Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Smithfield, RI
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I like my removable transducers (log and depth). When I have my boat surveyed and they did the short haul, the lifting straps came right across the the log transducer, damaging it's paddle wheel. Also, both were covered in sea creatures that enjoyed the nooks and crannies.
Now, I pull them out at the end of each weekend to prevent that. The process takes about 10 seconds each, maybe. Water comes in, but it just goes right into the bilge. And you can bet they will come out before the next short haul. For the winter, they are probably coming home with me.
If you are wondering if they leak, they do not. Not a drop.
I am using older Nexus stuff that came with the boat. I am very pleased with it. I do admit it would be nice to have the flap SD mentioned, but I don't really miss it and would not select instruments based upon that feature alone. Of course there are other reasons to pick Tick Tack or Raymarine beyond the flap.
As for the wireless, I'm also in the computer industry and where I can use actual wires, I prefer to. You only have to run the wire up the mast once, and I also prefer not to use batteries where I can avoid that (other than the house battery of course). That's a personal preference thing.
Just my 2 cents worth. Good luck!