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The PiranhaMAX 240 features a high resolution 8 level grayscale 240V x160H 4" display and Tri Beam sonar with 1600 Watts PTP power output.

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For More Information: Steve Roth 402/437-6400 steveroth@sramarketing.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

With Humminbirds New PiranhaMAX Fishfinders High Tech Is Very Affordable
EUFAULA, Ala. (July 2006) Humminbird is introducing a new line of PiranhaMAX one-touch fishfinders offering high tech sonar, including 90 degree Tri Beam and wireless remote sonar, and high-resolution grayscale screens, at very affordable prices. Our new PiranhaMAX models for 2007 are a great value for anglers seeking a highperforming fishfinder without a big expense, Humminbird Senior Global Product Manager Darrell Watt said. We are excited to offer state-of-the-art technology such as the Tri Beam sonar in an entry level product line. All anglers, regardless of their budgets can benefit from Humminbirds advanced sonar capabilities. Top-of-the-line PiranhaMAX models feature a high-definition, 4-inch, 240 vertical pixel screen, with 8-level inverse grayscale technology, while the entry models feature a 160 vertical pixel screen with 4 level grayscale. All models feature easy-to-use operation that lets the angler just power the unit on and fish with no hassles. Anglers can choose from PiranhaMAX models with Tri Beam, Dual Beam and Single Beam, or combined with Humminbirds SmartCast Wireless Sonar. Tri Beam provides directional fishfinding that indicates whether fish are to the left, right or below the boat. Tri Beam sonar also offers an exceptionally wide view of the bottom by combining a 20 degree down-looking beam and two 35 degree beams for total 90 degree coverage. Fish in the narrow beam appear as solid symbols, while the fish in the outside beams appear as outline symbols, pointing either right or left to indicate which side of the boat they are located. Total coverage for fish is equal to twice the depth, so anglers see an area much wider with Tri Beam. -more
With Humminbirds New PiranhaMAX Fishfinders High Tech Is Very Affordable (add one)
Dual Beam offers much wider coverage for fish than single beam systems, and lets you know whether the fish are directly below or dispersed around the boat. Dual Beam sonar combines a high-definition 20 degree down-looking beam, with a wider scanning 60 degree beam that looks for fish. Fish in the narrow beam appear as solid symbols, while fish in the wider beam appear as outline symbols. Total bottom coverage is equal to the depth, which provides three times the coverage of single beam models. Single Beam sonar utilizes Humminbirds 20 degree @-10db beam that provides better definition of structure and bottom composition. Total bottom coverage is equal to one-third the depth. Depending on the model, PiranhaMAX units have maximum depth capability of 800 feet to 600 feet and offer power at 1,600 watts peak-to-peak (200 watts RMS) or 800 watts peak-topeak (100 watts RMS). All models include temperature built into the transducer. Select PiranhaMAX models are offered in a portable configuration with a hardshell carrying case and suction cup transducer. The unique PiranhaMAX 230 Portable (PT) combines traditional fishfinding with revolutionary SmartCast wireless sonar to locate fish anywhere it can be cast, whether fishing from the dock, bank or boat. The Manufacturers Suggested Retail Prices for the new PiranhaMAX models range from $79 to $199. New models available January 2007. For more information contact Humminbird, 678 Humminbird Lane, Eufaula, AL 36027, or call the Consumer Resource Center at (800) 633-1468 or visit www.humminbird.com. Humminbird is a leading innovator and manufacturer of fishfinders, fishfinder/GPS combo units, chartplotters, marine radios and digital depth gauges. Products in the Humminbird line include 900 Series, 700 Series, 300 Series, Matrix Series, 500 Series, PiranhaMax and SmartCast. Humminbird branded products are manufactured and marketed by the Marine Electronics Group of Johnson Outdoors Inc., headquartered in Racine, Wis. -30-

PiranhaMAX 240

Key Features:
240V x 160H high contrast 4" diagonal LCD display Tri Beam locates fish to the left, right and below the boat Selective Fish ID+ shows fish in wide beam as outlined symbols as well as the orientation to the boat, and fish in narrow beam as solid symbols 1600 watts peak-to-peak, 200 watts RMS power output, 2 " target separation 8-level grayscale delivers a clearly better image of bottom, fish and structure Swivel mount adjusts for optimum viewing from anywhere on the boat Easy One-Touch control accesses full set of advanced features Reliable performance from shallow to 800 feet

Specifications

Display: Transducer standard: Transducer coverage(s): Operating frequency(s): Power output: Depth capability: Target separation: Temperature: Speed: Power input: Unit mounting: Unit size installed (gimbal): Transducer mounting: 240V x 160H, 4" diagonal, 8-level grayscale, high-contrast FSTN LCD Tri Beam 20 & (2) 35 @ -10db; 90 of total coverage 200 & 455 kHz 1,600 watts peak-to-peak, 200 watts RMS 800 feet 2 1/2" Included in transducer Not capable 10-20 VDC Tilting and swiveling gimbal mount 4 3/8" W x 6 1/8" H x 3 1/4"D Transom standard; optional trolling motor, puck or thru hulls available

