Without a doubt (Which transducer?) would be a question i get asked at least a dozen times a week.
what depth do you fish?
what is your target species?
where do you see your electronics package down the track?
I work on the 75% rule, if you fish 3/4 of your trips under 80m why spend $2k on a 2kw transducer when a $400 600w will do it with ease.
Another common misconseption is a 1kw transducer will read better at speed than a 600w, gaps in the bottom layer of picture is air, clutter on screen is noise either introduced by electrical or mechanical interference.
Where to mount it for best reading? Unfortunately what works on one boat may not work on the next. I recently was involved in a fitup to a brand new hull that had seen the transom mount transducer screwed on 4 diffrent positions by the dealer, all positions worked on same hull in different length variations.
Working with our local boat building industry and many passionate boat owners i get to see more working setups than ones that don't, the ones that don't is where QME leads the way in custom inhull and transom mount transducer fairings.
If you chasing advice on getting performance at speed drop us a line or give us a call about visiting our showroom and Marine Electronics Installation centre at Brendale.
Furuno Australia gave me the opportunity to become a Certified dealer in late 2015 after i presented them with a business plan modeled on taking service to the customer rather than expecting them to drag their boat across town. I returned the opportunity given, receiving the Furuno Australia 2016 Installer Dealer of the year award. Backing up again in 2017 as Install Dealer of the year & finishing a respectable 3rd in QLD for outright dealer sales, the figures have shown me that providing old school customer service will always win over selling a box at cost price. Being trades qualified in low voltage electrical both Automotive & Marine it was a natural progression into the industry. Recently returning from USA for a solid week of training with the leaders in Marine Electronics Globally, i returned with training from NMEA, Actisense, Maretron & the certification of Queensland's only ACI Airmar Accredited Installer QME can now offer a full Airmar factory backed 3 year warranty from date of Installation. Our natural expansion has seen the business grow to the point of needing commercial premises, these are located in Brendale on Brisbane's north-side. We will still offer the same level of onsite service that our customers have enjoyed over the past years with now having a home base for larger Fit-outs and our Furuno show room that we are excitably planning for our grand opening night.
Thank you to all our customer base for your support.
Could you imagine the rigging bay at the local boat ramp on a Sunday morning, pulling the sextants out of the padded felt lined cases, spit cleaning the compass glass. Then off you go making sure you have land in sight the whole way as well as looking out the front of boat for sand bars “Imagine having to pay attention”
Maybe I’m showing my age here, but our old man had a 21” Dehavlen with twin 45 Volvo Pentas, we would line up the Bald Hills radio tower and the sand hill at Tangas until his left nut got itchy then we would turn 30deg to port, only then would he waste paper & turn the State of the Art Furuno fish finder on. As kids this was white man magic & the old man used to string us along with all sorts of bullshit stories about how it worked.
Fast forward 40 years Marine Electronics can tell you which side of the boat the fish are hiding, what type of bird just flew past the radar, how bad the current is running & how many days the beer will stay cold for if we stay stuck on the sand bar!
Has our new technology made us complacent to the dangers of the sea? How many skippers could honestly say they could navigate home in the dark with no electronics? I can tell you the bearing of 210-deg “taking into account for wind & Tide” would steer me from Bulwer Point to the boat ramp until I could see the lights where I launched from because my old HDS gen #1 would switch off when it felt like it, normally leaving me running home on the Navionics app & good luck.
I personally look at my safety & that of my crew as my responsibility, I log on with VMR or coast guard, I text at least one mate just to piss him off because he is working, then send brag pics back at ramp.
As far as safety goes the current platform of Marine Safety has lifted the chances of surviving a Marine Incident 10-fold, Epirbs, Satellite phone’s, VHF DSC not forgetting products like life cell, flares ETC.
Please don’t get me wrong I’m not shit canning Marine Electronics “I sell them for a Living” but it concerns me how essential skills are removed from society with technology, imagine not having speell chacka on your computa!
If your keen on following our blogs as we go leave a comment & let me know, I will try to answer what I can as we go If I don’t have the answer I’m sure I can find somebody that does.
I will try to cover Marine Electronics set ups, Transducer Installation & keep you all up to date with the latest Industry news.
QME is now a proud distributor of MarkFish!