Hi Boudreau and welcome to the forum.
My first question, did the boat
not have a depth transducer
installed somewhere before? If so I would use the same location. I replaced the transducer in my Pearson
and was even able to use the same mounting.
If no hole from a previous transducer maybe the PO used one that shot through the hull
. That works quite well if done correctly with some loss of max depth range. I hear that it may not work
as well if at all with a cored hull
but not sure about that.
Best location is forward end of the hull which puts the transducer in less turbulent water
and gives more stable readings. Also may give you about a half second warning of a shallow spot just before the keel
goes BUMP. Try to mount the transducer so it sits as close to horizontal as possible.
On my boat it is mounted on the center-line, below the stem and just ahead of the leading edge of the keel.
By the way, with a handle like Boudreau shouldn't you be in south LA instead of GA?