You will likely notice that we do not have a tipping downrod system. Our downrod is entirely removable. You drop the downrod into a leveled plate and gravity does the rest.
We decided against a tipping system because of several issues:
1. Tipping it into the boat either blocks a good portion of the boat with a downrod or leaves the downrod typically sticking out past the gunnel.
This causes it to either be a trip hazard or a catch hazzard if you are fishing near docks, trees, stumps, etc.
2. Tipping a downrod requires clearance in the direction it is tipped. Inevitably, you will have the boat run into something in such a way that you cannot tip the downrod to get it out of harms way.
That means the only way to prevent damage is to move the boat. And sometimes that is impossible so you will run the system into something and likely break it, bend it or damage it in some way.
With a Bowducer system there is no tipping. If you can lift straight up, you can get the downrod out of the way of something in less than a second.
And, as it is not hard connected to the baseplate, you can stow the downrod out of the way.
Mounting 2 transducers is possible with most downrods. Typically a "live" transducer (livescope, livesight) is mounted to the side of a downrod and the SideView/DownView transducer is mounted to the bottom of the disk. If you plan this, please just let us know what transducers you are working with and we will ensure that the downrod and its end is properly setup for the transducer you have.
Marine board baseplates are made with 3/4 inch thick solid plastic (HDPE). They are a good combination of strength and low cost. They are not as strong as aluminum.
Aluminum baseplates are made with 1/2 inch thick Aluminum plate finished and anodized. The inner cup is polished to present a good bearing surface for the downrod. Aluminum goes through much more finishing and thus its cost is higher (a bit over the cost of a replacement in marine board).
If you are fishing very stump filled water, you might consider aluminum as it is the strongest material we offer. If you are fishing lakes where impacts are minimized, or unlikely, the Marine board material will serve quite suitably.
Systems requiring 15 or 18 inch baseplates we generally recommend you stay with aluminum as it is more rigid for the long span required for that mounting.
As the LIVE transducers are most useful when you can easily reach the downrod while watching the screens, these transducers are best mounted near the location you are fishing. Boats with track systems readily allow this. Those with decks that are near the top of the gunnel work best with pedestal systems.