MSRP: $139

PiranhaMAX 230 Portable
Traditional 20 Single Beam sonar with 1600 Watts Peak-to-Peak, 200 Watts RMS power output and depth to 800 feet SmartCast 90 single beam wireless sonar with operating range to 100 feet and depth capability to 120 ft. SmartCast Advanced Remote Sonar Sensor with 4 level grayscale sonar, water temperature and programmable light for night fishing Rugged portable model with case, carry handle, transducer cable wrap and non-skid bottom Operates on 8 AA Alkaline batteries 240V x 160H high contrast 4 1/4 diagonal LCD display Suction cup transducer mounts on most smooth surface wood, fiberglass and aluminum hulls Water surface temperature included in transducer
Display: Transducer standard: Wireless Transducer: Transducer coverage(s): Wireless transducer coverage Operating frequency(s): Wireless operating frequency(s): Power output: Depth capability: Wireless depth capability: Target separation: Temperature: Speed: Power input: Unit mounting: Transducer mounting: 240V x 160H, 4" diagonal, 8 level grayscale, high-contrast FSTN LCD Dual Beam Single Beam 20 & 60 @ -10db 90 @ -10db 200 kHz 125 kHz 1,600 watts peak-to-peak, 200 watts RMS 800 feet 120 feet 2 1/2 Included in transducer Not capable 10-20 VDC Portable case Suction cup

MSRP: $199

PiranhaMAX 220
Key Features: 240V x 160H high contrast 4" diagonal LCD display
Dual Beam sonar provides wide 60 beam for Fish ID+ and precision 20 degree beam for better bottom detail Selective Fish ID+ shows fish in wide beam as outlined symbols, and fish in narrow beam as solid symbols True 8-level grayscale delivers a clearly better image of bottom, fish and structure Swivel mount adjusts for optimum viewing from anywhere on the boat Easy One-Touch control accesses full set of advanced features 1600 watts peak-to-peak, 200 watts RMS power output 2 1/2 target separation Reliable performance from shallow to 800 feet
Display: Transducer standard: Transducer coverage(s): Operating frequency(s): Power output: Depth capability: Target separation: Temperature: Speed: Power input: Unit mounting: Unit Size Installed (gimbal): Transducer mounting: 240V x 160H; 4" diagonal, 8-level grayscale, high-contrast FSTN LCD Dual Beam 20 & 60 @ -10db 200 and 83 kHz 1,600 watts peak-to-peak, 200 watts RMS 800 feet 2 1/2" Included in transducer Not capable 10-20 VDC Tilting and swiveling gimbal mount 4 3/8" W x 6 1/8"H x 3 1/4"D Transom standard; optional trolling motor, puck or thru hulls available

MSRP: $99

PiranhaMAX 215
160V x 132H high contrast 4" diagonal LCD display Dual Beam sonar provides wide 60 beam for Fish ID+ and precision 20 beam for better bottom detail Selective Fish ID+ shows fish in wide beam as outlined symbols, and fish in narrow beam as solid symbols True 4-level grayscale delivers a clearly better image of bottom, fish and structure Easy One-Touch control accesses full set of advanced features 800 Watts Peak-to-Peak, 100 Watts RMS power output, 2 1/2" target separation Reliable performance from shallow to 600 feet Water surface temperature included in transducer
Display: Transducer standard: Transducer coverage(s): Operating frequency(s): Power output: Depth capability: Target separation: Temperature: Speed: Power input: Unit mounting: Unit size installed (gimbal): Transducer mounting: 160V x 132H; 4" diagonal, 4-level grayscale LCD Dual Beam 20 & 60 @ -10db 200 and 83 kHz 800 watts peak-to-peak, 100 watts RMS 600 feet 2 1/2" Included in transducer Not capable 10-20 VDC Tilting gimbal mount 4 3/8" W x 6 1/8" H x 3 1/4" D Transom standard; optional trolling motor, puck or thru hulls available

MSRP: $89

PiranhaMAX 210
160V x 132H high-contrast 4" diagonal LCD display True 4-level grayscale delivers a clearly better image of bottom, fish and structure Easy One-Touch control accesses full set of advanced features 200 kHz , 20 Single Beam sonar delivers better bottom detail 800 Watts Peak-to-Peak, 100 Watts RMS power output, 2 1/2" target separation Ultra-compact size mounts almost anywhere Reliable performance from shallow to 600 feet Water surface temperature included in transducer
Display: Transducer standard: Transducer coverage(s): Operating frequency(s): Power output: Depth capability: Target separation: Temperature: Speed: Power input: Unit mounting: Unit size installed (gimbal): Transducer mounting: 160V x 132H; 4" diagonal, 4-level grayscale LCD Single Beam 20 @ -10db 200 kHz 800 watts peak-to-peak, 100 watts RMS 600 feet 2 1/2" Included in transducer Not capable 10-20 VDC Tilting gimbal mount 4 3/8" W x 6 1/8" H x 3 1/4"D Transom standard; optional trolling motor, puck or thru hulls available

MSRP: $79

PiranhaMAX 210 Portable
160V x 132H high-contrast 4" diagonal LCD display True 4-level grayscale delivers a clearly better image of bottom, fish and structure Easy One-Touch control accesses full set of advanced features 200 kHz , 20 Single Beam sonar delivers better bottom detail 800 watts peak-to-peak, 100 watts RMS power output, 2 1/2" target separation Reliable performance from shallow to 600 feet Rugged portable model with case, carry handle, transducer cable wrap and non-skid bottom Operates on 8 AA Alkaline Batteries Suction cup transducer mounts on most smooth surface wood, fiberglass and aluminum hulls Water surface temperature included in transducer

