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myakka posted 01-12-2007 07:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for myakka   Send Email to myakka  
[Seeks] first hand information on the new Garmin sounders in shallow water.

From the Basspro website for the new Garmin fishfinders:

"Shallow Precision Signal provides signal in as little as 6" of water" hvarTarget=search
I can not find this information on the Garmin site.

bms1939 posted 01-14-2007 12:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for bms1939  Send Email to bms1939     
Who needs a depth finder in 6 inches of water?
myakka posted 01-14-2007 05:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
Clearly you havn't done enough boating and fishing in Charlotte harbor.;)
Charlotte harbor is shallow and has poor visibility
While I may not need a sounder to function in six inches of water with my Whaler, I could get real close to that with my Zodiac.
bms1939 posted 01-15-2007 06:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for bms1939  Send Email to bms1939     
Thanks for the info on Charlotte Harbor, now I now where not to go boating. The only boat I own that would float in 6 inches of water has oars, it would be difficult to row in 6 inches of water. Read the review on the bass pro page that you posted, it states that it starts to blink in 1.2 feet of water. I don't think your going to find one that will read any shallower than that. Any fish finder I have owned would start to blink at 2.5 to 3 feet, most power boats need at least that much water to effectively navigate.
myakka posted 01-15-2007 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
Thanks bms1939
Unfortunatly, for some reason in the review area of the page it says "Have you used this product? Be the first to Write a Review". Thanks for your kind help.
BOB KEMMLER JR posted 01-15-2007 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
I have been in Charlotte harbor and what Mike says is dead on.A accurate depth finder to 6" would be awesome to have anywhere along the Gulf Coast.
myakka posted 01-15-2007 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
Thanks Bob
My whaler can run continuously in 1.3'( no offset) of water( on plane) and I can hop bars in a couple of inches less than that when i need to.Shallow water sounder performance is important down here.
where2 posted 01-15-2007 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Nice to see some manufacturer of depth sounding equipment may have actually noticed that I find myself wanting to know more about depths under 3' than I do about those over 400'.

Don't ask how shallow you can run a Rage. OMC recomended not less than 2' as it can vacuum things off the bottom, especially if it is on plane... The 15_Sport can float in 8" of water, and run in 12" if I am just idling.

My dad's 27' houseboat will run in water less than knee deep. We tested that feature 2 weeks ago.

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