In dash depth sounder?

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by Drumbum77, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. Drumbum77

    Drumbum77 New Member

    15
    Jan 20, 2018
    2007 Sea Ray 185 Sport 4.3TKS 190HP
    4.3L Mercruiser Alpha One 190HP
    Hi folks,

    I was wondering if someone could recommend a decent in dash depth sounder. I have a 2007 185 Sport that has a spot already drilled out for one, but it didn't have one installed when I purchased it. I've been shopping around on Amazon and was looking at the Faria Chesapeake stainless steal depth sounder with a in hull transducer. https://www.amazon.com/Faria-hull-Depth-Sounder-Transducer/dp/B001EYFN2Q

    I really don't want to drill any holes in my hull or in the transom. Does anyone have any experience with in hull transducers? All I'm looking for is just something to monitor depth readings at low and high speeds. I want to try to keep it under $500 bucks. Sorry if I'm beating a dead horse, but I couldn't find any posts on this topic in the search section.

    Thanks
    Matt
     
  2. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    502
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    I had a little round Lowrance installed on my 180 BR and it worked great.

    I had the little pod that was installed on the transom and had no problems except if I ran over something and it would flip it up and stop reading. If you are doing the install just make sure to place it in a location where the trailer won't catch it..... or if you're in a marina dry storage, it has to be out of the way of the fork lift location.

    The hole they made for the wire was above the water line a few inches with a little waterproof grommet and some sealant and never gave me any problems.

    My current 290 DA has a little round Lorwance with a thru hull and it works great for being 20 years old. It just looks like the mount is glued in place in my bilge area and the transducer is fitted within. Also looks like an easy install.

    Installing one on your 185 should be simple a weekend project.
     
  3. Drumbum77

    Drumbum77 New Member

    15
    Jan 20, 2018
    2007 Sea Ray 185 Sport 4.3TKS 190HP
    4.3L Mercruiser Alpha One 190HP
    Thanks little duck! I think I'm gonna go with the Lowrance LST-3800.
     
  4. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    502
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Do you have a blank in your switch panel to add an on/off switch?
     
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  5. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Drumbum....I have a brand new Hawkeye depth finder that will do what you are looking for. It does have a transom mount transducer but as you can see in the pics below it is really small and mounted on your transom will cause no problems for you. I'll have to look at the installation info but I think it can be mounted as a through-hull as well.

    I'll sell it for $50.00 including shipping in the US. I bought it to go into a boat I'm restoring and then I bought a full gauge set that included a depth gauge so I don't need this one.

    Let me know....
    Shawn
    Depth Finder 1.JPG

    Depth Finder 2.JPG
     
  6. Drumbum77

    Drumbum77 New Member

    15
    Jan 20, 2018
    2007 Sea Ray 185 Sport 4.3TKS 190HP
    4.3L Mercruiser Alpha One 190HP
    Thanks for the offer Shawn, but I went with a Lowrance unit.
     
  7. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    No prob....
     
  8. CNYBoater

    CNYBoater New Member

    27
    Aug 14, 2017
    1994 200 Overnighter, Single Axle Easy Load'r Galvanized Trailer, 2009 Chevy Trailblazer
    Single 1994 Mercury Black Max V135 O/B
    Shawn,

    I’d be interested in the in dash unit if the cable is long enough for my 200OVOB. Was going to go with a chart plotter but the admiral shut that down.

    John
     
  9. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    That's a good deal. I have a similar Humminbird with transom mounted transducer. It was worked great for close to 10yrs now. About a year ago the transducer started oozing this black goo, especially when it is hot outside, but it still works. If your 185 is like mine, it has a liner, so a through hull transducer probably won't work.
     
  10. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    I'll measure it and get back to you in a bit.
     
  11. techmitch

    techmitch Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    If it's a D10D
    http://www.hawkeyeelectronics.com/depth-finder/
    • Dimensions 2" Diameter, 1.75" Depth
    • Display Window Size 1.65" W x .87" H
    • Display Type Polarized Liquid Crystal Icon
    • Backlighting Green LED SoftGlow™
    • Power Requirement 11-14 VDC, 200mA Max
    • Current Drain 40mA, Nominal
    • Units of Measure Feet (ft) or Meters (m)
    • Depth Range - Max 200 ft (60 m)
    • Depth Range - Min 2.5 ft (.7 m)
    • Depth Readout Increments .1 ft/m
    • Transducer Type Transom/Glue-In or Thru-Hull (*)
    • Transducer Cable Length 30 ft (9 m)
    • Transducer Frequency 200 kHz
    • Transducer Beam Angle 14 Degrees
    • Depth Alarms Lower (shallow), and Upper (deep)
    • Depth Alarm Range 2.5 ft to 200 ft (Full Range)
    • Alarm Signaling Audible "Beep", Flashing RED LED, Blinking LCD Icons
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2018
  12. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    The Model# is actually DT1B but the specs are the same as above. http://www.hawkeyeelectronics.com/depthtrax/
    I didn't untie the cable bundle to measure but it is easily 30' or longer. As I said, I bought this for my 1985 23' Cobalt project boat. I had every intention of using it but then found a deal on a full set of newer Faria gauges that I liked that included the matching depth gauge. All I had to do was buy the transducer.

    I think I paid $90 for this Hawkeye unit but I'm trying to clean out some of the parts I don't need. And truthfully, I got such a smokin' deal on the new gauge set I can afford to pass a deal on to someone else. If someone wants it they can PM me with their details. Prefer payment through PayPal.

    Thank
    Shawn
     

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