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    Mounting a thru hull transducer.

    I am in the market for a FF/chartplotter. I like the Elite 4 with DSI , but I want to mount the transducer in the hull. Any and all answers are welcome. I'm spending maybe $250. Thanks for any help.


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    Im not sure if you can mount a side imagining puck inside the hull.........What do the instructions say about it?

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    i just installed the elite 7-dsi gold on my ski. the manual will tell you that you will lose sensitivity if you mount in in your hull. I used a stern-saver on mine so i didn't have to drill any holes. I am super happy with the unit. you will probably need to update the software when you get it though. its simple to do, you just need a micro sd card. the dsi is ridiculously detailed, i am very impressed with it.

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    Thanks guys. I have not pulled the trigger yet. Trying to get all info about them before I purchase.

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    I just went through this like 2 weeks ago. I was going to get the Elite 4 DSI. After speaking directly with Lowrance, they said do not mount it through hull. You will lose the definition that you are paying extra for if you shoot through hull. I finally pulled the trigger on an Elite 5 Gold. It just so happened to be on sale when I went in to buy and I got it $200 off! Its a bigger screen and much easier to see. I mounted the transducer just in front of the battery on my VXR as was suggested on this site. I mostly ride back creeks out to a river and it really makes you feel safer actually knowing how much water is under you! The navigation part is awesome as well. I was following my cousin that really knows the water last weekend. When I went to leave, the navigation tracked the whole trip, so finding my way out of all the whining twisting creeks was easy! I definitely think its the best thing I could have bought for the ski! I'll get some pics up for you soon.

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    I don't have pics of the transducer with me, but here is how I mounted the head unit.




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    Quote Originally Posted by madramper View Post
    I don't have pics of the transducer with me, but here is how I mounted the head unit.




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    Mad that is a great finished product. Love to see the wiring and transducer mount.

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    I took a couple pictures back a little bit so you could get a better idea of the orientation and location. I drilled a hole in the glove box insert for the wires to go through and ran them back to the battery with an inline fuse. If you need to remove the insert, you just need to unplug the wire from the back of the unit. Its very quick and easy. I was a little concerned about running off of only one battery, but I figured if I ever get in a situation where I use it for fishing or something and leave the unit on without the engine running, I will look into a second battery then. The silicon is a little sloppy, but I didn't want to have to take it off and add more, so I put plenty down the first time. I may trim it down a little bit, but its not hurting anything.
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    I left mine on for 3 days last week by mistake, as I usually unplug it from the back....ski was a tad sluggish turning over but fired right up....I have the original Yusa battery......

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    That's good to know!

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