Display: Transducer: Transducer coverage(s): Operating frequency(s): Power output: Depth capability: Target separation: Temperature: Speed: Power input: Unit mounting: Transducer mounting: 160V x 132H; 4" diagonal, 4-level grayscale LCD Standard: Single Beam 20 @ -10db 200 kHz 800 watts peak-to-peak, 100 Watts RMS 600 feet 2 1/2" Included in transducer Not capable 10-20 VDC Portable case Suction cup

MSRP: $119

PiranhaMAX 215 Portable
160V x 132H high contrast 4" diagonal LCD display True 4-level grayscale delivers a clearly better image of bottom, fish and structure Dual Beam sonar provides wide 60 beam for Fish ID+ and precision 20 beam for better bottom detail Selective Fish ID+ shows fish in wide beam as outlined symbols, and fish in narrow beam as solid symbols Easy One-Touch control accesses full set of advanced features 800 watts peak-to-peak, 100 watts RMS power output, 2 1/2" target separation Reliable performance from shallow to 600 feet Rugged portable model with case, carry handle, transducer cable wrap and non-skid bottom Operates on 8 AA Alkaline Batteries Suction cup transducer mounts on most smooth surface wood, fiberglass and aluminum hulls Water surface temperature included in transducer
Display: Transducer standard: Transducer coverage(s): Operating frequency(s): Power output: Depth capability: Target separation: Temperature: Speed: Power input: Unit mounting: Transducer mounting: 160V x 132H; 4" diagonal, 4-level grayscale LCD Dual Beam 20 and 60 @ -10db 200 and 83 kHz 800 watts peak-to-peak, 100 Watts RMS 600 feet 2 1/2" Included in transducer Not capable 10-20 VDC Portable case Suction cup

MSRP: $129

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Installation Overview

Before you start installation, we encourage you to read these instructions carefully in order to get the full benefit from your PiranhaMAX. There are three basic installation tasks that you must perform for the PiranhaMAX: Installing the control head Installing the transducer Testing the complete installation and locking the transducer position.
Control Head Installation

Determine Where to Mount

Begin the installation by determining where to mount the control head. Consider the following to determine the best location: To check the location planned for the control head, test run the cables for the power and transducer. See the installation section for your transducer type in order to plan the location of the transducer. The mounting surface should be stable enough to protect the control head from excessive wave shock and vibration, and should provide visibility while in operation. Your PiranhaMAX may have one of two different types of mounting bases, either a tilt mounting base or a tilt and swivel mounting base. The mounting area should allow sufficient room for the unit to pivot freely, to swivel if capable, and for easy removal and installation (Figures 1 and 2).

Figure 1

Figure 2
Connect the Power Cable to the Boat
A 6' long power cable is included to supply power to the control head. You may shorten or lengthen the cable using 18 gauge multi-stranded copper wire.
CAUTION: Some boats have 24 or 36 Volt electric systems, but the control head MUST be connected to a 12 VDC power supply.
The control head power cable can be connected to the electrical system of the boat at two places: a fuse panel usually located near the console, or directly to the battery.
NOTE: Make sure that the power cable is not connected to the control head at the beginning of this procedure. 2
NOTE: Humminbird is not responsible for over-voltage or over-current failures. The control head must have adequate protection through the proper selection and installation of a 1 amp fuse.

GROUND

Figure 3
1a. If a fuse terminal is available, use crimp-on type electrical connectors (not included) that match the terminal on the fuse panel. Attach the black wire to ground (-), and the red wire to positive (+) 12 VDC power (Figure 3). Install a 1 amp fuse (not included) for protection of the unit. Humminbird is not responsible for over-voltage of over-current failures. or. 1b. If you need to wire the control head directly to a battery, obtain and install an inline fuse holder and a 1 amp fuse (not included) for the protection of the unit (Figure 4). Humminbird is not responsible for over-voltage or over-current failures.

Transom Transducer Installation
Locating the Transducer Mounting Position
Turbulence: You must first determine the best location on the transom to install the transducer. It is very important to locate the transducer in an area that is relatively free of turbulent water. Consider the following to find the best location with the least amount of turbulence:
Areas of Possible Turbulence

Rivets Transom

Strakes Hull

Figure 9 Stepped Hull

As the boat moves through the water, turbulence is generated by the weight of the boat and the thrust of the propeller(s) - either clockwise or counter-clockwise. This turbulent water is normally confined to areas immediately aft of ribs, strakes or rows of rivets on the bottom of the boat, and in the immediate area of the propeller(s). Clockwise propellers create more turbulence on the port side. On outboard or inboard/outboard boats, it is best to locate the transducer at least 15" to the side of the propeller(s) (Figure 11). The best way to locate turbulence-free water is to view the transom while the boat is moving. This method is recommended if maximum high-speed operation is a high priority. If this is not possible, select a location on the transom where the hull forward of this location is smooth, flat and free of protrusions or ribs (Figure 9).

Figure 10

On boats with stepped hulls, it may be possible to mount the transducer on the step. Do not mount the transducer on the transom behind a step to avoid popping the transducer out of the water at higher speeds; the transducer must remain in the water for the control head to maintain the sonar signal (Figure 10).
If the transom is behind the propeller(s), it may be impossible to find an area clear from turbulence, and a different mounting technique or transducer type should be considered, such as an Inside the Hull Transducer. If you plan to trailer your boat, do not mount the transducer too close to trailer bunks or rollers to avoid moving or damaging the transducer during loading and unloading of the boat. If high speed operation is critical, you may want to consider using an In-Hull transducer instead of this Transom Mount transducer.

