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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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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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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.

Wristwatch fish finder

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Gary
 

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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?
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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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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I've got the Hawkeye H22PX, but can't recommend it. Our first H22PX leaked and stopped working. Luckily, customer service at Norcross (manufacturer) seems good since they replaced it quickly with no questions asked. Now our second unit only works sporadically. I like the idea of a handheld unit for use on the dinghy and as a backup on the mothership, but it mostly stays stowed since it hasn't been reliable.
 

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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.
I used to have one of those. I had made mine from and old weight that had been used to counter balance a window. I had a squirrel y depth finder on my first sailboat that would go out whenever the engine was cranked and the old lead line would come in handy at times.
 

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We've got a speedtech that's we've had for many years. Been reliable, no issues.

We find it useful when you're anchoring someplace new, that's tight. Put down the hook, and take a dingy ride testing the swing radius for depth. A surprise in the dingy is less costly than the sailboat :)
 
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