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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????
'88 C&C 30 MKII
Last edited by RobGallagher; 05-22-2013 at 11:06 AM.