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Old 16-10-2010, 10:30   #1
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GPS / Transducer Help Needed

I am buying a new Stingray 250CS. Stingray does not offer a GPS asan option but I have ordered the optional depth finder which displays depth information using a digital gauge. I believe the depth finder is made by Faria. I do not know where its transducer is located or whether it is NMEA compatible. I want to purchase a Garmin 421s GPS/Sounder with a thru-hul transducer. This device is NMEA compatible. Short of drilling holes and/or complex installation is there a way I can hook the Faria's transducer to the Garmin? Alternately, can anyone suggest what/how I should install so I can get not just depth indication but the underwater profile as the Garmin 421s sounder option makes possible?

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Old 16-10-2010, 10:42   #2
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Depth sounder transducers and fish finder transducers are 2 different things, you can't substitute one for the other.

The chance that the Faria transducer and the Garmin are compatible is pretty slim.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Bulent.

As DotDun indicates, you may be asking too much of the technology.

Airmar is the largest manufacturer of transducers, and have manufacturer cross-references and technical information on their website.

Airmar Technology Corporation The Leader in Ultrasonic Transducers and Sensing Technology

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Thanks! I shall call Stingray to see if the transducer that they use for their depth-finder (made by Faria) is NMEA compliant. If so, I am hoping I can use an NMEA T-connector and feed both the Faria depth-finder and the Garmin 421s (which is NMEA compliant). I am trying to avoid the, what appears to be a bit tricky, installation of a Garmin transducer for shoot-thru-hull operation.

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