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In-hull transducer...Cored boat

I have a 1980 Chrysler 26 and I would like to install an in-hull transducer. I have tested many spots on the boat and cannot get a clean shot through the hull.

From what I understand I have a cored boat and will need to dig down to solid fiberglass.

Has anyone done this? I am looking for as much advice as possible before drilling that direction

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Astraeus...are you sure you have a cored boat. My guess is that you have a solid hull with full inner fiberglass pan/liner. Do you have any floorboards which let you access the bilge? If so...under the bilgewater is the real hull. It is that real hull you need to mount the transducer in. You may need to cut the pan somehere to give you the access you need. Check also under your settee cushions for access to the hull proper.
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I agree! I doubt the hull is cored below the water line. If it is you would be better off installing a thru hull transducer.
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The C-26 doesnt have a cored hull, but does have an inner liner. There are almost no access points to it inside, so you will have to cut an access hold somewhere. I would suggest the little raised area under the V-berth filler and put a peice of Starboard or wood over it. Ive got a buddy with a C-26 and this is where we made an access for a pump.
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I would recommend you put the transducer someplace that will have a relatively clean flow of water going by it... air bubbles or turbulence will interfere with the performance of the transducer. Generally, the bow is not a good place for a depth transducer, since the bow area generally has more turbulence than the mid-section or aft section of the boat.

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