Wireless sounder

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Wireless sounder

Postby byrdsworth » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:01 pm

Hi all

Just installed this depth sounder ... http:/i//www.sonarphone.mob

you mount the transducer either on the transom or shoot through the hull
then attach the control box where ever suits ...

it sets up a wireless network on your boat so you can read the depth via a smart phone or tablet ipad etc

you can use the included free app .. or you can have it asa split screen on navionics.

you could even have it on multiple devices if your crew has the app too

I'm yet to try it on the water ... I will report back when I do

install was fairly easy .... hardest part was cutting through the false floor to get to the actual hull
even that wasn't so bad

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Re: Wireless sounder

Postby jeremy » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:33 pm

Hi there,
I am very interested to see how it all goes for you. I've been looking at getting one of those or the Raymarine version, WiFish. I like the WiFish as it has CHIRP down vision sonar (which basically means the images are very good quality) however it only comes with a transom mount transducer. I am not keen to mount the transducer on the transom and am aware you can silicone or epoxy the stern mount transducers to the inside of the hull however, the quality of image is somewhat diminished.
Still keen to hear how the T-box goes and what sort of image you get. Also, how well the chart plotter app functions.

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Re: Wireless sounder

Postby byrdsworth » Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:02 am

I will be testing it this weekend

stay tuned

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Re: Wireless sounder

Postby byrdsworth » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:37 pm

So ... tried the system out

did a 2 day trip from Southport to Shorncliff
through the gold coast broad water and moreton bay

it was rock solid all weekend ... can't fault it really

photo showing the depth just under the speed in the navionics app

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a few screen shots

The vexilar free app

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split screen view in navionics

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a couple of others

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Re: Wireless sounder

Postby jeremy » Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:57 pm

Hi there,
just bought the sonar t-box 200 too,
i'm curious as to where you've mounted yours and whether you used epoxy or silicone
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Re: Wireless sounder

Postby jeremy » Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:58 pm

...where you've mounted the transducer to be more precise... :D
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Re: Wireless sounder

Postby byrdsworth » Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:31 am

Hi Jeremy

I used clear silicone ... a fairly large blob and pushed the transducer into it slowly

Position .... I guess what ever works for you ...
It needs to be in contact with the actual hull not a false floor or lining

I put mine aft of the keel case and offset to starboard ... the hull is fairly flat in that position
you can level it up a bit in the silicone

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Re: Wireless sounder

Postby jeremy » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:00 pm

Thanks Byrds,
glad you mentioned the positioning. For some reason I interpreted your photo as you having fitted it in the front of the boat where the toilet normally goes. Now that i think of it, that would never work.
I didn't know there was a false floor in the aft so i'm glad you brought that to my attention otherwise, i would have fixed it on top rather than on the true hull. I don't know how one finds out about such things as the construction of the boat (i.e. where false floors are, ribs, plywood strengthening etc) Are there any detailed working drawings of the C18 available anywhere? Also, the picture of your floor looks a bit different to mine in the same position. I have a stiffening rib about 300mm aft of the keel casing and there is no inspection port. Is this because you have a Mk3?
I'm quite nervous about cutting through the false floor in case i hit something i shouldn't. I was thinking of using a 4" angle grinder or maybe even a Dremmel to cut the hole. Any suggestions?
Is there any reason you chose to mount inside the hull rather than on the transom?
sorry for the twenty questions but i've got a lot to learn
Much appreciation
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Re: Wireless sounder

Postby byrdsworth » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:18 pm

Hi Jeremy

there is a pretty good chance that your boat doesn't half a false floor aft of the keel case ... i'd say it probably doesn't

it would suck to cut through the actual hull .... can you take a photo ?

My boat is a mk 111 ... and seems to have an inner liner everywhere

so in that case you should be able to stick it directly to the floor /hull

I just thought it easier to shoot through the hull ... saves drilling holes in the transome

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Re: Wireless sounder

Postby maxm » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:27 am

Jeremy,

On a Mk I or Mk II the "false floor" (cabin sole) runs from the locker where the toilet is to directly beneath the companionway and between the lockers. Everywhere else you're looking at the inside of the fibreglass and it is solid fibreglass (no foam). Here's a topic which has a diagram that helps explain it - viewtopic.php?p=8909#p8909 From experience I can tell you that just forward of the companionway there's probably only a centimetre or so of between the hull and the sole. The Mk III is different with an inner and outer hull and flotation in between.

So if you want to mount the sounder aft of the keel then you're best to stick it directly to the hull somewhere under the cockpit area, either side of the skeg that runs down the middle. Don't cut. The problem with mounting it on the transom is that inevitably it will get damaged by someone kicking it getting in/out of the boat or else it will hit sand and rocks when you're anchored stern to the beach or some such.
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Re: Wireless sounder

Postby jeremy » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:12 pm

Thanks, Max and Byrds,
just as well i didn't go and cut a hole without asking a few questions first!!!
I'd attach a photo if i could but doesn't seem to work at the moment???
Cheers
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PS Max, I'm wondering if you've fixed that keel of yours?
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Re: Wireless sounder

Postby byrdsworth » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:13 am

Jeremy

the best way to add a photo to your post is using a photo sharing site like photobucket

you upload your photos to your account ... then copy the img link and paste it into your post.

The careel forum has limited storage ... for attachments

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