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Last time out I switched on the sounder (cuda 128) and the unit reads 60ft eventhough I am in 2 feet of water and the screen is just a jumble of clutter, I reset the unit hoping it would clear up but to no avail reading and picture is still the same. I have no idea what the problem could be can anyone help. Thanks
 
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The transducer shoots through the hull I checked and it looked fine, after I have checked all other possible problems I will remount the transducer, if you have had transducer problems please get in touch and let me know the symptoms.
 
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Hey John,

First thing I would do it test it in water that is at least 4-5 meters in depth.

No sounder will read correctly in 2 feet of water.

Once tested in 4-5m of water let us know if its doing the same thing, then it might be time to look at how the transducer is attached to the hull.
 
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I have been in deep water in excess of 4-5m (the Clarence River) and nothing changed I also turned it on and off while in deep water. Thanks
 
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johnlikes2fishinayak said:
I have been in deep water in excess of 4-5m (the Clarence River) and nothing changed I also turned it on and off while in deep water. Thanks
Ahh ok, no worries mate. From you initial post it was not clear that you had done so as it only made reference to being in 2ft of water.......which isn't a good starting point as most sounders won't return a reading in less than 2-3 meters of water.

I'd be checking your transducer attachment......do what Davey did and remove it completely and stick it over the side of the yak.....see what happens. If you get a reading then you can rule out a unit/transducer problem and the problem will lie in how it is attached to the hull.

A process of elimination unfortunately......
 
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It looks like I'll have to remove the tranducer from that blob of sikaflex to test it. I'll wait a day or two to see if any more posts come up with other ideas on what the problem may be if not out she comes for some testing in the pool.
 

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I have the same problem with my Cuda 168 in shallow water but as sson as I'm in a metre or more, it clears up pretty well.
I'd suggest checking the transducer and the wiring. If any salt water gets into the wiring, the conductivity is going to be shot to pieces and you're gonna get a poor signal reach the unit.
 

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Hey jonlikes2fishinayak.

Do you still have your reciept? Maybe you could try blame it on a fault within the sounder :p. Even if it is your fault! But then again it doesn't sound like you have mistreated it. Is it still under warranty?

Troy
 
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The sounder is still under warranty so after removal tomorrow mornning I'll test it in the pool and if it's the mounting I'll redo that if not back to the shop.
 

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My Cuda 128 will do it occasionally in shallow water. Have to remember that you are expecting the sounder to do some very fancy signal processing to be able interpret the data it gets back. Sometimes they get confused and it just takes a bit of time to get its head together. Mine generally sttles down in a minute or two without me playing with it. May take much longer if I remain in the shallows
 
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