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Old 28-10-2012, 18:18   #1
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I seem to have a depth finder on my CAT 27, 1973 model but have no idea how it works. Does anyone know?
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Old 28-10-2012, 18:22   #2
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What brand & model? Google the manufacture they may have a manual on line.
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Re: depth finder

Is it the original equipment? Does it have a round face on the front, somewhat like a clock, with the depth readings around the outside?
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Re: depth finder

If somewhere on it are any markings, brand name or model numbers that would help...
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Old 31-10-2012, 01:20   #5
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Re: depth finder

yes itis behind the door to the back of the boat, it looks blue and original. thanks. i do not see any #'s
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Re: Depth Finder

Sounds like a Data Marine They are defunct if it is.
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Re: Depth Finder

Without pictures or model I'm taking a wild guess based on age. If it has a circular dial then I suspect it also has either two or three knobs; Power, Range (maybe), and Sensitivity (or Gain). Turn the Sensitivity/Gain to minimum, then turn on Power. When you turn it on there should be an arm that spins around inside the housing, just like the hands of a clock, only much faster. On the end of the arm is a red LED/light (can't remember if this was an LED). Turn the Sensitivity/Gain until you see the red light at essentially one location on the dial. If you turn it too far you'll see flashes all over the place, you're looking for a pretty solid light at one location on the dial, with darkness the rest of the way around. Depending on the bottom type, depth, and transducer condition this may be easy to achieve and interpret or not so much, these units always took a little operator guesswork. If there is a Range knob it was usually Feet/Fathoms, in Feet position your reading at the red mark is in feet, in Fathoms position the same reading is in Fathoms. Sometimes the Range was more like 60/120 in feet, depends on the unit.

That's all from memory, which is pretty hazy, but we had several units along those lines in boats from the 70s. Give it a try and let us know how it works. And if none of that makes sense take a picture and post it so we can see what we're working with.
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Re: Depth Finder

My advice is to throw it away and fit a simple fish finder until you can afford something better. Mine works fine as a depth sounder and is also useful to let me know if breakfast is lurking under the hull--and it is accurate when checked against a sounding line.
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