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The original depth sounder, placed below the mast step, died about 7 years ago. The Marian Claire is a wood boat 1 1/4 " mahogany planking so no way to "see" thru the hull and I did not want to pull the mast to redo the transponder. I mounted a bottom of the line Hummingbird fish finder on the aft edge of the rudder. Rudder is hung on the stern. Worked fine until I hit 2000 RPM. Then it would not read. I moved the FF to the port side about 5 ft forward of the stern. I mounted it on a piece of UV conduit. Works great and the best thing is I can easily raise the conduit/FF out of the water when not in use so no build up of crud. It does tend to catch grass, weeds, etc if that stuff is floating around on the surface. But again just pop it up and it clears. It looks goofy and people do ask "What is that?" It does not give you any warning being positioned so far aft but I can deal with that. 10k miles with lots of exploring in shallow water and yes a few touches with the bottom but I am happy with it.
Dan S/V Marian Claire
 
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