Author Topic: Fishfinder/Depth Sounder  (Read 209 times)

Offline SISU

  • Swabbie
  • *
  • Posts: 1
  • Karma: 0
Fishfinder/Depth Sounder
« on: March 14, 2017, 11:45:11 AM »
Looking for feedback recommendation(s) on brand and model of fishfinder/depth sounder for a Com-Pac 23.  Prefer fishfinder (vs depth sounder) as the grandkids get a kick watching the fish icons on the screen.  Also, prefer in-hull (vs thru hull) transducer mount: transducer in a section of PVC pipe affixed to the inside of the hull. Not a fan of drilling holes through the hull.  Transom mount transducer not recommended on sailboats but then, you already knew that.

Thoughts and recommendations for a fishfinder brand and model?


Offline jdklaser

  • Rigger
  • ****
  • Posts: 47
  • Karma: 0
Re: Fishfinder/Depth Sounder
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 02:47:39 PM »
Garmin 44S.  Small, chirp technology and has gps maps preloaded. 

Offline HeaveToo

  • Commodore
  • ******
  • Posts: 1047
  • Karma: 22
Re: Fishfinder/Depth Sounder
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 03:17:36 PM »
Not sure where you are sailing, but having AIS is a lot of fun.  I run AIS receive out of my VHF to my GPS Chart Plotter.  The end result is that I see every ship that goes by that is commercial or AIS send/receive.  It gives you the ship heading, speed, name, and port of call among other things.  My GPS also has a fishfinder ability, which I haven't bothered to hook up yet.  Eventually I may do a thru hull transducer so I also get Temp readings.

My GPS is a Garmin 441s.  It is an older model and you can probably find it used or cheap.
My VHF is a Standard Horizon 2150.

It may be worth a look as that is a pretty cool instrument set-up.
Døyr fe, døyr frender
Døyr sjølv det sama
men ordet om deg aldreg døyr
vinn du et gjetord gjevt

Offline Vipersdad

  • Captain
  • *****
  • Posts: 205
  • Karma: 13
Re: Fishfinder/Depth Sounder
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 06:55:30 PM »
SISU:  Check your PM's.

Here are instructions for the in-hull transducer I used on my boat.

« Last Edit: March 14, 2017, 07:14:14 PM by Vipersdad »
s/v  "MaryElla"   Com-Pac 19 / II  #436
Lake Winnebago, Lake Mendota, Lake Namakagon, Lake Superior.

"To Hutch, Gerry, Buck, and Clarkie--Who made it so much fun.".....Robert F. Burgess, Author-Handbook of Trailer Sailing 1984