09-03-2008, 06:15 AM
My front locator was giving eratic, inconsistant readings and I discovered that the plastic coating had been damaged on the cable leaving the coaxial wires bare. This damaged part is below the water line. On close inspection it looks like the wires are undamaged. Could this be repaired with liquid electrical tape to make it water proof?
09-03-2008, 06:52 AM
It's certainly cheap to try and if it doesn't work you'll need to get a new transducer anyway. I've repaired a main outboard wiring cable this way and it worked fine.
Before you apply the liquid electrical tape, pull the transducer off the boat and put it in a warm, dry environment for several days, like an attic. Most likely, water has seeped down the cable and who knows where it has gone. If you can get all the water to evaporate out of the cable, transducer body, etc., odds of a successful repair go up.
OTOH, depending on your sonar, replacement transducers can be cheap. Last fall, I got a new-in-box transducer for my sonar for $10 at Gander Mountain in a clearance sale (this is the right time of year!). If others on Walleye Central are like me, there are a lot of new or newish transducers lying on shelves that could be had for little more than cost of shipping.
09-03-2008, 06:11 PM
Thanks for the adise. So far the transducers I have been looking at are half as much as the locator is worth so I will try what you have said.