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96 Stratos Transom mount using suction cups >>No holes
« on: July 02, 2012, 03:01:18 PM »
1996 Stratos 268 115hp Evinrude Bass Boat
Not wanting to drill any holes in my transom, I used a suction
device(Cost $18+$10 Shipping=$28) purchased from Vexilar.com.  To test it, I mounted the xducer to the plate that
comes with the 2 cups, stuck it to my transom, and tied a gallon bucket of water to it for weight.  I let this stay for a week without it falling off.  Next to test on the water, I tied a safety rope to it so that if it fell off, the prop wouldn't chew it up!  Lastly..tested on the water for 4 hours.  I hit speeds up
to 52mph twice without the suction cups coming loose.  I spent the rest of the time to determine if the placement of the
transducer was going to be good for side imaging.  As seen in the photos, I placed it dead center on the transom and had no
problems except I made sure not to trim all the way down.
Hope someone else can use this info to determine their location for their transducer without drilling holes everywhere!




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Re: 96 Stratos Transom mount using suction cups >>No holes
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2012, 03:52:36 PM »
First time I have seen that......let us know how it works out over the long run.
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Re: 96 Stratos Transom mount using suction cups >>No holes
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2012, 04:17:37 PM »
Bob, I don't plan on using the cups permanently.  I'm using
them to check different places on the transom and testing
the results I get while viewing side imaging to find the best
place without drilling holes.  I have a 'SternSaver' on order which means that I will be gluing their plate to my transom and mounting the transducer to that plate.  This method should allow for anyone to test their transducer position and location before attaching to the transom as long as they have enough room to attach the suction cups.
The plate is 4.5in X 7in X 3/4in and the cups are 4 inch diameter.  And, I am not associated with Vexilar or Stern Saver...just thought others might have an interest in this method...and helping as I have been helped by others.

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Re: 96 Stratos Transom mount using suction cups >>No holes
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2012, 05:04:06 PM »
Suction cups have a good holding strength so great idea for finding the sweet spot.
Thanks for sharing this tip..

Chuck.

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Re: 96 Stratos Transom mount using suction cups >>No holes
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2012, 05:14:57 PM »
Sounds like a great strategy.
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Re: 96 Stratos Transom mount using suction cups >>No holes
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012, 09:33:02 AM »
We had a Canadian Retailer in here once for training and one of their guys said that is all he uses, though the one he had a picture of used four suction cups.

The only thing about using these to find the sweet spot is that the suction cup rig holds the transducer farther away from the transom than the normal mount or the SternSaver mount does (not sure how far the SternSaver holds the transducer but I doubt it is as far as the suction cups).  This could affect the Si and 2D sonar readings.

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Re: 96 Stratos Transom mount using suction cups >>No holes
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2012, 01:57:17 PM »
The cups are better than drilling holes and will get you closes enough.

chuck


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