I finally broke down and purchased a new 1199ci HDSI unit and am hoping to install it on a 2002 Monark Sea King 160. As I've never had a side imaging unit I wanted to get the forums thoughts on some best tips for a successful installation as well as getting some input on where the best location for the transducer would be. A few of the specific installation questions I have are below but I would appreciate any other advice you would be willing to share:
1) I've read that it's best to run power directly from battery to the unit. Would it be ok to use the cranking battery as the power source?
2) What I've read also states that as far as power source goes the bigger the gauge wire used from the battery to the unit is better. In that case would 10 gauge wire with a 3 amp fuse be appropriate or would that be overkill for a single unit? IF 10 gauge is too aggressive what would you suggest for this unit?
3) From the picture below, would mounting the HDSI transducer in a location similar to the transducer that is already there work?
Thanks for any help you can provide.