull. 1000watts, will be pointing straight down with your 19 hull. And if or when you start fishing water a bit deeper, you'll appreciate the extra power. But a 600 watt'er would be just fine also.

For the dome, get the 18 or 24" HD dome. done.
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Old 12-30-2008, 03:45 PM
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I also have the Garmin 4212 combined with the GSD 22. I'm using the 80/200Khz transducer.
This came standard on the boat. I'm pretty happy with the result, but I'm wondering if there's a better transom transducer out there.
I'm just looking to upgrade the quality.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
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Old 12-30-2008, 03:51 PM
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THU HULL! Loose the transom mount. I thought they were illeagal anyway??
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I was very skeptical with going thru hull. I know it will give me a better quality. But where I fish it's very normal to be in 5 to 7 feet waves. Needless to say the boat takes alot of pounding. Having someone put a hole in the boat just didn't sit right with me.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:40 AM
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I got the $80 shoot-through / in hull transducer (500/600w I think?) on my 23' and am very happy with it. I can read depth just fine at 35-40 mph and I don't have to worry about cleaning the transducer when I leave the boat in the water, nor do I have to worry about hitting it when I am trailering it. People say there is a loss of sensitivity but seems pretty good to me. I read depth fine up to about 900 feet, at which point I simply use the chart depth #s.

The only thing it doesn't have is water temp, since it's not in contact with the water.

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Old 12-31-2008, 10:41 AM
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leo22 - 12/30/2008 6:56 PM

I was very skeptical with going thru hull. I know it will give me a better quality. But where I fish it's very normal to be in 5 to 7 feet waves. Needless to say the boat takes alot of pounding. Having someone put a hole in the boat just didn't sit right with me.
The hole in the bottom of your boat filled with a 3" round piece of brass, will NOT affect the hull at all. My boat goes out to the canyons, I have more holes in the hull that you'd believe!

qty 2 - 3" engine cooling water intake thru hulls
qty 1 - 2" generator cooling water intake
qty 2 - 2" shaft exit holes
qty 1 - 2" raw water intake (for washdown and livewell)
qty 1 - 2" raw water intake for head
qty 1 - 2" exit for head overboard discharge
qty 1 - 2" raw water intake for AC/heat exchanger
qty 1 - 4" B164 transducer thru hull


Shall I continue? Drill it, and forget it!!
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:54 AM
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In that case...what is the best tranducer for the Garmin 4212 and Garmin GSD 22 sounder?
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:18 AM
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I have the Garmin 4208 just bought the GSD 22 and the P66 Airmar transom mount. I have heard the Airmar P66 is the best transom mount. I replacing an existing transom mount . I am installing it on saturday. I will update once installed and tested.

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Old 01-03-2009, 03:01 PM
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TheOtherLine - 12/29/2008 6:18 PM



If you don't want a hole below the waterline, consider the P66 shoot through.
Dang it. I just caughy my error. I meant, the P79. Duh. Sorry.
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Old 01-03-2009, 05:52 PM
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Just finished installation today. Works very well and easy to install for a novice like myself. The true test will be this week offshore looking for some good bottom.

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