Replacement transducer for vesselview

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by desperado, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. desperado

    desperado Member

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    Mar 4, 2008
    Kennesaw, GA
    2011 Sundancer 350, raymarine a98 chart plotter, radar, autopilot, bow thruster
    T 8.2 Mercruiser V-drives
    B3AFBE0D-4F3D-4F80-A111-D783ADBD902B.jpeg I have to replace my depth/temp transducer for my vesselview. My lake marina said they prefer to pull boat to replace. However I have the dummy plug but maybe they just don’t want to take risk of something going wrong when they pull transducer. Idk.

    Nothing wrong with trying to save $375 on a boat pull if it isn’t necessary

    Any thoughts ?

    Also does anyone know which transducer would work with my vesselview? Here is the pic of the unit I have. They are made by Airmar?

    Thanks!
     
  2. ttmott

    ttmott Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    On the existing one there should be a tag on the wire near the transducer which has the P/N of the instrument.
    It probably has a Smartcraft data output but the through hull housing can be of several designs.
     
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  3. alnav

    alnav Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Sep 16, 2009
    West River, MD
    40 MY
    QSB 425
    Are you sure the transducer is wired directly to Smartcraft? While that's possible, it means depth can only be read from Smartcraft. I learned that, at least in 2008, Sea Ray's standard install was to wire the transducer into the MFD via NMEA, then send depth along with the other NMEA data it can use (SOG, COG, waypoint, etc.) to Smartcraft. That way all displays can use the data. If you could see depth on your MFD before the failure then it's probably how yours is wired unless there is a separate ducer for the MFD.
    When I had a paddle wheel speed speed transducer I used to have to pull it almost every week to clean it and got used to creating a geyser in the bilge; takes some getting used to. But, I can understand the reluctance to do the change out in the water. I would be most worried about seating the new transducer in the old mount. If that were to be problematic somehow and the new one were to get stuck part-way in, I could see you having to haul out anyway and incurring more labor cost.
     

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