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Depth finder

PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:47 pm
by Portside
Looking at a Hawkeye glue-down mounted transducer depth finder D10D. Anyone have one of these installed? Mfg says works on solid fiberglass or aluminum. Work on a wood hull?

Re: Depth finder

PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:26 am
by Phill Blank

I do not think it will work on a wood hull because of the porosity of the wood. Fiberglass and aluminum are solid without any voids.
I installed one of these on a fiberglass sailboat I owned. The instructions advised that if you had a hull with a balsa wood core you needed to cut thru the inner layer of fiberglass and cut out the balsa wood core then sand and glue the transducer housing to the inside of the outer hull.

Good Luck,


Re: Depth finder

PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:47 am
by Portside
Thanks Phill-
The manufacturer says it will not work thru wood. Just wondered if anyone had tried to skirt the material issue with an ingenious solution. I am not real interested in cutting a 2"hole in the bottom for a transducer.

Re: Depth finder

PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:33 am
by W Guy
Why not hang it off the back of the transom? My father did it on his fiberglass boat and it worked fine.

Verne :)

Re: Depth finder

PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:36 pm
by Bill Dunn
My sons bought me one of the less expensive fish finders at Gander Mtn a few years ago. The transducer hangs on the transom and it works great as a depth finder.