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Jeff d
03-22-2012, 09:11 PM
I've asked a couple of depth finder/transponder related questions in other threads over the past year or so but haven't quite gotten enough detail to make a decision.

This is to replace the intermittently functional Lowrance factory depth finder in an '00 MariStar 230 VRS.

I think I've settled on one of two options:
1) Faria 13852 with air and water temp. Only option for the transducer seems the transom mount unless I wanted to spend a bunch of additional money on another transducer.
http://www.blackbearsportinggoods.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ELLFARI13852&click=12

Old posts seem to indicate that this was previously available as a "kit" with an in hull transducer. Everything I can find suggests that this is no longer the case but I haven't found anything explicitly stating this.

Pros- Air and water temp. I'm no longer using my speedo pitot since I went to PP Stargazer so mounting provisions are pretty much already there for the transducer.
Cons- Some people seem frustrated with transom mount transducers.

2) Faria 13851 with in hull transducer.
http://www.blackbearsportinggoods.com/Ches_Ss_Wht_S_In_Hull_Tran_p/ellfari13851.htm

Pros- Just glue down the in hull transducer in place of the factory Lowrance one. Little bit cheaper.
Cons- No temps. I don't absolutely need temps though. Just one of those nice to have features.

Any thoughts on these options or suggestions of others? If the transom mount performs ok I will probably just go with the 13851 and mount it in place of the pitot pickup.

LaRue
03-22-2012, 10:50 PM
since you asked...depth/temp option. i enjoy ours and knowing water temp is a nice feature although not necessary.

russlars
03-23-2012, 04:19 AM
I recently installed the Faria Depth finder with air and water temp. purchased from here: http://www.boatersland.com/far-13752.html
Due to the weather I haven't had a chance to fully test it out yet, but it has been recommended highly by others and the install was fairly straight forward. I ordered mine with the "in-hull" transducer so that it could be mounted in the bilge and I ran the water temperature sensor out the transom where one of my airguide speedo tubes was routed. I no longer needed this since I have perfect pass. I also had a blank location in my dash to mount the gauge. These 2 threads were helpful for me when deciding to do this project: http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=43142&highlight=Depth+Finder
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=44710&highlight=Depth+Finder
Good luck!

carlsonwa
03-23-2012, 09:56 AM
I went with the in hull Humminbird HDR 650. no water temp but works really nice.

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