3rd hole

Figure 15

the transducer on the starboard side. If your propeller moves counter-clockwise (in forward, as you're facing the stern of the boat from behind), mount the transducer on the port side.
3. Continue to hold the bracket on the transom of the boat, and use a pencil or marker to mark where to drill the two mounting holes. Mark the drill holes near the top of each slot, making sure that your mark is centered in the slot (Figure 15).
NOTE: The third hole should not be drilled until the angle and height of the transducer is finalized, which you will not do until a later procedure. 11
4. Make sure that the drill bit is perpendicular to the actual surface of the transom, NOT parallel to the ground, before you drill. Using a 5/32 bit, drill the two holes only to a depth of approximately 1.
NOTE: On fiberglass hulls, it is best to use progressively larger drill bits to reduce the chance of chipping or flaking the outer coating.
Assembling the Transducer and Initial Mounting
In this procedure, you will assemble the transducer using the hardware provided, then mount it and make adjustments to its position without locking it in place.
NOTE: You will initially assemble the transducer and the mounting bracket by matching the two ratchets to a numbered position on the transducer knuckle. Further adjustments may be necessary.
1a. If you already know your transom angle, refer to the chart below for the initial position to use to set the ratchets (Figure 16). If your transom is angled at 14 degrees (a common transom angle for many boats) use position 1 for the ratchets. In either case, go to step 2.

Bead Alignment Number

0.0 cm 0

1.1cm 1/2

2.5 cm 1

4.3 cm 1 5/8

5.9 cm 2 3/8

7.6 cm 3

9.3cm 3 5/8

11.1cm 4 3/8

12.9cm 5

14.9cm 5 7/8

16.9cm 6 5/8
Transom Angle () -2 -Measured Distance (x)

Figure 16

Measuring the Transom Angle
Plumb line Transom Angle in degrees ()

Weight

1b. If you do not know your transom angle, measure it using a plumb line (weighted nylon string or monofilament line) exactly 12 inches long. Hold the top of the plumb line against the top of the transom with your finger, and wait until the line hangs straight down (Figure 17). Using a ruler, measure the distance from the bottom of the plumb line to the back of the transom, then use the chart (Figure 16).

NOTE: It is important to take your measurement in the location shown in Figure 17, from exactly 12 inches down from the top of the transom. 12

Measured Distance (X)

Figure 17
2. Place the two ratchets, one on either side of the transducer knuckle, so that the beads on each ratchet line up with the desired position number on the knuckle (Figure 18a). If you are setting the ratchets at position 1, the beads on each ratchet will line up with the rib on the transducer knuckle to form one continuous line on the assembly (Figure 18b).
NOTE: The ratchets are keyed; make sure that the square teeth on each ratchet face the square teeth on the transducer knuckle, and the triangular teeth face outward.
Hold the ratchets on the transducer knuckle with one hand and fit the mounting bracket over them until it snaps into place with the other hand. Refer to the illustration (Figure 18d).
Transducer Knuckle Positions

Knuckle

Ratchets Placed in Position 1

Beads Ratchet

Rib at position 1

Figure 18a

Figure 18b
Ratchets Placed in Position 2
Fitting the Mounting Bracket Over the Ratchet

Rib Ratchet

Figure 18c

Figure 18d

Inserting the Pivot Bolt
3. Put the pivot bolt through the assembly to hold it in position and loosely install the nut, but do NOT tighten the nut at this time (Figure 19). 4. Align the mounting bracket transducer assembly with the drilled holes in the transom. With a 5/16" socket driver, mount the assembly to the transom using the two #10 - 1" long screws provided (Figure 20). Hand tighten only!
NOTE: Make sure that the mounting screws are snug, but do not fully tighten the mounting screws at this time to allow the transducer assembly to slide for adjustment purposes.
Figure 19 Mounting the Assembly to the Transom

Figure 20

5. Adjust the initial angle of the transducer from back to front by rotating the transducer until the side seam on the transducer is almost parallel with the bottom of the boat, one click at a time in either direction (Figure 21 and 22).

NOTE: The deeper the transducer is in the water, the more likely that a rooster tail of spray will be generated at high speeds, so make sure that the transducer is as high as it can be and still be submerged in the water.
If you are still not getting good high speed readings, you may need to disassemble the transducer mounting assembly and re-position the ratchets (Figures 18a - 18d). If you do change the transducer position, re-trace the position of the mounting bracket before proceeding.
NOTE: It is often necessary to make several incremental transducer adjustments before optimum high speed performance is achieved. Due to the wide variety of boat hulls, however, it is not always possible to obtain high speed depth readings.
6. Once you have reached a consistently good sonar signal at the desired speeds, you are ready to lock down the transducer settings. Remove the transducer from the bracket (after noting where the ratchets are assembled), then re-align the mounting bracket against the transom of the boat to match the traced silhouette. Check the bracket position with the level again to make sure it is still level, then mark the third mounting hole using a pencil or marker. Unscrew and remove the mounting screws and the transducer bracket and set aside. 7. Drill the third mounting hole, using a 5/32 drill bit. Use a marine-grade silicone sealant to fill all three drilled mounting holes, especially if the holes penetrated the transom wall.
NOTE: On fiberglass hulls, it is best to use progressively larger drill bits to reduce the chance of chipping or flaking the outer coating. Fully Tighten All Three Mounting Screws

