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shanedennis 09-07-2012 01:49 PM

Depth sounder recommendations
Our Pacific Seacraft 34 has an old Apelco 530 fishfinder on it. The display is fading fast and only part of the display works. In hot weather we need to put a wet cloth over it to cool it down before we can read the display. We only use it depth soundings.

We want to replace it with a simple, high quality depth sounder. We only need to read depth. We do want a chart plotter or multifunction display because we are on strict energy diet and have no plans to add capacity. We just want a simple, low power high quality display and a high quality transducer. It would be nice if the depth sounder was NMEA 2000 compliant - just in case we decide to connect it to something else one day.

What do you think we should look at? Our marina is a Raymarine shop, but we are open to ideas.

Tim R. 09-07-2012 02:32 PM

Re: Depth sounder recommendations
I have a Garmin GSD22 that displays on my 3206 chartplotter. It works great. I replaced a dedicated unit that I am now selling for $100. Works perfectly. Just needs a connector for the transducer. It is a Furuno 4100 Echo Sounder Fish Finder.

jdpmus 09-07-2012 03:10 PM

Re: Depth sounder recommendations
I recently installed a Hawkeye 10d10 depth finder on our Cape Dory 25. Very thorough installation instructions covering varying types of locations. (You can look through the manual on their website).

Cost $99; reads from 3-200 feet. Ours installed without punching a hole in the hull. Located the transducer in the bilge and epoxied it in place. Dial takes a 2" hole, which you may already have on your boat. Alternatively it can be mounted using an (optional) bracket.

Great piece of gear.

eherlihy 09-07-2012 04:21 PM

Re: Depth sounder recommendations
I recently installed a Garmin echo 200 FishFinder to replace my old Signet Marine unit. I cut the old transducer cable, but left the transducer in place because I did not want to haul in the middle of the season. I used Silicone "Glue" to stick the Garmin transducer to the inside of my hull, and it works perfectly. I have verified its accuracy to depths of over 100', and it is cool that I can "see" the fish. Total cost was ~$150.

Stenn 09-07-2012 04:35 PM

A typo maybe?
Shanedennis......did you mean to say "we DO want a chart plotter.....? Because the context of your message seems to say the opposite, yet people are answering you with chart plotter/fish finder recommendations.

Ulladh 09-07-2012 06:38 PM

I installed a Hawk eye this year yo replace a unit that had a unreadable display due to UV exposure.
The Hawk eye was less than $100 easy install and has cap to protect the display from UV damage

sawingknots 09-07-2012 08:55 PM

Re: Depth sounder recommendations
I have a sr mariner with a tru hole transducer,my back up depth finder [datamarine]gave up the ghost this spring,I bought a little cheap humminbird 210 $90 and epoxied the transducer in exactly the same postion as the tru hull but on the other side,actually i like it better than the more expencive sr mariner. btw hard epoxy works better than silicone because it doesn't absorb the [ping] sound waves

shanedennis 09-07-2012 11:19 PM

Thanks for the recommendations everybody.

Stern pegged it - we are looking for a simple numeric display to save power. We find we don't use the other fishfinder/chartplotter functions. This old ship is sailing to Australia from Lake Superior so the display and transducer need to be absolutely solid.

I figure we can put the new transducer in the hole currently used by the Apelco transducer.

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