Datamarine Depth Instrument/Transducer - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 09-17-2007
T37Chef's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,102
Thanks: 58
Thanked 28 Times in 26 Posts
Rep Power: 8
T37Chef will become famous soon enough
Question Datamarine Depth Instrument/Transducer

I have a very old, ancient in fact, Datamarine Depth gage. Its on the fritz!

I have already sent the unit out for repair ($100 + buts thats another story for another day) and all looked good there, so it is likely the transducer.

My question...where can I find out of production new or refurbished transducer for Datamarine instruments. I have cruised the web with little success and hoped a sailnetter would know exactly who carries such stuff?

Thanks
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 09-17-2007
kd3pc's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Callao, VA
Posts: 1,332
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 8
kd3pc is on a distinguished road
Depending on how old it is, Norton's Yachts in Deltaville had someone rebuild my mast head unit....not sure who they used but it worked and was MUCH cheaper than replacing gear.

dave
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 09-17-2007
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 55
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 14
robfinora is on a distinguished road
These are the guys you want...they rebuilt all my units:

http://www.dmimarine.com/

Not cheap but easier than replacing everything.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 09-18-2007
Don Radcliffe
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Santa Cruz
Posts: 396
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
donradclife is on a distinguished road
Check the wiring between the transducer and the readout before you get another transducer--Datamarine used some pretty cheap plugs to connect the transducers.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 09-18-2007
Don Radcliffe
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Santa Cruz
Posts: 396
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
donradclife is on a distinguished road
I regularly check eBay for Datamarine parts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 09-18-2007
CalypsoP35's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Cape Cod
Posts: 321
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
CalypsoP35 is on a distinguished road
I had the same problem with a Datamarine depth transducer. All my Datamarine instruments were 23 years old at the time. Now you won't want to hear this but, I decided that the instruments had done their job and replaced all of them.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 09-18-2007
foxglove's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Columbus OH
Posts: 180
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
foxglove is on a distinguished road
Chart Plotter with Fishfinder

I have a similar problem. I'm considering buying a chart plotter (although I've never used one) that has a built-in fish finder that I would use for depth (I don't fish either). The transducer can be mounted inside the hull anywhere I want.

The unit is about $400, which is cheaper than replacement for my Datamarine sounder.

Any thoughts on this?

Fox
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 09-18-2007
Lancer28's Avatar
I'm the FNG still...
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 397
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Lancer28 is on a distinguished road
Fox, on that sounder for fish, you'll only receive the temp of your hull and bilge water if you install it in the hull. I mounted one off the back of my transom, on the centerline, under the water where not only heel won't affect the measurements, but it stays under and hidden.

t37, what is the matter with your datamarine gauge? what is it doing? I just rebuilt the depth, knots, distance, AWI and speed on my old boat. Perhaps I can help (and save you tons of money in the end!)
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 09-18-2007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 2,533
Thanks: 3
Thanked 16 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 13
Sailormon6 will become famous soon enough
Lancer, maybe you can point me in the right direction. I have a Datamarine apparent wind speed/direction instrument. The wind direction works, but not the wind speed. I recently replaced the broken anemometer cups at the masthead, but that didn't help. I expect I'll need to test the continuity of the cable, but, other than that, what is more likely to be the problem? Should I replace the sending unit at the masthead, or should I have the instrument serviced? Any guidance will be appreciated.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 09-18-2007
Sapperwhite's Avatar
Not So Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 2,504
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Sapperwhite has a spectacular aura about Sapperwhite has a spectacular aura about Sapperwhite has a spectacular aura about
Quote:
Originally Posted by robfinora View Post
These are the guys you want...they rebuilt all my units:

http://www.dmimarine.com/

Not cheap but easier than replacing everything.
I'll second DMI as I've used their services before and find them to be reliable. Yeah you might be able to come across something on ebay, but who knows if it is a good part or not, and who wants to wait for the right part to come along.

I have purchased a new speed log (paddle wheel type) through DMI, had it in 2 days, and it was exactly what I needed.

I'm impressed with DMIs replacement system, and I'll go with it when my 24yr old Datas go bad, but that hasn't happened yet. http://www.dmimarine.com/products/index.html
__________________
Dictated, but not read.

Last edited by Sapperwhite; 09-18-2007 at 11:25 AM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to test/debug Datamarine speed and depth gauges? tomgee Gear & Maintenance 6 02-19-2007 10:12 AM
Datamarine product quality? capecodphyllis Gear & Maintenance 1 12-07-2006 08:05 PM
Basic Thoughts on Tides Jim Sexton Learning to Sail Articles 0 11-17-2003 07:00 PM
Basic Thoughts on Tides Jim Sexton Seamanship Articles 0 11-17-2003 07:00 PM
Installing Depth Finders Tom Wood Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 03-01-2002 07:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:57 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.