Figure 27

8. Re-position the transducer bracket against the transom of the boat, then hand-install all three screws. Make sure that the transducer location has not changed, then fully tighten all three mounting screws (Figure 27). Hand tighten only! Re-install the transducer to the mounting bracket, making sure to assemble the ratchets in the same location they had before. (See Figures 18a - 18d and Figure 21 - 22). If you have performed the preceding procedures correctly, the transducer should be level and at the right height for optimal operation.
In-hull mounting generally produces good results in single thickness fiberglasshulled boats. Humminbird cannot guarantee depth performance when transmitting and receiving through the hull of the boat, since some signal loss occurs. The amount of loss depends on hull construction and thickness, as well as the installation position and process.

NOTE: In-hull mounting requires an installed and operational control head. NOTE: The integral temperature probe will not work with in-hull mounting, so you may either want to consider purchasing a Temp Sensor or obtaining a different transducer. Humminbird offers a transducer exchange program to swap the NEW and UNASSEMBLED transducer, accompanied by mounting hardware, for one without an integral temperature probe. Call the Humminbird Customer Resource Center at 1-800-633-1468 for details, or visit www.humminbird.com for more information.
This installation requires slow-cure two-part epoxy. Do not use silicone or any other soft adhesive to install the transducer, as this material reduces the sensitivity of the unit. Do not use five-minute epoxy, as it has a tendency to cure before all the air bubbles can be purged, thus reducing signal strength.
Determine the Transducer Mounting Location
Decide where to install the transducer on the inside of the hull. Consider the following to find the best location:
Observe the outside of the boat hull to find the areas that are mostly free from turbulent water. Avoid ribs, strakes and other protrusions, as these create turbulence (Figure 28). As a general rule, the faster the boat can travel, the further aft and closer to the centerline of the hull the transducer has to be located in order to remain in contact with the water at high speeds (Figure 29).
Figure 28 Preferred Mounting Area

Figure 29

Trial Installation
You will not be able to adjust the mounting after an inside the hull transducer is installed. It is best, therefore, to perform a trial installation first that includes running the boat at various speeds, in order to determine the best mounting area before permanently mounting the transducer. 1. Plug the transducer into the control head, then power up the control head. When the control head detects a functioning transducer, it will automatically enter Normal operating mode. 2. View the sonar signal at its best by holding the transducer over the side, immersed in the water, so that it is pointing straight down over a known flat bottom. Use the display to benchmark against the sonar signal that will be detected once the transducer is placed in the hull. 3. Place the transducer body face down at the identified mounting location inside the hull, with the pointed end towards the bow (Figure 28). 4. Fill the hull with enough water to submerge the transducer body. Use a sand-filled bag or other heavy object to hold the transducer in position. The transducer cannot transmit through air, and the water purges any air from between the transducer and the hull, and fills any voids in the coarse fiberglass surface. 5. View the sonar signal on the display and compare against what was observed in Step 2, making sure that the boat is in the same location as it was during your observations in Step 2. If the results are comparable, move on to Step 6. Otherwise, locate a new position in the hull and repeat Steps 3 through 5. 6. Run the boat at various speeds and water depths while observing the screen on the control head. If depth performance is required, test the transducer in water at the desired depth. If the performance is acceptable, move on to Step 7. If the performance is not acceptable, repeat Steps 3 through 6. 7. Once you have determined the best mounting location using the above steps, mark the position of the transducer.

Display

LEFT Arrow Key RIGHT Arrow Key POWER/MENU Key
What You See On the Display
The PiranhaMAX displays underwater information in an easy-to-understand format. The top of the display corresponds to the water surface at the transducer, and the bottom of the display corresponds to the Depth Range automatically selected for the current water depth. The Bottom Contour varies as the depth under the boat changes. Digital readouts provide precise information for depth, fish and water temperature. As the boat moves, terrain and bottom composition variations are displayed. Fish, baitfish and thermoclines (underwater temperature changes) are displayed when detected. Underwater conditions vary greatly, so some experience and interpretation is needed to realize all the benefits of the PiranhaMAX use the following illustration as a guide to the most common conditions and practice using your PiranhaMAX over known bottom types.
PMAX150/190c (Single Beam) and PMAX160/170 (Dual Beam) Display
* Units with 83 kHz Dual Beam sonar show targets in the wide beam as hollow fish icons. 1 - Water Surface Line 2 - Depth - Measured at the Transducer 3 - Temperature 4 - Upper Range 5 - Surface Clutter 6 - Structure 7 - Bottom Contour 8 - Lower Range
9 - 83 kHz, Wide Beam Hollow Fish Symbol (Dual Beam Units only)* 10 - 200 kHz, Narrow Beam Shaded Fish Symbol 11 - 455 kHz, Right Beam Fish Symbol (Tri Beam Unit only)** 12 - 455 kHz, Left Beam Fish Symbol (Tri Beam Unit only)**
PMAX180 (Tri Beam) Display
* Units with 455 kHz Tri Beam sonar show targets in the left beam as left-looking fish symbols, and targets in the right beam as right-looking fish symbols.
PiranhaMAX Sonar Technology
The PiranhaMAX is the easiest to use fishfinder ever. For most anglers, all youll ever need to do is power on and fish! The PiranhaMAX automatically determines depth and makes adjustments to keep the bottom and fish visible on the display. The PiranhaMAX uses sonar technology to send sound waves from the transducer into the water. The returned echoes are plotted on the display, creating a very accurate picture of the underwater world, including distance to underwater objects such as the bottom, fish, and structure.

