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    Mounting HB side imaging transducer on a Bass Tracker

    I've got a 2006 Bass Tracker PT 175, and i'm getting ready to install a side imaging transducer on the transom for a 998. I've searched the web, and there doesn't seem to be a concensus on where to mount a side imaging transducer on a Bass Tracker for the best readings. Seems like most people suggest either beside the drain plug on the step, or just to the right of the motor on the actual transom.

    I was hoping some of the experts on here might provide some suggestions. I don't care about high speed readings, i'm only concerned with clear slow speed imaging. Also, the current transducer on the right side can be removed if needed. I've attached some pics of the back of my boat. Thanks for any suggestions.
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    Post this question on Tin Boats in the boat section. You will get some good info there. Good luck.

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    First of all the transducer position you have has been a screw up ever since Tracker changed the transom to a stepped type. It is at the juction of the step and outer part of the hull where it gets aerated water across it. That is one of the places to NOT install a transducer for on-plane depth readings.
    That was finally corrected with the 2012 model year and put on the part of the stepped transom to the left of the livewell fitting. with the bottom of the transducer positioned below the hull bottom level.

    With the Side Imaging technology you have to take into account that the SI pulses cover from the water's surface to past vertical under the transducer on both sides. Any vertical structure within that coverage will reflect the sonar pulse and the unit will record the echo.
    What you want is the transducer close to the center line of the hull and low enough so it can "see" past the motor/mount.
    For idle speed scanning, the safest place is under the right side on the motor mount with the bottom of the mount at the bottom of the transom and the transducer hanging down behind the step. That will have it close enough to the motor but not so close that the motor will contact it when trimmed all the way down. Basically directly left of where the Lowrance skimmer is. That will give you good SI images up to maybe 3.5 mph.

    If you want to scan faster, you have to have the transducer a little lower and attached near the livewell fitting. The air space created by the stepped transom as you move is what aerates the water that passes over the transducer so the lower it is the less air is mixed with the water.
    The HDSI transducer costs a lot more than a 2D transducer so most don't take the change of getting impact damage with it below the hull bottom where it could give you on-plane depth readings.

    basstrackeroptimax has a good set up but his is attached to a jackplate that you don't have.

    This is where the newest models have the factory transducer mounted:



    I would suggest you keep what you have, relocate the transducer to the proper location for high speed use and install the HDSI transducer as described above. Turn the Lowrance off when using the Humminbird--they will cross-talk on the 200 kHz frequency.

    There are other options if you want to spend the money for them.
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    Championbass1, thanks for the suggestion. And thanks for the awesome and detailed summary Wayne, now i've just gotta wait for the unit to come in.

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    Wayne is the man when it comes to this stuff and his idea is gonna be your best bet. Im going to be getting a y cable and put my transom mount 2D skimmer under the step like the 2012 model so i can have on plane readings as well. My mounting location on the jack plate gives perfect images in the 3 mph range like wayne said. So you should have roughly the same performance mounted right on the transom. Good luck

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    Wayne P.,
    I too have a Tracker PT 175 TXW and have been reading for days trying to find the best place to mount a SI transducer. I want to have one GPS/Plotter/Fish Finder Unit. I realize that I cannot side scan above 10 MPH and that's OK, but I want use DI on plane (35-38 MPH) and keep it protected somewhat. I always end up in shallow water. Will I be able to use other features of the 598si on plane if I mount the transducer on the transom below the right motor mount? Maybe I should mount it in the same location as the original Lowrance to the left under the step? Just curious what others have done. I have no intention of buying a jack plate. Salesman was a good one, I am thinking I should have skipped side imaging. Any thougts or opionions welcome.

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    Read the message I sent you.
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    MY 2012 tracker had the Lowrence mounted were Wayne has his when I installed my 797 I just used the same location and when I replaced the 797 with the 998c I again used the same location.

    Unless your taking your boat off road into stump fields I don't see it being a issue.

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    [QUOTE=basstrackeroptimax;3072136]Wayne is the man when it comes to this stuff and his idea is gonna be your best bet. Im going to be getting a y cable and put my transom mount 2D skimmer under the step like the 2012 model so i can have on plane readings as well. My mounting location on the jack plate gives perfect images in the 3 mph range like wayne said. So you should have roughly the same performance mounted right on the transom. Good luck[/QUOTE

    Here are some pics from my 190 TX with the 2D transducer mounted on the left side of the motor with the Y Cable and the SI/DI transducer mounted on the right side attached to the jack plate using the Trandsucer Shield and saver mounting bracket. Hope this helps.
    Last edited by RuffWood; 07-07-2013 at 01:55 PM.

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    Hey guys, I just recently got the 998hdsi unit and I'm mounting it on a 06 pro team 190 tx. Just need clarification on the ducer mount. Is it to go on the step down hull or on the transom? Don't need more holes than I can use. New to the forum. Thanks for letting me chime in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Slabber View Post
    Hey guys, I just recently got the 998hdsi unit and I'm mounting it on a 06 pro team 190 tx. Just need clarification on the ducer mount. Is it to go on the step down hull or on the transom? Don't need more holes than I can use. New to the forum. Thanks for letting me chime in.
    If you want to just use the HDSI transducer for on-plane depth, you have to position it at the bottom of the hull and not at the bottom of the transom.
    RuffWood's installation is the best setup.
    The only thing better is using a shoot-thru 2D transducer and the HDSI transducer on the transom or jackplate. The only shoot-thru that will work is the Alumaducer.

    An alternative is to keep whatever unit you have now for high speed reading (it that works OK) and do the same as above with the HDSI transducer for idle speed scanning.
    It is difficult to get high speed performance with that large transducer.
    Wayne Purdum
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    798ci SI, 1198c SI, 1198cSI, bow 360
    6.300, 6.490, 7.090---------2.030