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  1. Lucy, it was easier than I thought it would be on my 2009 196 SSI. See thread and install here: http://forum.chaparralboats.com/index.php?/topic/37818-transom-mount-transducer-in-ssi-or-h2o/&do=findComment&comment=414762
  2. You shouldn't have any issue towing the 196 SSI with the Escalade. The tow capacity of the Escalade is around 8300 lb and the boat with trailer will be under 5000 lb. My 2009 196 SSI with trailer is only 4300 lb. enjoy! Ron
  3. It may very well be that I can't hear it beyond 3000-3500 rpm. I think i will have to try to get in behind the engine and feel around for anything loose. Maybe an extendable mirror will help.
  4. Yes that is one of my suspicions right now. Of course it is tough to hear noise outside of the transom when running the boat in the water. So I plan to run the engine out of water later this week to see if the noise is audible from behind the boat. I really hope that is it but will need to look in behind to find it. This may take some work to find the source.
  5. Update with install pics: a minor adjustment down with the transducer and now I have depth at full speed in flat water. Very happy indeed.
  6. My Chap 196 SSi with Volvo Penta 4.3 GXi and SX-A just started to make a tinny rattling noise from behind the engine. The noise is not there when idling in neutral and seems to occur mainly when accelerating or driving in the 2000-3000 rpm range. Noise occurs when cruising straight and not necessarily when turning the steering wheel. To me, it sounds like a loose tin tag or metal bracket vibrating at certain rpm's. I even had my mechanic brother-in-law listen to the engine while running on the lake and he confirmed this is not a pulley, belt or obvious engine issue. Could this be a possib
  7. I thinking about heading down to Lake Koocanusa from Crowsnest Pass Alberta. Anyone here familiar with the public boat launches on the B.C. side of this Lake? I was thinking about trying the Yaqakxaqlamki Boat Launch located near the Kikomun Bridge. I would also like to know if this is a deep lake or if there are numerous shallow areas to be aware of?
  8. Have all of you western Canadian Chap owners survived the cold winter? During this past long winter I began to question the effectiveness of my boat engine winterizing skills. I'm happy to report the engine survived the lengthy cold spells and is running just fine.
  9. I would feel safer tubing or knee boarding behind the boat to try to view the rooster tail the transducer makes. At any rate, I was boating yesterday. I dropped the transducer down about a 1/4" and I was able to get depth readings to about 36 mph (GPS speed) in calm water only. Once there was some chop on the water (approximately 12" wave height) I was only able to keep depth readings at a speed of 26-29 mph (GPS). Do you think I should drop it more?
  10. Ya I was think of using a Go Pro on a boom stick to record the spray with the boat in motion. I may do that yet, but right now I will adjust down to see if I can get up to higher speed before I drop readings.
  11. Yes I was impressed with the ease of installation of SternMate but man does that epoxy stink!!! This makes good sense and I do have room to move the transducer laterally toward the center line if need be. I think I will just lower it first and try it out since I'm losing readings once the boat is up on step. When I installed, I went with minimal drop below the hull of the boat so I'm sure that is the problem.
  12. dsmacey - with the 196 ssi there was no room to drill straight up from the transducer as too many engine and steering components inside the compartment. I had to run up on the side wall of the outdrive cutout. It was rather easy to drill though as far up and plenty of room on the interior to run cabling through. And yes 5200 is a flipping mess to work with. Cyclops2 - ya I made sure I left a little slack to allow adjusting the transducer. I ran the boat today and everything works fine at slow speed but I lose the readings pretty quickly with speed so I need to adjust the transducer d
  13. Well I epoxied the SternMate on the transom today. Not overly difficult and I have to say the epoxy cleaned up very well with isopropyl alcohol as per instructions. I will add that the thixotropic epoxy supplied by SternMate is the most foul smelling substance I have ever experienced!! Now I just have to drill the hole through the transom for the wiring. Cyclops, I think the Garmin plug is about 5/8" for the downview/chirp transducer. I'm not familiar with the Plumbers test plug - just plumber's butt lol - however thanks for the tip. David, yes I recall that thread from a whil
  14. I am installing a transom mount transducer (Garmin Downview w/ Chirp) in my 2009 196ssi. Has anyone installed a transom mount transducer on '09-13 SSi or H2O boat in 18-21'? If so can you share a few pics of transducer mounting location and where you drilled through the transom for running the cable?
  15. 1naylor, this isn't all that complex. I did a similar install to my 2009 196 SSi a couple years ago. I used the automatic charging relay (SI-ACR #7610) from Blue Sea Systems swapped out the stock Blue Sea battery switch with their Dual Circuit Plus m-series switch #6011 (this was an exact replacement/switch so no modification was necessary). I did the load-side install and added appropriate spark proof 100 Amp circuit breakers between the ACR and Dual switch. The install was not really difficult at all but take time and make your own appropriately sized cables with heavy heat shrink
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