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I have a 1996 Grady White Chase that has a stepped hull (1) and would lie to know if the RV100 transom mount transducer can be installed on the first step where it will be completely submerged. Raymarine also has a bracket for stepped hulls so will this be needed and if so, how does it install?

My boat also has 2 built in transducer platforms under the hull for 0 degree thru hull installs on both sides of keel about 1.5' from the keel. Can the RV200 0 degree be installed as a pair because it was designed for a single flat keel install or are the only pairs that can be installed on a boat are the angled RV200's, which I cannot use?
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The A80479 Step Mount for RV-100 RealVision 3D Transom Mount Transducer was primarily introduced for bass boat applications where the hull features a step located directly forward of the engine. The Step Mount may also be mounted to a [censored] plate. In such applications, the RV-100 will be used while operating at trolling speeds. The RV-100 will either be out of the water or exposed to an aerated flow of water when the vessel is operating at speed approaching plane and while on plane. The speed at which such aeration will occur will differ for all hulls and cannot be predicted. As the RV-100 may be unable to maintain bottom lock under such conditions, an in-hull or low profile thru-hull 50kHz/200kHz fishfinder transducer will often additionally be installed to support tracking bottom at speeds higher than will be supported by the RV-100.

The Step Mount is designed to permit a RV-100 RealVision 3D Transom Mount Transducer to be mounted to the flat level surface located aft of the step located forward of the engine. Do do so, the RV-100 RealVision 3D Transom Mount Transducer unfastened from its mounting bracket and will instead be fastened to the Step Mount. The transducers's cable will then be routed aft and up the backside of the transom where the cable will either pass through the transom above the waterline or pass over the transom. Note that on bass boats that this is a relatively short distance to route the transducer cable beneath the hull. As the transducer will be rotated / oriented 180 degrees from the orientation that the RV transducer would typically be installed (i.e. normally transducer is installed with cable exiting forward ... with Step Mount, the transducer will be installed with the cable exiting aft), a configuration setting with the transducer settings of the Fishfinder application will need to be configured accordingly.

Unlike traditional transducers which would be mounted on such transducer platforms as you have identified, RealVision 3D 0 degree transducers are designed to shoot sideways. As such, should the transducer platform which you have identified position the transducer above the level of the keel, then a blind spot on the opposite side may be caused by the keel. If so, then you may want to consider a tilted element RV pair to be installed on either side of the keel and forward of the transducer platforms to permit them to potentially hold bottom a higher speeds than would be supported by a RV200 when mounted to one of the platforms.
So to be clear, a pair of identical RealVision 3D RV200 transducers mounted on both sides of the keel should provide me a full side view picture, location being the 2 flat transducer mounting locations created by the boat builder on each side of the keel?

Q1. a pair of identical RealVision 3D RV200 transducers mounted on both sides of the keel should provide me a full side view picture.
A1. Negative. Unlike tilted element RV transducers, the RV200, RV300, and RV400 transducers are not designed to be used in pairs. In my last response, I recommended that a tilted element RV transducer pair be mounted forward of the transducer platforms described.
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