(Setting Not Saved in Memory) Press the POWER-MENU key until LIGHT appears. Use the backlight for night fishing. Select either 0 (Off), or 1 through 5 to activate the backlight at the desired level. (0 to 5, Default = 0 [PiranhaMAX150/160/170/180]; 0 to 10, Default = 10 [PiranhaMAX190c])
NOTE: Continuous backlight operation will significantly decrease the battery life for PiranhaMAX Portables.

Sensitivity

(Setting Saved in Memory) Press the POWER-MENU key until SENSITIVITY appears. Sensitivity controls how much detail is shown on the display. Increasing the sensitivity shows more sonar returns from small baitfish and suspended debris in the water; however, the display may become too cluttered. When operating in very clear water or greater depths, increased sensitivity shows weaker returns that may be of interest. Decreasing the sensitivity eliminates the clutter from the display that is sometimes present in murky or muddy water. If Sensitivity is adjusted too low, the display may not show many sonar returns that could be fish. (0 10, Default = 5)

Depth Range

(Setting Not Saved in Memory) Press the POWER-MENU key until DEPTH RANGE appears. Automatic is the default setting. When in automatic, the lower range will be adjusted by the unit to follow the bottom. (Auto, 15 to 600 ft [PiranhaMAX150/160], 15 to 800 ft [PiranhaMAX170/180/190c], Default = Auto)
NOTE: In manual operation, if the depth is greater than the depth range setting, the bottom will not be visible on the display. Select AUTO to return to automatic operation.
(Setting Not Saved in Memory) Press the POWER-MENU key until ZOOM appears. Select Auto to magnify the area around the bottom in order to reveal fish and structure close to the bottom that may not be visible during normal operation. When ZOOM is set to Auto, the upper and lower Depth Ranges are automatically adjusted to keep the area above and below the bottom on the display. Select Off to return to normal operation. (Off, Auto, Manual Ranges, Default = Off)

Upper Zoom Range Structure
Magnified Bottom with More Detail Lower Zoom Range
There is also a series of manual ranges which can be selected. The manual depth ranges are determined by the present depth conditions.

Chart Speed

(Setting Saved in Memory) Press the POWER-MENU key until CHART SPEED appears. Select a setting from 1-5 to increase or decrease the chart speed, where 1 is the slowest and 5 is the fastest chart speed. Chart speed determines the speed at which the sonar information moves across the display, and consequently the amount of detail shown. A faster speed shows more information and is preferred by most anglers; however, the sonar information moves across the display quickly. A slower speed keeps the information on the display longer, but the bottom and fish details become compressed and may be difficult to interpret. (1 to 5, Default = 5)

Fish Alarm

(Setting Saved in Memory) Press the POWER-MENU key until FISH ALARM appears. Select Off for no fish alarm, or one of the following symbols to set the alarm. An alarm will sound when the PiranhaMAX detects fish that correspond to the alarm setting. Fish Alarm will only sound if Fish ID+ is also set to On. (Off, Large, Large/Medium, All, Default = Off) Large fish only Large/Medium fish only All fish

Depth Alarm

(Setting Saved in Memory) Press the POWER-MENU key until DEPTH ALARM appears. Select OFF for no Depth Alarm, or select 3 to 99 feet to set the alarm depth. An audible alarm sounds when the depth is equal to or less than the setting. (Off, 3 to 99 feet, Default = Off)

Filter

(Setting Saved in Memory) Press the POWER-MENU key until FILTER appears. Select either Off or On. Filter adjusts the sonar filter to limit interference on the display from sources such as your boat engine, turbulence, or other sonar devices. (On, Off, Default = Off)

SetUp Menu

(Setting Not Saved in Memory) Press the POWER-MENU key until SetUp appears. Press the RIGHT Arrow key to select On. (Off, On, Default = Off) When you activate SetUp, additional menu choices will become available that are not a part of the Main Menu system. After selecting SetUp, press the POWER-MENU key to display the SetUp menu choices, one at a time. SetUp Menu choices include: Contrast Fish ID+TM Bottom View Battery Alarm Language (International only) Units (International only).
Scroll through all SetUp menu choices to exit the SetUp menu.

Contrast (SetUp Menu)

(Setting Saved in Memory, Monochrome only) Make sure that the SetUp menu is selected, then press the POWER-MENU key until CONTRAST appears. Select a setting from 1 through 5. (1 to 5, Default = 3) Scroll through all SetUp menu choices to exit the SetUp menu.

