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Old 03-17-2008
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It will greatly depend on transducer...most sonar ducers transmit at a much higher frequency and with more power, and more frequently than a standalone ducer used merely for depth. However, the charter that comes with it will often allow you to customize settings and I believe turn off the enhanced transmit. If you are just a weekend sailor probably will not effect you tremendously...

A fish+depth ducer of one popular brand draws 1.5 amps of power.

See this article however for a deeper analysis...

Chuck Husick on BoatUScom
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