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Old 07-26-2005, 12:11 PM
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What is Ray Marine Best Thru Hull Transducer without spending top of the line money? E66076 Ultra Performance Transducer is $1450.00 and is rated for 2000 watt sounder and my sounder from them E66069 DSM300 Sounder for $560.00 is only a 1000 watt unit!! What is a better match than that big old honking unit? Should I be considering 50/200 Bronze Thru Hull or other models that will do the same job for me as the ones out on the commercial boats? To get the best picture do I need to kick up the watts to 2000 or more or is the 1000 unit enough for me and I am on over-kill??

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We have the Airmar R99 on a 32' Whaler...great unit, requires a 30' plus boat...they are big. If possible I would suggest a in-hull transducer if possible. Performance is almost equal to a through hull. We did not have that option. www.airmar.com
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Mumblerone - 7/26/2005 10:43 AM

We have the Airmar R99 on a 32' Whaler...great unit, requires a 30' plus boat...they are big. If possible I would suggest a in-hull transducer if possible. Performance is almost equal to a through hull. We did not have that option. www.airmar.com
I am ordering a 28' pilot house will that be close enough to the 30' class for your transducer your talking about the Airmar R99??

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Steve you can easily install the shoot thru on the Alum hull and it works like a charm ... other wise the
B256 would the next best ducer to the B260 ...

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Tightline Rod's - 7/26/2005 7:01 PM

Steve you can easily install the shoot thru on the Alum hull and it works like a charm ... other wise the
B256 would the next best ducer to the B260 ...

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John,

Thanks I did like the 260 with the blocks.

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Steve Alum makes a great shoot thru material ....... and the % of signal lose is minor ...

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John that is not what a number of sites are saying including Ray Marine, Airmar and others. What should a guy believe? When a MFG tell you this what should you do? Will it cause damage at a later date? I do not know enough about the shoot thru to decide so I must go with past performance and the thru hole is the most accurate, I think?

Here is what Ray Marine site is saying and I mean quote;

Factors to consider when selecting a transducer

When trying to determine which transducer is best for you, you’ll need to consider the following variables:

* What material the transducer housing is made of, based on boat hull composition
* How the transducer should be mounted on the boat: in the hull, through the hull, or on the transom
* What you want to see displayed: depth, speed, temperature, or a combination

Composition

The first step is to determine what material the transducer should be composed of.

Plastic housings are recommended for fiberglass or metal hulls.

Bronze housings are recommended for fiberglass or wood hulls. Bronze is preferable to plastic for wooden hulls because the expansion of wood could damage a plastic transducer and cause a leak. Installation of a bronze housing in a metal hull requires an insulating fairing, available from your Raymarine dealer. A metal housing should NOT be installed in a vessel with a positive ground system.

Stainless Steel housings are recommended for steel or aluminum hulls.
In-Hull Transducers

In-hull (a.k.a. shoot-through) transducers are epoxied directly to the inside of the hull. These are only used in fiberglass hulls. In-hulls will not work with wooden aluminum, wood, or steel hulls, or in foam sandwich or hulls that have air pockets. Any wood, metal, or foam reinforcement must be removed from the inside of the hull.

With an in-hull transducer, the signal is transmitted and received through the hull of the boat. As a result, there is considerable loss of sonar performance.

In other words, you won’t be able to read as deep or detect fish as well with an in-hull transducer as with one that’s transom mounted or thru-hull mounted.

Fiberglass hulls are often reinforced in places for added strength. These cored areas contain balsa wood or structural foam, which are poor sound conductors. The transducer will need to be located where the fiberglass is solid and there are no air bubbles trapped in the fiberglass resin. You’ll also want to make sure that there is no coring, flotation material, or dead air space sandwiched between the inside skin and the outer skin of the hull.

Advantages

* No holes drilled in hull
* Excellent high speed performance
* No obstructions in the water
* Low maintenance

Disadvantages

* Reduced maximum depth reading
* reduced fish detection
* Can only be used with fiberglass hulls

Info taken from the RayMarine description section

I am drilling holes to get the best results after spending the $$$'s for multi $1000.00 unit, transducer, monitor and getting accurate readings. They say that they work thru the hull even a metal one but most talk about a power loss and response loss and accuacy loss. Thru hull is the way I am going for sure.

JMO

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