How do I choose the right transducer?
There are three ways to mount a transducer in your boat, and the one you choose depends most on the your hull. The most complicated is through-hull mounting, where a hole is cut in the bottom of the boat and the transducer is mounted flush with the bottom, so the transducer face is in direct contact with the water.
Is Garmin or Lowrance better?
As you can see both brands are highly competitive. If price is an issue and/or you just want one for personal use, Lowrance is a great option. But if you’ve got more cash and you’re looking for a powerful GPS in your finder, then Garmin is also worth a look. Here’s to a great time out on the water!
How far should a transducer be in the water?
The transducer should be even with the bottom of the boat or slightly below the bottom. Leading edge (the edge closest to the transom of the boat). One click too high: the transducer is tilted out of the water and cannot maintain a sonar signal.
How do I know if my transducer is bad?
First of all, check the transducer for damage or dirt on its surface. If you find dirt or barnacles, clean it gently. Next, check that it is positioned correctly, with the right orientation towards the bottom. Also check that the connection to the main unit is undamaged.
Will 2 transducers interfere with each other?
It is not recommended that more than one transducer be run at the same time. For best results, two transducers need to have at least a 50 KHz difference in their frequencies so there will not be interference.
Can you put 2 transducers next to each other?
The interference is typically manageable when the two ‘ducers are separated by a boat length (one at the bow and one on the transom), but two transducers within a couple of feet of each other on the transom will make for some considerable interference when both are operating.
Where should I mount my transducer?
The location should be as close to the center of the boat as possible, but on the side of the downward swing the propeller. On the majority of boats, this will be on the starboard (right) side.