Hi All, I recieved a boat warming gift that I am quite excited about. I got
a Garmin fish finder - the Parania 5. It has a stearn mounted transducer.
I have never seen a fish finder on a sailboat-it certinely presents unique
challanges. The mounting instructions never said anything about effect of
heeling on display. I also have an adversion to drilling holes below the
water line. The instructions say that the transducer will work thru some
types of hull. I will be doing most of my fishing while on anchor but would
like to have a good enough picture of the bottom to know where to anchor for
best fishing. Does anyone have any experience w/ Fish finders on a
23 May 2002
I just installed a Garmin 260, epoxied the transom mount transducer
in the lazarette, about 6'' from the cockpit drain. You should use slow
set epoxy. It seems to work just fine. Humminbird has a tech article on
Try this link:
23 May 2003
We have a GPS Fishfinder combo unit. The transducer is mounted aft between
the swim ladder and rudder...a good distance from interference with the
motor. The screws are water proofed and the wire itself enters the boat
through the lazerette well above water line.
23 May 2002
Yes, I installed one myself. I found it easier to install and superior to the
regular digital depth sounders. It gives a depth reading as well as a graphic
contour of the bottom and if you turn on the fish ID function you get to see
how many fish and what size they are.
For installation make yourself a dam by securing a cut out rim from a large
plastic cup to the spot where you want to put the transducer. Us a slow curing
epoxy and mix it carefully, avoiding making bubbles. Pour it into the dam and
gently rock your transducer into position. Done. Wait overnight and use.
"Rook-Keen" O'day Tempest 23 (Rhodes design)
24 May 2002