Fish ID+TM (SetUp Menu)

(Setting Saved in Memory) Make sure that the SetUp menu is selected, then press the POWER-MENU key until FISH ID+TM appears. Select either Off to view raw sonar returns or On to view Fish symbols. Fish ID+TM uses advanced signal processing to interpret sonar returns, and will display a Fish Symbol when very selective requirements are met. A select number of possible fish returns will be displayed with their associated depth. (On, Off, Default = On) Scroll through all SetUp menu choices to exit the SetUp menu. Dual Beam Single Beam
Raw Sonar, Fish ID+TM Off Raw Sonar, Fish ID+TM Off Raw Sonar, Fish ID+TM Off 200 kHz Narrow beam, Fish ID+TM On 200 kHz Narrow beam, Fish ID+TM On 200 kHz Narrow beam, Fish ID+TM On 83 kHz Wide beam, Fish ID+TM On 455 kHz Left and right beam, Fish ID+TM On
NOTE: Returns from the 200 kHz narrow beam are shown with shaded fish symbols while the 83 kHz wide beam (and 455 kHz beam) returns are displayed with hollow fish symbols. NOTE: Hollow fish symbols are not available on 200 kHz Single Beam sonar units.

Tri Beam

Bottom View (SetUp Menu)
(Setting Saved in Memory) Make sure that the SetUp menu is selected, then press the POWER-MENU key until BOTTOM VIEW appears. Bottom View selects the method used to represent the bottom and structure on the display. (Structure ID, Black, WhiteLine, Inverse, Default = Inverse) Scroll through all SetUp menu choices to exit the SetUp menu.
Structure ID represents weak returns as light pixels and strong returns as dark pixels. This has the benefit of ensuring that strong returns will be clearly visible on the display.
Black (Bottom Black) displays all pixels below the bottom contour as black, regardless of signal strength. This has the benefit of providing a high contrast between the bottom and other sonar returns on the display.
NOTE: Bottom Black View is not available on color models.
WhiteLine highlights the strongest sonar returns in white resulting in a distinctive outline. This has the benefit of clearly defining the bottom on the display.
Inverse is a method where weak returns are shown with dark pixels and strong returns with lighter pixels. This has the benefit of ensuring that weak signals will be clearly visible on the display.
NOTE: Inverse View is not available on color models.
Battery Alarm (SetUp Menu)
(Setting Saved in Memory) Make sure that the SetUp menu is selected, then press the POWER-MENU key until BATTERY ALARM appears. Select Off or 8.5 to 13.5 Volts. Battery Alarm sounds when the input battery voltage is equal to or less than the menu setting. (Off, 8.5 to 13.5 Volts, Default = Off) Scroll through all SetUp menu choices to exit the SetUp menu.

Language (SetUp Menu)

(Setting Saved in Memory, International only) Make sure that the SetUp menu is selected, then press the POWER-MENU key until LANGUAGE appears (International Units only). LANGUAGE selects the display language for menus. (Settings vary, Default = English) Scroll through all SetUp menu choices to exit the SetUp menu.

Units (SetUp Menu)

(Setting Saved in Memory, International only) Make sure that the SetUp menu is selected, then press the POWER-MENU key until UNITS appears (International Units only). UNITS selects the units of measure. (Feet/F, Meters/C, Fathoms/C, Default = Meters/C, where F stands for Fahrenheit and C stands for Celsius) Scroll through all SetUp menu choices to exit the SetUp menu.

Maintenance

Your PiranhaMAX is designed to provide years of trouble-free operation with virtually no maintenance. Follow these simple procedures to ensure your PiranhaMAX continues to deliver top performance. If the unit comes into contact with salt spray, wipe the affected surfaces with a cloth dampened in fresh water. Do not use a chemical glass cleaner on the lens - this may cause cracking in the lens. When cleaning the LCD protective lens, use a chamois and non-abrasive, mild cleaner. Do not wipe while dirt or grease is on the lens. Be careful to avoid scratching the lens. If your boat remains in the water for long periods of time, marine growth can reduce the effectiveness of the transducer. Periodically clean the face of the transducer with liquid detergent. If your boat remains out of the water for a long period of time, it may take some time to wet the transducer when returned to the water. Small air bubbles can cling to the surface of the transducer and interfere with proper operation. These bubbles dissipate with time, or you can wipe the face of the transducer with your fingers after the transducer is in the water. Never leave the unit in a closed car or trunkthe extremely high temperatures generated in hot weather can damage the electronics.

Troubleshooting

Do not attempt to repair the PiranhaMAX yourself. There are no user-serviceable parts inside, and special tools and techniques are required for assembly to ensure the waterproof integrity of the housing. Repairs should be performed only by authorized Humminbird technicians. Many requests for repair received by Humminbird involve units that do not actually need repair. These units are returned no problem found. If you have a problem with your PiranhaMAX, use the following troubleshooting guide before calling the Customer Resource Center or sending your unit in for repair.
1. Nothing happens when I turn the unit on.
Check the power cable connection at both ends. Be sure the cable is connected correctly to a reliable power source red lead to positive, black lead to negative or ground. Ensure the power available is between 10 and 20 VDC. If the unit is wired through a fuse panel, ensure the panel is powered. Often accessory fuse panels are controlled by a separate switch or the ignition switch. Also, often a fuse can appear to be good when it is not. Check the fuse with a tester or replace it with a fuse known to be good. Check the power connection to the PiranhaMAX. It is possible to force the power cable connector into the cable holder incorrectly. If the connector is reversed, the unit will not work. Examine the contacts on the back of the unit to ensure there is no corrosion.

