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January 05, 2007

Airmar Deep-V Transducer

The designs and performance abilities of the increasingly popular deep-V offshore center consoles present some significant transducer-mounting problems. Airmar's latest 1 kW transducer addresses these...

The designs and performance abilities of the increasingly popular deep-V offshore center consoles present some significant transducer-mounting problems. Airmar's latest 1 kW transducer addresses the vertical- orientation problems of the deep-V hull, as well as mounting problems for trailer boaters. The SS 164 transducer features three elements mounted in two different tilted formats (called Tilted Element by Airmar): A 12-degree version works in hulls with between 8- to 15-degree deadrises, while the 20-degree-tilt version fits the deep-Vs with 16- to 24-degree hulls. The SS 164 - with its stainless-steel housing - performs with any 600-watt or 1 kW sounder. It offers a depth range between 800 to 1,200 feet at 50 kHz, and 400 to 700 feet with 200 kHz, and can be rigged as a wide beam set up with both the 50 and 200 networked to the sounder. Expect a ballpark price around $700. Airmar, 603-673-9570, www.airmar.com.