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Garmin 541s transucer, unit problems

The depth reading on the rear unit starts flashing, when you start to plain out. Rough water causes the same problem. Unit will also shut itself off. I have been dealing with this issue for several months. The dealer has tried everything, moving transducer, replacing unit etc.. Still the same issues, I do not like Garmin products for marine craft, and would not recommend to anyone. Glad mine was under warranty, got money back from dealer, got (2) Hummingbird 898si. Thanks BucksIsland Marine. Southside, AL

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Sound like the transducer is catching air.

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Wow.. where to start.. there are so many things that will cause the issue you are describing.What type of electronics do you have? Does this happen at all speeds? Where is the transducer mounted? I need more info about when it stops reading.
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