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I have a 1996 Hunter with an ST50 Tridata that has unfortunately gone kaput. I am interested in thoughts around good or bad experiences with electronic options that are out there.

Technically, I only the depth gauge as I have a separate GPS unit but cannot decide to go with a cheap depth only or another Tridata type recorder.

We are mostly weekend cruisers and would like to add an autopilot some day but dont have the funds to go that route yet.

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Matt, my first thought is call Raymarine/Raytheon on their toll-free line and ask about repair estimates and troubleshooting whether it is the ST50 or the sensor that has gone bad.
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Also, if it is the transducer, then the one off the st60 might work as a replacement...same thing if the display head has gone bad.... the ST60 might be backwards compatible.

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Good Luck Calling

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Hey who knows they might just answer the phone. If they do they can't fix it, but would be happy to sell you a new one. If you leave your number for them to call back, Don't hold your breath.,

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st50 v. st60

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I called their local Raymarine shops and all of them wanted to sell me a new ST60. $650 for the transducer and sensor and the two estimates I received were a minimum or $400 to install as they claimed the pinning was different.

I am fairly handy with standard electrical work around the house but have never done any work on the boat. I am nervous about the pinning component. If it is was the same I would replace it tomorrow. I just cannot stomach $400 for what I know is BS labor uplift costs.

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I would call Raymarine directly.... as you have Raymarine gear, and if you're having a problem, I found that they will often offer you an upgrade for considerably less than retail. They can also tell you if the dealer is blowing smoke or not. $400 sounds pretty high for the install, especially if the wiring is still good.

You have checked the continuity and resistance levels of the wiring...haven't you?

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2 things

1. your local chandlery may let you "borrow" a transducer and/or a display unit to test the equipment in place. Mine did when I had a problem with ST40. I tried hanging a tranducer over the side to see if that was the problem - then I tried hooking up a new display. Was the electronics in the display. Then they ordered a new display unit for me (free) and I had the whole thing fixed in 1 week. Of course it was a new unit.

2. The ST40 bi-data is a very inexpensive alternative to ST60. Speed/log/depth for 350 cdn. I love mine.

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