By Ben Ellison
Behind the Screens
Are in-hull transducers
always less powerful than their through-hull equivalents? A. G. via e-mail
But there are caveats. In-hulls will not work in wood, steel, aluminum, or cored hulls. They can only shoot through solid fiberglass, and there’s a limit to that. The big R199, for instance, is rated to handle up to one inch of glass. In other words, an in-hull’s performance is affected by the hull, which is why you may have heard tales of reduced range when a conventional transducer is mounted inside. Airmar’s claims are based on the fact that its purpose-built in-hulls are engineered to offset the signal loss.
Whatever style of transducer you use, installing it right, and in the right place, is critical. Airmar is working with production boatbuilders to design transducer pockets right into their hull molds—a brilliant concept that includes adapter plugs such that most any through-hull transducer easily mounts flush—but, in the meantime, take care. That’s another good reason to know who Airmar is. Its Web site, www.airmar.com, and technical support personnel are standing by, ready to help.
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This article originally appeared in the November 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.