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Re: Why do people still use depth sounders?
Mine is most relevant during anchoring. I'll glance at it from time to time while sailing, but almost never sail in areas where I don't know the local hazards or haven't checked the charts.
Having said that, I've seen plenty of charts that were either outdated or simply incorrect. With variables such as tides, water level fluctuation (a recent concern in the Great Lakes), shifting shoals, etc. I find that I'm more confident when using both charts and a sounder, even if they may sometimes be redundant.
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