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Old 08-05-2013, 08:29 PM   #1
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State-of-the-art depth indicator for dinghy . . .

Back when I was living the cruising life (and I so fervently wish that it had gone on forever!) we would use an 8' line with 1' markers and a small mushroom anchor at the end to explore for suitable anchorages in far away places with strange sounding names.

Being older, sadder, and hopefully wiser, I now want to do the same thing again, even though the First Mate jumped ship. But I figure that the technology has probably changed, and that there must now be a better way to do it.

All of which is by way of asking if there are any suggestions for a battery-operated depth indicator which can be hand carried in a dinghy. Doesn't have to be precise.

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Back when I was living the cruising life (and I so fervently wish that it had gone on forever!) we would use an 8' line with 1' markers and a small mushroom anchor at the end to explore for suitable anchorages in far away places with strange sounding names.

Being older, sadder, and hopefully wiser, I now want to do the same thing again, even though the First Mate jumped ship. But I figure that the technology has probably changed, and that there must now be a better way to do it.

All of which is by way of asking if there are any suggestions for a battery-operated depth indicator which can be hand carried in a dinghy. Doesn't have to be precise.

John
John: We have a Hummingbird Piranhamax 230 portable unit for the last 6 years. It runs on 8 AA batteries. It has all the functions of a built in unit. We use it primarily for dinghy fishing. It would also work as a good back-up. We lent it to some friends who had lost the primary depth finder in the middle of the season. They used it for 2 months full time and never bumped.

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John,

I use this Hawkeye Handheld Sonar H22PX battery handheld sonar depth finder when in the dinghy. I costs around $80 and is the size of a standard flashlight (7 1/2 in). You just put the tip in the water and push a button. In my tests it was very accurate. Just be sure not to drop it, as it doesn't float!
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Thanks, guys. Good info there, and just the type of information that I was looking for.

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John,

I use this Hawkeye Handheld Sonar H22PX battery handheld sonar depth finder when in the dinghy. I costs around $80 and is the size of a standard flashlight (7 1/2 in). You just put the tip in the water and push a button. In my tests it was very accurate. Just be sure not to drop it, as it doesn't float!
PLUS, it also has a temperature gauge!
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