Humminbird 1-Year Limited Warranty
We warrant the original retail purchaser that products made by Humminbird have been manufactured free from defects in materials and workmanship. This warranty is effective for one year from the date of original retail purchase. Humminbird products found to be defective and covered by this warranty will be replaced or repaired free of charge at Humminbirds option and returned to the customer freight prepaid. Humminbirds sole responsibility under this warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of a product that has been deemed defective by Humminbird. Humminbird is not responsible for charges connected with the removal of such product or reinstallation of replaced or repaired parts. This warranty does not apply to a product that has been: Improperly installed; Used in an installation other than that recommended in the product installation and operation instructions; Damaged or has failed because of an accident or abnormal operation; Repaired or modified by entities other than Humminbird. Please retain your original receipt as a proof of the purchase date. This will be required for in-warranty service. THIS WARRANTY IS EXPRESSLY IN LIEU OF ANY OTHER WARRANTIES, OBLIGATIONS OR LIABILITIES ON THE PART OF HUMMINBIRD AND WILL BE THE CUSTOMER'S EXCLUSIVE REMEDY, EXCEPT FOR ANY APPLICABLE IMPLIED WARRANTIES UNDER STATE LAW WHICH ARE HEREBY LIMITED IN DURATION TO ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE. IN NO EVENT WILL HUMMINBIRD BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY RELATING TO THE PRODUCTS. Some states do not allow limitations on an implied warranty, or the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages, so the above exclusions may not apply to you. You may also have other rights, which vary from state to state.
Humminbird Service Policy
Even though you'll probably never need to take advantage of our incredible service policy, it's good to know that we back our products this confidently. We do it because you deserve the best. We will make every effort to repair your unit within three business days from the receipt of your unit at our factory. This does not include shipping time to and from our factory. Units received on Friday are typically shipped by the following Wednesday, units received Monday are typically shipped by Thursday, etc. All repair work is performed by factory-trained technicians to meet exacting factory specifications. Factory-serviced units go through the same rigorous testing and quality control inspections as new production units. After the original warranty period, a standard flat rate service charge will be assessed for each repair (physical damage and missing parts are not included). Any repairs made after the original warranty will be warranted for an additional 90 days after service has been performed by our factory technicians. You can contact our Customer Resource Center or visit our website to verify the flat rate repair fee for your product (visit the Product Support section): http://www.humminbird.com We reserve the right to deem any product unserviceable when replacement parts are no longer available or impossible to obtain. This Service Policy is valid in the United States only. This applies only to Humminbird products returned to our factory in Eufaula, Alabama. This Service Policy is subject to change without notice. DOMESTIC (USA) CUSTOMERS: PLEASE DO NOT RETURN THIS PRODUCT TO STORE FOR SERVICE For all technical issues please call 1-800-633-1468 Or visit www.humminbird.com, click SUPPORT Please reference product serial number and model number when contacting Humminbird.

Returning Your Unit for Service
Before sending your unit in for repair, please contact the factory, either by phone or by email, to obtain a Repair Authorization Number for your unit.
NOTE: Please do not return your Humminbird to the store for service.
Please have your product model name and serial number available before calling the factory. If you contact the factory by e-mail, please include your product model name and serial number in the e-mail, and use Request for Repair Authorization Number for your e-mail subject header. You should include your Repair Authorization Number in all subsequent communications about your unit. For IN-WARRANTY service, complete the following steps: Obtain a Repair Authorization Number from the Humminbird Customer Resource Center. Tag product with your name, street address, phone number and your assigned Repair Authorization Number. Include a brief written description of the problem. Include a copy of your receipt (to show proof and date of purchase). Return product freight prepaid to Humminbird, using an insured carrier with delivery confirmation. For OUT-OF-WARRANTY service, complete the following steps: Obtain a Repair Authorization Number from the Humminbird Customer Resource Center. Include payment in the form of credit card number and expiration date, money order or personal check. Please do not send cash. Tag product with your name, street address, phone number and your assigned Repair Authorization Number. Include a brief written description of the problem. Return product freight prepaid to Humminbird, using an insured carrier with delivery confirmation.

Specifications

Depth Capability.. 600 ft (185 m) (PMAX150/160)
800 ft (250 m) (PMAX170/180/190c)
Power Output...800 Watts (PTP) (PMAX150/160)
1600 Watts (PTP) (PMAX170/180/190c)
Operating Frequency.. 200 kHz Single Beam (PMAX150/190c)
200 kHz and 83 kHz Dual Beam (PMAX160/170) 200 kHz and 455 kHz Tri Beam (PMAX180 only)
Area of Coverage (PMAX150/190c).. 20 @ -10 dB in 200 kHz Area of Coverage (PMAX160/170)... 60 @ -10 dB in 83 kHz

20 @ -10 dB in 200 kHz

Area of Coverage (PMAX180).. 20 @ -10 dB in 200 kHz

 

Technical specifications

General
Product TypeFishfinder - included transducer : XNT-9-QB-90-T
Width4 in
Depth3 in
Height6 in
Transducer
Transducer TypeTriple-beam
Transducer MountTransom, in-hull
Maximum Depth800 ft
Target Separation2.5 in
Beamwidth20/(2)35 degrees
Operating Frequency200/455 kHz
Power Output (Peak to Peak)1600 W
Power Output (RMS)200 W
Transducer FeaturesBuilt-in temperature sensor
Built-in Display
TypeFSTN
Resolution160 x 240
Display Diagonal4"
Color SupportMonochrome
Color Depth8-level grayscale
Display IlluminationYes
Power
Low Voltage PowerDC 10 - 20 V
Miscellaneous
WaterproofYes
Universal Product Identifiers
BrandHumminbird
Part Number406890-1
GTIN00082324031519

 

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