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It seems stuck at 2 or 2.1 feet. I checked the paddle wheel
before launch, removed the barnacles, and it spun freely.
Any ideas as to where the trouble might lie?
Thanks in advance!
Frank

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Paddle wheels on a depth finder?

Maybe the paddles wheel stops turning when you are in very shallow water


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It seems stuck at 2 or 2.1 feet. I checked the paddle wheel
before launch, removed the barnacles, and it spun freely.
Any ideas as to where the trouble might lie?
Thanks in advance!
Frank



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On Sun, 09 Jul 2006 01:54:08 GMT, frank1492
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It seems stuck at 2 or 2.1 feet. I checked the paddle wheel
before launch, removed the barnacles, and it spun freely.
Any ideas as to where the trouble might lie?
Thanks in advance!
Frank

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frank1492 wrote in
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It seems stuck at 2 or 2.1 feet. I checked the paddle wheel
before launch, removed the barnacles, and it spun freely.
Any ideas as to where the trouble might lie?
Thanks in advance!
Frank


Well, Frank, I see they've all had their little fun, so let's see if we can
find the depth sounder transducer. You've already cleaned the speed wheel
on the log....

The depth transducer is different on different kinds of boats. Tell us
what kind of boat you have, what brand/model of depth sounder it is so we
can identify (correctly this time) the transducer and trace out the
cables...which is probably the problem....

If you have barnacles on your hull, there may be an incrustation on the
surface of the depth transducer under the boat and that may be the problem.
Had the hull scrubbed lately?

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frank1492 wrote:
It seems stuck at 2 or 2.1 feet. I checked the paddle wheel
before launch, removed the barnacles, and it spun freely.
Any ideas as to where the trouble might lie?
Thanks in advance!
Frank


This HAS to be one of the best postings yet! Even my wife laughed, and she
doesn't even sail!




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Could be that the transducer is mounted inside the hull and has been
dislodged and is now measuring it's distance from something inside the
bilge.

Find the transducer.

Alec


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It seems stuck at 2 or 2.1 feet. I checked the paddle wheel
before launch, removed the barnacles, and it spun freely.
Any ideas as to where the trouble might lie?
Thanks in advance!
Frank



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Hello All-
For starters, will the wise guys (and their wives) who thought I
was so stupid please google "paddle wheel transducer" and see what
comes up? Thanks.
To the others, the boat is a 1988 Grady White Seafarer with a
thru-hull transducer.The paddle wheel is located left of center about
2-3 feet forward of the stern. I do not recall the manufacturer of the
depth finder. I will check tomorrow. (Boat currently at mooring.)
There are no obvious irregularities on the hull and the boat was
just launched so no opportunity to accumulate marine growth.
The problem occurred rather suddenly.
If the transducer is mounted inside the boat, I would assume
it would be found just above the port above the paddle wheel,
correct? And could that port be clogged with barnacles even though
the paddle wheel itself appeared clean?
I will try to find that transducer and hope it is not mounted
under the gas tank!
Thanks to those who have tried to help.
Frank









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It seems stuck at 2 or 2.1 feet. I checked the paddle wheel
before launch, removed the barnacles, and it spun freely.
Any ideas as to where the trouble might lie?
Thanks in advance!
Frank


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Now I get it. You all had a right to laugh. Actually it made much more
sense that the paddle wheel should measure speed, except I have
no speedometer on this boat!! (Never did have.)
My guess is that the depth finder transducer is mounted to the
floor just below the engine. Checking tomorrow...
Frank










On Mon, 10 Jul 2006 02:21:25 GMT, frank1492
wrote:

Hello All-
For starters, will the wise guys (and their wives) who thought I
was so stupid please google "paddle wheel transducer" and see what
comes up? Thanks.
To the others, the boat is a 1988 Grady White Seafarer with a
thru-hull transducer.The paddle wheel is located left of center about
2-3 feet forward of the stern. I do not recall the manufacturer of the
depth finder. I will check tomorrow. (Boat currently at mooring.)
There are no obvious irregularities on the hull and the boat was
just launched so no opportunity to accumulate marine growth.
The problem occurred rather suddenly.
If the transducer is mounted inside the boat, I would assume
it would be found just above the port above the paddle wheel,
correct? And could that port be clogged with barnacles even though
the paddle wheel itself appeared clean?
I will try to find that transducer and hope it is not mounted
under the gas tank!
Thanks to those who have tried to help.
Frank









