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GARMIN Depth Sounder: Minimum Depth
|Author||Topic: GARMIN Depth Sounder: Minimum Depth|
posted 01-12-2007 07:00 PM ET (US)
[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"
posted 01-14-2007 12:07 AM ET (US)
Who needs a depth finder in 6 inches of water?
posted 01-14-2007 05:51 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-15-2007 06:37 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-15-2007 07:07 PM ET (US)
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)
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.
posted 01-15-2007 10:20 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-15-2007 10:32 PM ET (US)
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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