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Mij posted 11-30-2009 02:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for Mij   Send Email to Mij  
I [may] install a depthsounder and was looking for opinions on two models:
--Lowrance LST-3800
--Humminbird HDR610

I just want a simple two-inch gauge that will let me know the kids can dive head-first into the water. Any thoughts and experiences with them?

20dauntless posted 11-30-2009 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless    
I've got the Humminbird HDR610 on the Whaler and the C-Dory. It works great for what you describe and it's very reasonably priced.
Mij posted 11-30-2009 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mij  Send Email to Mij     
Where did you mount the transducer on the hull? 8" from center? Does it manage to show depth even at speed?

Thanks for your feedback :)


20dauntless posted 11-30-2009 11:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless    
I didn't mount them myself on either boat, and it's been awhile since I've seen either boat. But my recollection is that the transducer on the Whaler is mounted under the swim platform on the port side, which has got to be more than 8" from the center. I think the one on the C-Dory is mounted about 12" to the starboard of center.

The important thing is that they have a smooth flow of water. They read the depth fine at speed.

18 Ventura posted 12-01-2009 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for 18 Ventura    
I don’t have any experience with the Lowrance unit you mention, but I’ve had Humminbird HDR610s on my last two boats. I never encountered any problems with either sounder. Easy installation. Easy to use. I also like the keel offset feature. I think the HDR610s tend to lose some accuracy at extreme depths, but I can't imagine that would be too much of a problem on a Montauk 17. It’s certainly never been a [concern] for me.

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