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#1 jackg

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 10:15 AM

does anyone have a sidescan (lowrance or hummingbird) mounted on a tracker bass boat? I am wanting to buy but unsure if the tranducer will work on my boat

#2 Jig Man

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 11:51 AM

You have to be sure that it has an unrestricted (view) not being blocked by the motor or anything else. It can be mounted well above the bottom of the boat so it will be fairly protected.

I'd be willing to bet that if you go to www.bassboatcentral.com and look through the stickies in the Lowrance and or Humminbird forums you will read about someone who has one mounted. If you get real lucky there may even be some good installation pics.

Good luck. I hope you find what you are looking for.

#3 mark poulson

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 08:05 PM

I had one, a Humminbird 997, on my Tracker 175, and it worked great.
The transom mount was done by the same people I bought the boat from.
The transducer shoots a narrow beam out both sides and the bottom, so make sure it has an unobstructed view to both sides, and down.
It won't work on plane. For that you'll need a 2D tranducer, and a Y cable from Humminbird.

#4 FuzzyGrub

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 03:16 PM

I have run HB SI, both compact SI and HDSI transducers on a few different boats. These have been generally smallish alum boats with no set-back of the engine. Having the motor trimmed full out while doing SI improves the "far" view.

#5 BobP

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 09:02 PM

The H'bird SI xducer does sidescan and/or downscan. The sidescan only works at slow speeds, up to around 6-8 mph. To clarify, you can use the single large SI transducer by itself and it will work at speed just like a "regular" down-looking xducer - but you will also have to mount it in a low position on the transom just as you would a regular transducer. If you fish gnarly cover, that big $200 xducer can be subject to damage so the ideal setup is to mount it in a protected position higher on the transom and install a regular Hbird downlooking xducer in the "normal" place for running at speed (either linside the bilge or at the bottom edge of the transom), connecting them both to the head unit via a Hbird switch. Had I to do over again, that's what I'd do to my 987 SI unit. But I mounted mine right down on my bass boat's transom, right above the boat's pad. I've run mine for 5+ years with no problems, no damage, never has been tripped up in its mount by a 'strike'. But I don't often fish gnarly water.