|Topic Review (Newest First)|
|05-31-2011 10:45 AM|
|nsa_sailor||We replaced ours with a Humminbird unit that epoxies to the hull, next to the engine water intake under the starboard quarterberth. Never could get the the Signet Speed/Log/Depth to read the depth. This one works great.|
|05-25-2011 12:01 PM|
Still not sure what method I'll use to secure to the hull, oil bath or epoxy in butter dish. But will re-examine the 'under sink' area. Awfully tight with 2 thru-hulls and 2 bilge hoses (auto pump & whale backup). Getting a hammer in there to pound down a plug in case of emergency would be tough.
The engine compartment has room, but difficult access. Plus lots of vibration from the engine (I'll be re-powering next year) and associated heat and blow-by exhaust fumes. Not electrical friendly.
I've already drilled wire-chase holes for the water speed 'ducer coming aft from the forepeak locker. My strongest inclination is to install depth adjacent to this 'ducer.
Will re-evaluate in a couple days when the holding tank replacement project is done. Didn't realize that the Ronco tank & thru-hull would be so difficult to install. Had to glass over the original thru-hull hole & install the tank prior to re-installing the thru-hull fitting. Good thing is I'll have space to mount an in-line gusher pump & y-valve in the same compartment, under the starboard settee. Will be glad when this is done.
Tough project. Couldn't see how difficult it was going to be until I hauled out and removed all existing pipe/tank/thru-hulls. I've been taking pictures, if anyone's interested I can share when done (hopefully soon).
|05-25-2011 01:31 AM|
transducer location - was oil bath...
I think it is hard to beat a nice "short run" installation under the galley sink.
It has lots of advantages and only one "dis", it's already tight in the galley.
On the plus side; power is right there, the data cable run is short, it is possible to mount it aft in a nearly useless and filthy space, it is near the center line and thus almost for sure going to be reading the bottom.
Your milage, nautical and otherwise, may vary.
|05-24-2011 02:57 PM|
Unfortunately I've got no extra room in the head to floor mount the 'ducer. Barely enough room to drop a deuce! Finding an area to mount this that is somewhat protected while still allowing me access is proving difficult.
Will keep looking around as I finish my work in the boatyard. Could easily drill this puppy and be done with it, but why add ANOTHER thru-hull, ya know? I've already got 7 (engine intake, septic outfall, raw water in & sink for kitchen & head, water speed 'ducer). Assuming that's typical (???).
|05-21-2011 07:29 PM|
Offered not as a recommendation, but as a reference to another alternative.
I've got an old Standard Horizon depth finder with what looks like a transom mount transducer. Some prior owner cut a hole in the head sole and put it there with what appears to be silicon sealant. The hole is covered by the cut-out. It works, when I'm paying attention.
(I keep looking at that hole and think about shower drain possibilities.)
|05-16-2011 01:09 AM|
|joelozzy||Thanks for the info. Yes, I'm trying to avoid adding another thru-hull to my existing 6-hole (soon to be 7) inventory. And I've since found several articles that explain the 'no thru-hull/bath' method. Looks like Castor Oil is the fluid of choice. Now to select a suitable location that is easily accessed...|
|05-15-2011 12:45 PM|
depth transducer in oil bath
The 1977 i28 I crew aboard has its depth transduce installed in a tube under the port settee, immersed in mineral oil. I am not sure what bonds the tube to the hull but it has held for 34 hard sailing years...
|05-14-2011 05:17 PM|
Islander 28 - Original depth transducer in oil bath?
I'm currently on the hard replacing a couple thru-hulls and just realized where my depth transducer is located: under the starboard settee, next to the waste holding bladder in a half-dome fluid bath. There is no thru-hull fitting, which is great. But the dome is glassed into the hull.
I'm wondering if anyone with a similar setup has re-used this bath with new depth transducers? I've specifically got the Raymarine ST-60plus.
Also, what fluid would you use for the bath? Appears that the fluid in there is green glycol.