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  • Jack Plate / Side Scan Transducer Help :(

    Posted by shanebeaty on January 27, 2018 at 2:22 am

    I recently added a Lowrance Structure Scan transducer to the back of my 2015 Nitro Z6. The problem now is because of how the stern is recessed on a Z6, the Mercury 115 four stroke prop is in the way and I can not scan to one side. I tried raising the prop when side scanning, but all it does is throw rooster tails way into the air, and makes steering the boat almost impossible. Has anyone came across this problem before and found a solution? My first thought was I could move the engine back 8 inches with a jack plate. However, I am very disappointed in Nitro Boat’s customer service. I tried multiple times to talk to a Nitro design engineer to see if the Z6 stern could support one. Customer service said they would have an engineer call me, but no one ever did. Does anyone here have experience with jack plates, and more specifically has anyone heard of transom failure do to a jack plate? Or do you think the 2015 Nitro Z6 stern would support say a 8+ inch jack plate? If so, what are your thoughts on if the jack plate was hydraulic vs static? I don’t know the dynamics of the boat after adding a jack plate (Z6 is an entry level fiberglass) and didn’t know if adding a hydraulic one would really add much more benefit than a static one, etc.? Then lastly, I would prefer not to have to drill any new holes in my stern and just wanted to see if the mounting holes on jack plates were fairly standard? Thanks for your help!

    PS – I tried adding an image to help picture the problem better, but is says the file is invalid

    ktbass09 replied 6 years, 1 month ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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    January 27, 2018 at 3:42 am

    I read saw video about the “technological angler” (see on line)adding a second SI/DI transdeucer one dedicated to right scan the other to the left positioned further right and left if center to avoid the prop …running off the hummingbird solix….the unit was able to automatically compile the 2 into one smooth stream and claimed a better image for specific right side or left side…

    That’s the extent of my knowledge or ideas…

  • ktbass09

    January 28, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Just bought a z175 ranger and didn’t have a good place for side imaging. Finally settled on eventually gluing a stern saver to bottom of step on transom…then I’ll mount my transducer to the stern saver with a Johnny ray jr3 transducer will give it a clear shot in both directions..all I need it for is slow scanning but I think I’ll b able to get higher speed readings as well with the wide range of adjustment the bracket allows..gonna mount a helix mega 9 soon..

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