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Mounting Transducer in-hull on a Starwind 19

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Any advice on the best place to mount a transducer for a depth sounder for my Starwind 19? I'm guessing in-hull is better since the back of my boat sits a few inches above the water. By the way, I'm looking at both the Hummingbird HDR 610 P and the Hawkeye D10D models.....any advise on which is better?

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I'd guess in terms of quality they are both about the same. I bought the Hawkeye because it was in stock at my West Marine. It came with both white and black face plates, and it came with the weatherproof cap. It came with the transducer, everything. It was a good buy. Installed in minutes and worked exactly perfectly.
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Where did you mount it?
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you might be able to search the threads, as i asked the same question and got a lot of good feedback. IIRC mitiempo's suggestions were the best for me. dont forget to offset depth for the keel... anyway, mine is a bit toward stern, but it is used more for fishfinding-then as a back up depth finder to my thru-hull unit.
anyway, i cleaned the figerglass.... set the transducer in a bag of water and kinda moved it around till i liked it. then, epoxed it to the hull in the right spot with sort of a twisting motion to make sure there were no bubbles. then got some PVC (IIRC 4"?) with a threaded end, got a cap for the end, drilled a small hole for the cable on the upper side of PVC... sanded the 'open' side of the pipe to fit hull, epoxyed that over the transducer, then you need to put some liquid in there... mineral spirits or something... im sure guys will give you suggestions.

oh, one thing mitiempo also pointed out (a bit diff. for me for the fish finding use mentioned above), the closer to the bow you put it, the more 'infront' of you you will be seeing, handy if you are using it to prevent grounding.
oh, i have a hummingbird and like it a lot.
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This might help you out.

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If it is epoxied to the hull the pvc pipe is not needed. The pvc pipe is used with liquid if you don't use epoxy. Here's a link to West Epoxies instructions for installing a transducer.
WEST SYSTEM | Modifying and Customizing Boats - Depth sounder installation

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Thank you gentleman....I think I got what I need to proceed.
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