I am miffed as to why my transducer is so far back on the bottom. I took a walk through the boat yard and noticed most other boats had the same location. One boat did have the transducer forward which seems to make more sense.
Depth and sonar transducers need to stay in the water (or, if an in-hull transducer, at least below the water line) and away from interference from turbulence, mechanical and electrical interference and obstructions such as the keel. Most recommendations I've
seen are "a few feet forward of the keel, as close to the center-line as practical."
I want to know what I'm approaching and not what I'm on...Does that make sense?
It makes sense, but it's a futile quest. (Unless you're willing to invest in a forward-looking sonar.) Consider: Have you ever tried to stop your boat quickly
? Even at realatively low speeds (3 kts under motor, say), sailboats just don't stop very fast. Several tons of mass, tiny little motor, tiny little prop. Having a depth or downward-looking sonar transducer another 10-20' forward just isn't going to make much of a difference.
Your feedback will definetely help me out. I'm thinking of placing it where the 'speed wheel' is located forward, as that seldom functions and w gps I don't think its practical anymore. Thanks!
Why does it seldom function? Ours gets weeds in it, from time-to-time, but it usually clears itself pretty quickly. If not: It's a trivial operation to quickly pull it, clear it, and put it back in. What that knot meter is telling you is not the same thing as what the GPS is telling you. The knot meter is telling you your speed through the water. The GPS is telling you your speed over land. I would not want to do without my knot meter any more than I'd want to do without a compass.