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joezucchini 04-03-2010 12:29 PM

Depth gauge for my Starwind 19..

I'm wanting to install a depth gauge on my '83 Starwind 19. The problem is that I've been told the depth gauge must be installed under water to work correctly. But on my boat the bottom of the hull on the aft end is not completely submerged under water. Anyone have a good suggestions????



75R20 04-03-2010 12:37 PM

Sure......Read some of the threads on depth sounders that are current. The transducer on many sounders is glued inside the hull, if the hull is a "non-cored" hull. Lots of info here.
Best of luck
S/V Mariah

joezucchini 04-04-2010 01:12 PM

Depth Gauge
Thanks for the reply....any way I can determine if my boat has a non-cored hull?

saildork 04-05-2010 07:17 AM

Joe, See if you can link up with a Starwind user's group or another Starwind owner. They can tell you if the hull is cored. Then look at the threads here and elsewhere, manufacturers sites (eg. Hummingbird) to see their literature on the subject. You will find it a pretty simple matter to mount the transducer to get accurate and consistent readings.

On my Catalina 22, I've mounted the transducer 'puck' forward of the keel, placed in 'toilette-mounting' wax (some folks use epoxy). I first mounted a 3" piece of plumbing-PVC to the inside of the hull, sealing it in with marine grade sealant. I poured melted wax into the PVC fitting, pushed the puck down into the wax, covered the whole thing with a threaded access plug for the PVC fitting, running the transducer wire out through the top of the plug. Works like a charm and I didn't have to drill a 2" hole in the bottom of my boat.:D


joezucchini 04-05-2010 10:30 AM

Depth Gauge
Thanks Pat...good guidance.

Happy Sailing,


roline 04-05-2010 11:50 AM

You can place the transducer puck in a bag of water and place it around on the hull if you are in deep water that would be the greatest test. it works or not, if it works, epoxy it in the pace it worked with the bad of water...

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