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Is there a hand held depth sounder that you would recommend for use on a sailboat? The HawkEye H22PX has very mixed reviews and I can't locate reviews on the Speedtech device.
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We're on our second H22PX.. the first cracked and lost its seal, water got inside and it died.. this past summer #2 stopped working, wet inside again, with no visible flaws. Needless to say I'm discouraged. I think I'll contact them to see what they say. The nice thing about this one is it gives water temp too.

If they don't come up with something I'm pretty sure we'll try another brand next time.

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Re: Handheld depth sounder?

We have a Speedtech handheld. It was given to me so I didn't have to pay the outrageous price for it. It comes with an accessory cable that you can plug in and dip the transducer over the side. I actually use it in the dink. I hold the transducer against the floor of the dinghy with my foot while taking readings.




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Re: Handheld depth sounder?

We have one like the one at;
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Have had it for may years and used it a LOT. It's always done well by us.

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Re: Handheld depth sounder?

I actually tested this one and it worked pretty darned good at sailing speeds, which are pretty slow in comparison to retrieved speeds with a fishing rod. No alarms, but you find out how deep the water is and what's beneath the surface.

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Re: Handheld depth sounder?

I highly recommend this one.

It has all the features:
  • Depth
  • Water Temperature
  • Bottom type

I've had it for years and never have had to change any batteries.
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Is it metric davidpm?

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Re: Handheld depth sounder?

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Is it metric davidpm?
Certainly available in metric.. or whatever else you want to calibrate it to.

...and, by the sound of Faster's post, a lot more reliable than the HawkEye H22PX.



FWIW, here's the Calibration Tool. Most places have them readily available:
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Re: Handheld depth sounder?

no experience with either of these on a sailboat but they both impressed me when used on row boats and small power boats.
Lorrance and hummingbird portable. They use d size batteries and I just stick the suction cup in a handy place li8ne up the transducer takes less than five minutes and read the bottom
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FWIW, here's the Calibration Tool. Most places have them readily available:
.. how long do the batteries last in that one??

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