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Which rangefinder do you use and do you like it?
It's a Leica Rangemaster with 1200 meter range. We bought it at least 7-8 yrs ago and it wasn't that cheap. We like the 7x optics and the ability to range on small objects like lobster pot floats. Most of these devices seem to be aimed at the golfing crowd for pin spotting. Normally we (nor golfers) need 1200 meter range, and the extended range added to the cost, but it comes in handy under hazy conditions that reduce the effective range due to aerosol scattering.

We picked up on the laser range finder (LRF) notion from a long-term cruising couple who found it very helpful. We have taken our LRF on our Caribbean charters and found it very useful in Great Harbour, JVD, before moorings, to get comfortable about being off a lee shore in strong winds and questionable holding (supposedly broken elk horn coral). Given that our boat has a very shallow draft and we are able to anchor at the edge of an anchorage, we can find ourselves very close to shore. Periodically checking our distance to a point on shore lets us know if we are really holding. We find it especially helpful in the BI Salt Pond. We also find it helpful to establish that an upwind boat is not dragging down on us.
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We also find it helpful to establish that an upwind boat is not dragging down on us.

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It's a Leica Rangemaster with 1200 meter range.
This one has good reviews:

https://www.amazon.com/SA-Sports-7-2...+finder+marine

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It also has bad reviews. You can spend less for a lesser brand, but Leica quality is legendary. Mine has performed flawlessly for many years and the optics are incredibly sharp. There are newer Leica models out there, but I can't speak for them or any other brand.

FWIW, the visibility is about 1000 ft right now and I am only able to range out to about 300 ft, which is a useful range in a foggy anchorage. Also, my records show that I paid $400 for my unit in 2006.

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We've been using one for some years. Worth getting one with decent optics but more important is resistance to water intrusion and being dropped. Paid $130 for current one. Have had it 2 years. It's a monocular, rubber clad and water resistant. Bought it off a link from a hunting web site.

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I have a Bushnell that I also use for golf. Seems bulletproof and have had it ten years.

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