On Sun, 09 Jul 2006 01:54:08 GMT, frank1492
wrote:

It seems stuck at 2 or 2.1 feet. I checked the paddle wheel
before launch, removed the barnacles, and it spun freely.
Any ideas as to where the trouble might lie?
Thanks in advance!
Frank


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Frank - It could be that you have a tri-ducer - these include both paddle
wheel for speed, depth transducer and temperature. It is possible that you
have one of these with just the depth hooked up. Just follow the cable and
you will find out.

If it is reading a low fixed number, you may have a bad connection or the
transducer or sounder may be bad. Maybe you could borrow a transducer and
hang it over the side while plugged into your unit? This should be the best
test.

Good Luck

"frank1492" wrote in message
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Hello All-
For starters, will the wise guys (and their wives) who thought I
was so stupid please google "paddle wheel transducer" and see what
comes up? Thanks.
To the others, the boat is a 1988 Grady White Seafarer with a
thru-hull transducer.The paddle wheel is located left of center about
2-3 feet forward of the stern. I do not recall the manufacturer of the
depth finder. I will check tomorrow. (Boat currently at mooring.)
There are no obvious irregularities on the hull and the boat was
just launched so no opportunity to accumulate marine growth.
The problem occurred rather suddenly.
If the transducer is mounted inside the boat, I would assume
it would be found just above the port above the paddle wheel,
correct? And could that port be clogged with barnacles even though
the paddle wheel itself appeared clean?
I will try to find that transducer and hope it is not mounted
under the gas tank!
Thanks to those who have tried to help.
Frank









On Sun, 09 Jul 2006 01:54:08 GMT, frank1492
wrote:

It seems stuck at 2 or 2.1 feet. I checked the paddle wheel
before launch, removed the barnacles, and it spun freely.
Any ideas as to where the trouble might lie?
Thanks in advance!
Frank




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frank1492 wrote:
Now I get it. You all had a right to laugh. Actually it made much more
sense that the paddle wheel should measure speed, except I have
no speedometer on this boat!! (Never did have.)
My guess is that the depth finder transducer is mounted to the
floor just below the engine. Checking tomorrow...
Frank


Frank,

It ain't what you say, it's the way that your say it! You had us all fooled
anyway, and I must confess I have learned something after 50 years sailing,
that there really IS a paddle wheel/transducer combined! We all have to live
an' learn!

Dennis.










On Mon, 10 Jul 2006 02:21:25 GMT, frank1492
wrote:

Hello All-
For starters, will the wise guys (and their wives) who thought I
was so stupid please google "paddle wheel transducer" and see what
comes up? Thanks.
To the others, the boat is a 1988 Grady White Seafarer with a
thru-hull transducer.The paddle wheel is located left of center about
2-3 feet forward of the stern. I do not recall the manufacturer of
the depth finder. I will check tomorrow. (Boat currently at mooring.)
There are no obvious irregularities on the hull and the boat was
just launched so no opportunity to accumulate marine growth.
The problem occurred rather suddenly.
If the transducer is mounted inside the boat, I would assume
it would be found just above the port above the paddle wheel,
correct? And could that port be clogged with barnacles even though
the paddle wheel itself appeared clean?
I will try to find that transducer and hope it is not mounted
under the gas tank!
Thanks to those who have tried to help.
Frank









On Sun, 09 Jul 2006 01:54:08 GMT, frank1492
wrote:

It seems stuck at 2 or 2.1 feet. I checked the paddle wheel
before launch, removed the barnacles, and it spun freely.
Any ideas as to where the trouble might lie?
Thanks in advance!
Frank





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