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Biggest JackAss handyman maneuvers

Here is my latest;

I decided to finally install that transducer that came with last Spring's new chartplotter. I was determined to put it in front of the keel. It's psychological. It has to be there so I can see that rock at the last second. Why would you want to see what is behind your keel?

This all made the job harder by twentyfold because I needed 12 miles of wire to route it all properly. It also meant pulling up all my flooring and practicing my latest yoga moves. Thank god I had the defective see through yoga pants.

I needed to find that sweet spot where the transducer gets a good read. I used the bag of water with the transducer in it trick.

Must have spent six hours maneuvering a jury-rigged chartplotter and wires all over the boat while pointing that thing through the hull in every spot imaginable, spilling water all over the place.

You tube to the rescue. Some Redneck bass fishermen, within 3 minutes of his video, reminds us all that Yankee numb nuts sailors will think that the flat end of the transducer points down. That is not the case. It sits like a torpedo.

Next, obviously, I need the fancy 4 x 20 gauge wire. West Marine has none. They suggest I buy twice as much 2 x 20 gauge and run it double.

I run all the wire and start connecting... only to find that I need 5 wires!

Nearly three days labor and running around. Plus I have an extra hole in my Pedestal guard as I was sure I would need two with all that wire, of course I didn't.

Really now, wouldn't you think the thing points down instead of laying flat like that????
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Re: Biggest JackAss handyman maneuvers

that is a Transom mount transducer, made to mount on a bracket mounted to the transom. it will work in the hull but may loose some depth at the far range.

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Re: Biggest JackAss handyman maneuvers

laying flat is the way to go, since as overbored mentioned that transducer typically mounts on the outside and is stern mounted via a small bracket.
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Re: Biggest JackAss handyman maneuvers

That's what you get for "having" to mount it in front of the keel. I stuck mine on a flat spot just under the engine with some silicone. It took 5 minutes...

My Ninja reflexes are shot so looking in front of the keel is worthless.

Sorry, couldn't resist
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Re: Biggest JackAss handyman maneuvers

The one that came with my Garmin... uh.. well... its still new in the box .
Any body like to buy it really cheap? Somehow, I don't think that I'll try to install it (after 3 years).
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That's what you get for "having" to mount it in front of the keel. I stuck mine on a flat spot just under the engine with some silicone. It took 5 minutes...

My Ninja reflexes are shot so looking in front of the keel is worthless.

Sorry, couldn't resist
I know, I should have done the same. For what they charge for that many feet of wire I could have gotten a decent bottle of single malt.

I get these silly ideas in my head and I can't talk myself out of them...
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It's good to have it in front of the keel, that extra second of screaming before the bang is the best part.
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Re: Biggest JackAss handyman maneuvers

Just get a toilet wax ring, push that into the hull in front of your keel, stick the transducer there, and run wires back to the instrument. The wax is sticky enough to hold a transom-mount transducer just fine and has no bubbles so the sonar passes right through it.

If you don't want to deal with long cables then just put it behind the keel. On my old Catalina 25 it is under a galley cabinet. It is a transom-mount style transducer and this may reduce it's sensitivity, but it still sees the bottom in a few hundred feet of water and I'm not sure that it's helpful to know the depth when it is deeper than that.

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Re: Biggest JackAss handyman maneuvers

Of course your jackass maneuver wasn't helped by taking the advice of a professional jackass at Westmarine saying "Why don't you just use twice as much of the wrong wire" instead of "Why don't we bring in the product you need sir?"

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Of course your jackass maneuver wasn't helped by taking the advice of a professional jackass at Westmarine saying "Why don't you just use twice as much of the wrong wire" instead of "Why don't we bring in the product you need sir?"

Westmarine sucks.
I know, but the guy was nice enough.... I'm on a mooring and running back and forth... waiting for new wire to come in... It's really my fault for not double checking and then just going to defender where I know they would have the wire in stock.

Well that and my girlfriend had given me a gift card from West

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