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    Depth Finder Installation

    I few weeks ago I set out to install a depth finder in my 07 RXT. Decided I did not want a transom mount so DSI was out. I ended up with the Lowrance Elite 4 chartplotter/finder.

    I siliconed the stock transducer in with 3M 4000 marine grade silicon in the stock sounder location. I had to remove the seat bridge and some of the hoses to gain better access. This 3M stuff worded really well. It is very firm right out of the tube. So positioning and keeping the transducer in place until the silicone was dry was no trouble at all.

    Next I set out to install the unit into the cover of the glove box. I cut a hole just big enough for the unit to slip into. I used 3M 8663 marine silicone (black) to hold that in place.

    Last I did all the normal routing of wires and hooking up power, etc. Overall I'm really happy with the addition to the ski. I ride in marshy areas and lakes that are shallow. Now I know exactly now shallow. Before I was just guessing and praying! Also, the GPS chartplotter is an excellent feature if you ride in a lot of different places. The first day I used it (as the Morgan City Mud Bug) we rode 70 miles and I was able to follow all routes on the unit. Very cool.

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    Here are a few more.

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    Since that appears to be a transom mount transducer that you mounted as an in hull transducer, I'm very interested in hearing how it works! If they work through the hull, it may open up opportunities for me since I'm finding it very hard to find an affordable NMEA 0183 in hull transducer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrivingZiggy View Post
    Since that appears to be a transom mount transducer that you mounted as an in hull transducer, I'm very interested in hearing how it works! If they work through the hull, it may open up opportunities for me since I'm finding it very hard to find an affordable NMEA 0183 in hull transducer.
    Yes. That is the transom mount transducer that comes with the unit. I called and spoke to the tech dept at Lowrance and the guy confirmed that the transom mount transducer will work just fine if mounted in the hull. They do make other transducers that are designed to mount to a flat surface in the hull, but the technology in them are the same.

    The tech did tell me that if you wanted to run DSI, you will need to mount the transducer outside the hull.

    My unit works fine like it is.

    Ryan

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    What is DSI?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrivingZiggy View Post
    What is DSI?
    Down Scan Imaging.

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    Okay, so that's the fish finder/terrain looking stuff? I can only do depth with my current setup.

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    How well did that 3M stuff work. They usually say to use a slow cure epoxy for the best results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pwgsx View Post
    How well did that 3M stuff work. They usually say to use a slow cure epoxy for the best results.
    It is a marine grade material. Designed for wet environments. I would consider it a slow cure, approximately 24 hours. I bet the stuff in the middle of the blob is still soft!

    Lowrance does recommend epoxy. But I figured silicone would be better if I had to remove the transducer for any reason.

    Ryan

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    Sorry to bump a older thread, but I was looking to purchase the Lowrance Elite 7 HDI. How is the DSI since you mounted your transducer in the hull? Thanks

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