Depth Sounder questions
I have been looking at new depth sounders and have found a few options available and wonder about them.
First, I have a massively thick bow/keel area at the front (say 2.5 inches, solid glass) and I am looking to put the depth transducer there. I would also like to include a speed/log wheel as well as temp. Some guys swear by temp as being an important Gulfstream crossing aid. Anyway, I can afford to cut 1" into the glass to set the transducer in, protecting it a little, but no way can I fit 2 transducers.
So far I''m looking at Raymarine intergrated instruments. The ST60 Tridata system does everything with a single head and a single bronze thru-hull transducer, but the $680 for the head and $370 for the transducer is making my butt pucker.
Is this really the best way to go? Should I dial back to the ST40 system and give up temp and speed/log? I just don''t have the money to spend foolishly, but sometimes, as I''ve found out before, scrimping on important stuff is fools savings.